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Published November 14, 2012, 09:02 PM

Road remodeling leaving Detroit Lakes church upset

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - Frustration is building in Detroit Lakes. Crews recently wrapped up a major makeover to Roosevelt Avenue, and now, it's time for people to pay up.

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - Frustration is building in Detroit Lakes. Crews recently wrapped up a major makeover to Roosevelt Avenue, and now, it's time for people to pay up.

People told me they think it's unfair. They say Roosevelt Avenue is a major thoroughfare, especially now, after the updates. Yet, the bill is their burden.

515 square feet. That's how much of Grace Lutheran's land backs up to Roosevelt Avenue.

Tom Lormis, Grace Lutheran Churc: "We don't even have a driveway connected."

Yet it owes $12,000 dollars for assessments. The church says it's been dealt a blow with the bill for Roosevelt's updates.

Lormis: "We use the road maybe 1/10 of what everybody else does. And they don't get charged for any assessments."

Roosevelt was updated this year with a new gravel base and asphalt. The smoother surface for drivers is boosting traffic.

Mayor Matt Brenk, Detroit Lakes: "It's a much busier street."

The city says it's putting in its share for the road, nearly half of the $600,000 project, and the policy's been in place for several years.

Brenk: "It's served us well. It isn't always going to be perfect."

But the church says it's a financial burden. It says a little advance notice would've been nice.

Lormis: "Unless you are rolling in tons of money, it's hard to plan for that."

The city council unanimously approved the proposed assessments last night. The mayor says policy is policy. In order to make things fair, it needs to stay the same for everyone.

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