Three concerned citizens, Laurel Carlson, Kay Zempel, and Shawna Bremmer, came to the city council to follow up with a letter sent last summer asking the council to consider making the intersection of 3rd St. and 7th Ave. a four way stop. Police Chief Brian Struffert was also in attendance. The citizens were concerned about people speeding on the street. Struffert reported that the police logged five hours this summer monitoring car speeds along that road. Some council members suggested monitoring during the school year, during the reported times of frequent speeding. Struffert was concerned about shifting the traffic flow to a different intersection, leading to residents on that street to come in and request more stop signs.
After discussing several options, Council member Steve Nordaune motioned to make the intersection of 3rd Street and 7th Avenue a four way stop. The council approved.
The Planning Commission report mentioned a request for two variances for a property on Highway 212 at Lincoln Street. One is to allow the construction of a retail structure, located within 10’ of the rear lot line. The other is to allow a variance relative to 28 parking spaces. The commission will hold the public hearing on Oct. 30th at 5 p.m. at the city hall.
In other news:
The council awarded the Utility Line clearing bid to Minnesota Valley Tree Service. The baseline bid is $96,000, and the council put a cap of $120,000. The work was last done in 2018-2020.
The council approved adopting the spill prevention plan, which covers the airport, diesel generating plant, and public works garage.
The Memorial Park project received the plumbing permit for the bathroom facility. Surveying will start at the end of the month, and they will be looking for bids for Phase 2 early next year.
The council discussed improvements to City Hall. In the last meeting they mentioned sound panels to reduce echo in the council chamber. They also discussed adding a door with key codes to make the back office area more secure and professional. The council held off on action in order to research any possible grant options.
Back in 2014, the council approved replacing pedestrian ramps at the intersection of Chippewa County roads 5 and 38. The project will happen in 2019. The city will cover 10 percent of the costs, estimated at $8,000-13,000. Federal funding will cover 80 percent. The council wanted to know the total project cost.
Ron Fagen offered to cover the cost for a two inch overlay for the airport parking lot to match the newly reconstructed entry road at the airport. The council gratefully accepted the offer.