1/10/2019 4:46:00 PM Burington appointed to council; public facilities citizen advisors needed in 2019
Two well-qualified people were considered last week as potential appointees to fill a council seat emptied upon Kevin Stenson winning the mayor’s race in Lindstrom. In the end, after spontaneous interviewing of interested applicants Laurie Burington and Katie Werman Roche, council appointed Burington to serve the council term.
The council members emerging as winners from the ballot-- Bill Schlumbohm and AnnMarie Brink-- were also sworn in last week during the 2019 organizational meeting.
Council noted that Roche had less experience in city government than Burington has. She is on the city planning commission and before moving to Lindstrom 20-plus years ago, Burington served on the South St. Paul Council as an alternate.
Roche did accept appointment to the Lindstrom Planning Commission and Economic Development Authority, filling vacant seats. The EDA still has one position that needs to be filled. Contact city hall to apply.
Council member David Waldoch had opened the appointments discussion declaring he “feels strongly” that the council seat should be advertised. He motioned to wait a couple weeks on filling the vacant Stenson seat but got no second and his motion died.
Mayor Stenson stressed the council should forge ahead and Burington was supported unanimously.
Fees and rental rates were approved for 2019 and among the highlights: city sewer customers will pay $7.98 per 1,000 gallons and customers with more than 5,000 gallons’ use pay $8.82 per 1,000 gallons. These are up 35 cents and 50 cents.
Base fees remained the same -- $10 per quarter for residential water and $32 per quarter residential sewer. The quarterly state testing fee stays at $1.59 per quarter.
Rates to rent the community center big room were increased for NON-resident users. Council member Brink explained that other communities have much higher rates for people reserving from outside their towns, and she felt that Lindstrom residents should see a bigger break. The community room fees vary for civic groups or sports team events and non-profits, so it’s best to inquire.
Fairview Cemetery fees also were approved, with traditional size plots $600 and cremated remains-sized area for $300. (There is a committee reviewing installing a columbarium.)Opening/closing fees are additional at $350 and $75 and in winter $425 and $90.
City park rentals are available and community center room rental, etc. Contact city hall for a full list or see the website.
Lindstrom Council also had consensus to name a “Public Facilities Working Group” in 2019. City Administrator John Olinger said the city is facing space needs for police and fire and potentially other capital projects in the coming years.
The planning for facilities should include the township, police commission (Chisago City) and citizens. Council told Olinger to draft a plan and council will add details, and people should watch for developments on the work group schedule and structure for the group.