|6/25/2020 2:36:00 PM|
Lindstrom City Council briefs...
The full Lindstrom City Council met June 18, seated in chambers several feet apart. The Lindstrom City Hall entryway is open for the public to do business, but the interior area is still off limits.
The council meeting included an update from the Chief of Police on the month’s activity since the last council session. Chief Schlumbohm said one Lakes Area P.D. officer assisted in the unrest in the Twin Cities metro area, on a SWAT unit providing back-up security.
The chief also said Lindstrom has an emergency warning siren needing replacement. The item probably needs to be budgeted for next year, as the systems can be $20,000 to replace.
City Administrator John Olinger also reported on the “extra territorial” powers Lindstrom adopted to halt developments in the township area, adjacent to the urban district. The halt or moratorium, in new development projects may need to be extended, he announced.
Extra-terrtorial moratorium status was set to expire in August but continuing it is “probable,” Olinger said.
Council will see an update on planning issues that necessitated Lindstrom to enact the moratorium at next month’s council meeting.
Liaison to the East Central Regional Library system, Council member David Waldoch, told council the Chisago Lakes Library is planning to re-open in July and mask-wearing will be mandated.
The curbside pick-up of reading materials is going well, and fully utilized, he added. The Friday curbside pick-up of items ordered on-line is the busiest. Materials that are returned during this covid breakout are left to sit for about three days, cleaned and staff wear gloves going about the processing.
The hard copy of the 2019 financial audit was not available to those observing the meeting on the Internet. The Council unanimously adopted the audit. Highlights in Andy Berg’s remote presentation include the Abdo Abdo Eick summary showing the tax rate has been decreasing over the last four years and the rate per capita has also been heading downward. Liquor transfers from the on sale bar were up from the year before, at approxximately $426,000 and transfers into the city bank account from the off-sale store came to about $142,000. Berg said the municipals were above “the state average” for government run liquor enterprises in 2019.