|7/16/2020 3:11:00 PM|
Taylors Falls Council annexes land, grant apps approved
The gang was all back together again Monday night, as Taylors Falls City Council convened an open door meeting. The council and attendees were masked in accordance with the city’s public health official Dr. Bill Young’s advice and chamber chairs were far apart.
Mayor Mike Buchite breezed through the agenda, with council approving, on a 5-0 vote, a petition from Joe Stein to annex about 25 acres near Herberg Road, out of Shafer Township into Taylors Falls.
Shafer Twsp. supervisors already approved the action in their July 9 meeting.
Stein said he has some parcels in the city already and just wants to group all his property into the city.
Council member Ross Rivard, who is public works liaison, explained the upcoming bid requests for seal coat and crack seal projects and council okayed Mike Kriz gathering quotes for both combined, for better prices.
The fire chief has located two grant programs that are good possibilities to help the city with equipment needs. The Otto Bremer Trust and Firehouse Subs (sandwiche chain) have grants of $60,000 and $20,000 the city will apply for. If won by the city-- will go towards a pickup truck/rescue vehicle and for specialized gear.
The city staff has had success with the state grants system. The mayor presented two letters announcing the Dept. of Administration and MN Historical Society is sending funds to update design guidelines for the historic Angel Hill district. The Heritage Preservatio Commission was applauded by the state agencies for work on historic preservation.
And, Council appointed election judges Sandra Berg and Lynn Longnecker. City election administrator will be staff member Steve Heth; for both the primary in August and the November General.