11/13/2020 2:36:00 PM Center City Council discusses mall signage
Center City Council met November 4 for a regular meeting. All members were present. In old business, the council discussed the city's contract or lack of contract with Center City's current engineering firm. Mayor Mark Wolcott told the council it has been around a year since the city has been without a contract. Current engineer Les Mattefy has been with the city as an engineer since 1989. He is with his second firm now since 1999. The council agreed to look into a contract and city attorney Ted Alliegro reminded them they would need new date in the new proposal.
Future potential owner of the Swedish Village Mall Richard Eitel spoke the council regarding the proposed new sign he was seeking. Eitel told the council he had met with maintenance supervisor Eric Garner and was notified there is a water and sewer main that currently runs underneath the existing sign. Eitel told the council he would like to double the signs width to 16 feet wide. Eitel said he would be open to a different location but a tree at the Grumpy Minnow hinders view of a new sign location. Eitel said an ideal spot would be on the south side of the parking lot along the grass and ditch of highway 8. Mayor Wolcott said the city would prefer not to sell property or give property to a business owner due to a business owner who the city donated property to and later sold it to the state for road improvements.
Councilmember and mayor elect Jill Behnke asked if the sign issue would be a deal breaker for the purchase of the mall in which Eitel said "It just may be". "If you can't put good signage the building isn't worth buying" Eitel added. Behnke and the council agreed to have Eitel come back with sign designs before making any decisions.
Marlys Dunne who was there representing the Chamber of Commerce told the council the chamber has applied for a lawful gambling permit. The permit is for the Celebration of the Lakes which will be held February 12-14, 2021.
The Radar Run is back along with kiddie snowmobile races, on North Center Lake. Dunne told the council the chamber has already been approved by the state for a raffle which will be 5,000 tickets for sale. Five different organizations will help sell the tickets which will begin as soon as the city approves the permit. The council passed the permit application with no waiting period.
The council then agreed to hold a special election canvas meeting to certify the election. The date is November 12 at 10am.
In the public works report maintenance supervisor Eric Garner told the council he was flushing hydrants in the business park and noticed a backhoe at the jail.
Garner told the council the jail was installing a grinder pump outside of the building. Garner told the council the lift station has had bed sheets, and other items in it which has required multiple clean outs in the last two years. Garner and engineer Mattefy agreed the pump was a good idea but grinding up snack bags and other plastics still doesn't keep them out of the holding ponds. It was agreed to have the engineer send a letter to the jail, and County Commissioner Rick Greene and Chisago County Administrator Chase Burnham voicing their concerns.