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April 18, 2021

3/26/2021 11:53:00 AM
Lindstrom finalizing plans for 2022 projects; bid awarded for park

Lindstrom City Council moved along a street improvement project in the area of Newlander and Elm, scheduled for 2022,  by unanimously accepting the feasibility study step and directing engineering to proceed.  Bids could be solicited by next fall, according to City Engineer Jon Herdegen.  

The project is meant to better-manage right of way in an oddly-aligned intersection, improve stormwater amenities, pave the gravel section that leads to the lake, and do urban curb and gutter in certain sections.

Herdegen said assessment hearings have yet to be scheduled for the five property owners impacted by the paving project.

In order to estimate assessed amounts costs need to be detailed, the city would hold at least one improvements hearing and council would vote to order the project.

Mayor Kevin Stenson  requested that some attention be paid to his concern that paving creates a more attractive way to get to the lake.  The street now runs into the shoreline.  He questioned if there’d be liability concerns with placing boulders or a barrier of some type on the right-of-way.

Herdegen said suggestions usually crop up at hearings and he’d be open to what the city proposes or what neighbors want.  

Council also awarded the bid for a boardwalk and a walking trail bridge in Allemansratt Park.  The city won a $200,000 grant and matches this.  The bid is over what is budgeted, however.  City Administrator John Olinger said there’s funds in the parks account and the overage can be covered.  The bid unanimously went to Janke, lowest one of several bids received, for $427,923.

On the issue of parks, council chose to appoint two applicants when one vacancy was advertised, as both were idea.  Olinger noted that the budget for parks commissioners is usually underspent, so adding two would not burden the budget.  The appointees are Mike Hilber and Lisa Isle.

Council also voted to accept a resignation from a public works employee.  The matter was on the agenda as a termination, for “closed session” discussion about “preliminary allegations’ regarding city personnel;  but the council audio and video continued uninterrupted on the city website live stream.

The findings supporting the action were that the employee had submitted a verbal resignation to his supervisor and that he was still in the training period when fulltime status has not been obtained yet.


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