Lindstrom firefighters were represented at last week’s city council meeting by firefighter Ryan Peterson, who keeps track of benefits. The account is doing well and he asked council to consider (for the 2022 budget) an increase of $200 per year to $3,300 for the retirement payout. Firefighters are eligible to get compensated upon retiring, per years of service, after they are vested at year five.
Peterson explained that incoming firefighters are shopping benefits now-a-days, comparing joining one department over another in this area, and the retirement payout is important.
“Retaining people” also is key, he said, and retirement is one area that has to be paid attention to.
Peterson said the audit was not yet completed but his numbers show the account will still be over 100 percent funded even with the additional boost.
The department also asked for an increase in the city contribution from $6,000 annually to $10,000.
Mayor Kevin Stenson said this certainly will be reviewed during budgeting meetings and thanked Peterson for bringing this up pro-actively before the levy is set. No opposition was expressed by any of the council members last week.
City Engineer Jon Herdegen had a lot of projects in his update—as Lindstrom is tackling a number of needs this year.
The road near the high school is going to be restored by the time school starts, he promised.
There is a housing development going in on the edge of the golf course, and 292nd was disturbed for water and sewer. The bestmethods for building this stretch are being scrutinzed.
The Lions Park pond outlet improvements are going well as part of the whole Sylvan-Broadway and Newell infrastructure work. Herdegen said Dresel Contracting is really moving this along. The city removed old cast iron water main and put in 14. inch PVC and is doing sanitary sewer and storm sewer improvments as well. Gravel should be laid to start to close up the road this week, and paving could happen in September.
East of this work zone— the site prep for the new fire hall on the huge vacant lot near city hall, will start in September with rough grading. Actual construction waits until next spring.
~ Two annexation requests were approved.
Council heard that the Municipal Boundary Adjustment Office made their comments and the city is the next stop on the process of moving parcels out of the township and into the city.
The lots are the Ledord parcel at Lakelawn Drive and 282nd and the Benson property at Glader Blvd. on South Center Lake.
In public comment: Maple Street homeowners were upset about long delayed repairs and maintenance. Brian Marquardt told council the sidewalk has an area where cement was removed but nothing happens to finish the work. Curbing is deteriorated to the point chunks break off. Residents have been hearing just wait a little while longer, from city hall, for years, he stated.
City Administrator John Olinger said Maple Street has been evaluated and “graded” along with all Lindstrom streets and it falls on the 2023 work schedule. He suggested there may be a neighborhood meeting yet this fall.
Bacteria situation There was no mention of the total coliform bacteria notice sent to Lindstrom residents August 12.
Total coliform was found in water samples (not e coli) and the city is working to find a possible cause for introducing the bacteria. Department of Health is working with the city to test again potentially today, August 26, according to the notification.