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August 19, 2022

6/24/2022 2:15:00 PM
Lindstrom Council gets update on project costs; city code enforcement moves forward

There was no June city planning commission meeting so the Lindstrom City Council had no land use or permits on the agenda last week.  It was a short-handed meeting minus Council member Bill Schlumbohm.

It seemed to be the evening for change orders and cost overruns on projects.  

The new fire hall is up to $91,000 in change order sums including the action last week that adjusted the project budget by $46,500.  

The engineering team also reluctantly presented some miscalculations on quantities for the Olinda Trail path which. in addition to soils surprises, added up to $75,000 in  changes.

The work being done on the neighborhood streets at the south end of Lindstrom Lake was revised to address future sewering needs identified by Public Works Dept. head Matt Fraley, at a cost of about $48,000.  Pipes were upsized to make for a better connection in the future sewering network when the south end of South Lindstrom hooks up.
On a more positive news side— Chief of Police Schlumbohm reported the staffer who is taking the newly developed position of code enforcement officer is coming from inside the department.  The chief said conversations are on-going with prosecutors and the courts on how to best implement the enforcement activity; such as creating forms and doing electronic records input on past code offenses.  

“There’s quite a few steps before anyone will get a ticket,” the chief added.  The whole effort is meant to streamline hours put into nuisance and code enforcement and get better outcomes.

Left money on the table
The Lindstrom Council expressed disappointment in reviewing how the state legislature failed to resolve many issues before leaving St Paul for the summer.  The special session might have sent some funding for a new public safety building, among other requests locally. Mayor Kevin Stenson noted that the law enforcement center needs will not be going down in cost during delays in action, so when lawmakers finally act on funding requests less will be accomplished for the same amount of money.

A couple representatives, LouAnn Mattson and Jennifer Klimek,  for the Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation talked about the “Big Idea” competition the foundation is supporting this year. Ideas to improve the community and ideally that coordinate with a non-profit or city/township project to leverage additional funds, are being solicited.  Mattson explained that if you have a big idea but need a 501C3 partner or want to work with a local organization to flesh it out, the Foundation officials will be happy to help make that happen.

The foundation previously was giving out smaller sums for multiple individual projects on a lesser scale.

Deadline is Sept. 2 to apply.  Check the website for details.

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