February 23, 2012 at 8:06 a.m.

Infrastructure is front and center at council session

Infrastructure is front and center at council session
Infrastructure is front and center at council session

The state is expecting to open bids for the Hwy. 8 one-way pairs construction project Friday this week.  The Lindstrom City Council was advised in regular session Feb. 16, by its consulting engineer Mark Lobermeier,  that the state will take time to review the documents before awarding the project.  It could be well into March before the city gets word on the contractor.
The one-way pairs project is slated to start this summer and take two years to complete.  Council also accepted the final documents of the project granting MnDOT its signalization agreement and cooperative construction fine print.
(Lindstrom is hosting an informational booth at next weekend’s Home, Business & Garden Show at the high school providing staff who can take your Hwy. 8 project questions.)
In another infrastructure issue the city council adopted a comprehensive plan amendment ghost-platting a corridor for a second way in and out of the Kroon Lake neighborhood on LakeLawn.  
There’s several hundred residents in homes on the dead end street.  The council has been reviewing concerns about access safety issues with property owners of undeveloped land near LakeLawn and with officials for the township.
The map (see graphic) was unanimously accepted with Council member Roger Lindgren absent.
City Attorney Joel Jamnik explained the alignment(s) is not considered “right of way” at this time;  but the land also is not encumbered forever with this action.  If somebody applies for a building permit that proposes a structure within the desired road route then the city either has to acquire the land, or issue the building permit.
“The city is not out to take anybody’s property,” added Council member Curt Flug, “this is just to show what we intend to see happen for the future.”
Another road-related action came at the end of the meeting and was not on the agenda.
The state is expecting to open bids for the Hwy. 8 one-way pairs construction project Friday this week.  The Lindstrom City Council was advised in regular session Feb. 16, by its consulting engineer Mark Lobermeier,  that the state will take time to review the documents before awarding the project.  It could be well into March before the city gets word on the contractor.
 
The one-way pairs project is slated to start this summer and take two years to complete.  Council also accepted the final documents of the project granting MnDOT its signalization agreement and cooperative construction fine print.
 
(Lindstrom is hosting an informational booth at next weekend’s Home, Business & Garden Show at the high school providing staff who can take your Hwy. 8 project questions.)
In another infrastructure issue the city council adopted a comprehensive plan amendment ghost-platting a corridor for a second way in and out of the Kroon Lake neighborhood on LakeLawn.  
 
There’s several hundred residents in homes on the dead end street.  The council has been reviewing concerns about access safety issues with property owners of undeveloped land near LakeLawn and with officials for the township.
 
The map (see graphic) was unanimously accepted with Council member Roger Lindgren absent.
 
City Attorney Joel Jamnik explained the alignment(s) is not considered “right of way” at this time;  but the land also is not encumbered forever with this action.  If somebody applies for a building permit that proposes a structure within the desired road route then the city either has to acquire the land, or issue the building permit.
 
“The city is not out to take anybody’s property,” added Council member Curt Flug, “this is just to show what we intend to see happen for the future.”
Another road-related action came at the end of the meeting and was not on the agenda.
 
Council member Joe Wishy made a motion to “save the streets” to get another five years of life out of them, and put all the North Meadows roads at “the top of the list” for rout and seal maintenance work this summer.  Wishy also included the incomplete stretch of Nathan Lane in this motion,  which was supposed to have been sealed last year but the contractor ran out of time and material.
 
Staff will report back with cost estimates after checking with contractors about the areas prioritized in the motion, which was adopted 4-0.
Sprint communications people have asked for permission to add three antennae to the existing array on the water tower.  
 
Lindstrom currently limits the tower antennae to 12, which Sprint has.  The additional units are part of transitioning into new equipment in this service area and ultimately there will be fewer than 12.   These “panel” units are one foot by six feet and will stand vertically atop the tower.  The excess is a “temporary” situation, according to Jamnik.
 
City Attorney Jamnik said the company also asked about using the Newlander  Ave. water tower for locating microwave dishes-- but at this time the item on the agenda is just three extra antennae.
 
Council had no problem with the request and directed Jamnik to negotiate a fee that at a minimum covers legal costs of this contract review.  
 
Sprint has already renewed its tower placement agreement for five years.  Jamnik will bring an amended agreement to council in the next one or two months. 
Just a reminder-- the Lindstrom fire department has three openings for firefighters on its roster.  Interested people should contact city hall for an application.

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