February 17, 2023 at 3:12 p.m.

Wyoming OK's design for Railroad Park amenities


The planning process for creating a formal public space including a history walk and veterans’ memorial, at Wyoming’s Railroad Park, is seeing some forward movement. Council approved a motion February 7 to contract with WSB for a final design.  

In a related matter, Council unanimously  accepted a donation of $9,750 to be used for the park, from Polaris Industries.

WSB will proceed in a phased approach for final design and subsequent construction.  City engineer Mark Erichson said there could be a late spring start on Phase One depending on weather,  materials, etc.  

The city has received multiple corporate and individual donations to cover about half the amount needed for the park project, or $130,000 in hand.  City Administrator Robb Linwood advised there are two promised pledges for $100,000 in total, on-deck awaiting the final design and a schedule for the project.

The professional services contract with WSB is for $14,000 maximum and it comes out of the project donations.

Council also heard that an “age friendly” community garden is proposed for property at Meadows, an assisted living complex near the Fairview Medical Center.  

As a  Chisago County Age Well Coalition project, the city is cooperating with organizers on this grant-funded garden.  Fairview, which already has a public garden in use, is supportive of this second location, council was told.  

Watch for more details as spring approaches.

Wyoming Police got the OK to bring a Dodge Durango into the fleet line-up to replace a vehicle that will be put into fire department service.  The new vehicle is  costing $50,000 delivered equipped for law enforcement— and including a $10,000 trade-in allowance for another city vehicle.

Public Safety Director and Police Chief Neil Bauer said the fire department is much better suited to use the Ford F-150 it will absorb.  The trade-in is a 2014 Explorer, which is the fire chief’s current transportation and not as useful as the Ford will be.

The spring medallion hunt is slated for when kids are on break from school, March 6 through 10.  Wyoming hides a token and posts clues on line with small prizes for the finder, as a fun way to explore the city, according to Deputy Administrative Alex Saxe.

Facebook notices or city website will provide details closer to March.


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