5/22/2014 3:03:00 PM Lindstrom Council OK's community garden; channel getting another look
by DENISE MARTIN
Lindstrom’s city engineer presented eight bids to the full city council last week for the Pleasant Hill Park stormwater retention and discharge project. The low bid, from R.E. Peterson of $84,693, was awarded. There was a huge spread from top to bottom bid, with the most expensive project estimate at $237,000. The city is partnering with the Lake Improvement District and county Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) to do this work. The Chisago County Board will need to approve the LID’s contribution of $30,000, which isn’t anticipated to be controversial, council was advised. The project will annually filter out at least 23 pounds of phosphorus contained in stormwater run-off that’s been entering South Lindstrom Lake, according to SWCD calculations.
The run-off being retained and filtered comes off a 60-acre area surrounding the city park, which is situated south of Highway 8 and west of Olinda Trail. The project will be completed this summer. Lindstrom council members also gave their okay to a group developing community garden plots on a vacant city block, south of city hall, on Newlander Avenue. The city hall staff will process the $15 fee required to reserve a plot. Forms and the agreement acknowledging rules for participating are available at city hall. Tom Etchason is coordinating the community garden and he explained that the city of Cambridge started a community garden site with 18 people and it has grown to 84 gardeners. Etchason said he knows “seven or eight” people interested in the Lindstrom concept and hopes many more come forward with this okay.
A “Board of Gardeners” for the Lindstrom site will enforce rules and decide how to expend revenues for betterment of the garden space. Basic operations call for garden plots 10 feet by 12 feet to be reserved by June 15. Tools and plants are all the gardener’s responsibility. There will be water available and no pesticides or herbicides are allowed. The final bill for demolition of the Holmquist building on First St. had not been received; but City Engineer Jon Herdegen reported that the demolition went well. The city will see paving quotes at the June council meeting to finish off the lot. ~ Council authorized a street striping quote of $6,000, for white and yellow line repainting. Channel update The North Lindstrom-South Lindstrom Lake channel could be getting some attention after all. At the last council session in April, when council met with a DNR official, discussion did not provide much promise of action. Lindstrom has informed the state that the redesign of Hwy 8 and the new channel must be reviewed to address erosion related to the ponding and outflow system, that is compromising the channel sides and dumping silt into the channel.
Last week City Administrator John Olinger showed the city council a set of plans created after an on site visit with MnDOT and DNR officials-- held since the last council meeting. Parties will meet again in a few weeks and finalize costs and determine which entity has which financial responsibility. Tentative project plans now call for a redesign of the outflow structure for the ponding area above the channel, and a redesigned “keyway” for exiting stormwater to flow into the channel. Sediment accumulation in the channel will also be cleaned up. There is no imminent rush to get the channel navigable, as lake levels are only pushing about a foot or two of water through the channel, but council was eager to direct staff to continue to work with the state and get this addressed as soon as possible.