8/28/2014 4:36:00 PM Lindstrom project to tackle
standing water on Andrews Ave.
by DENISE MARTIN
One of the larger ponding spots on Lindstrom city streets will be addressed with last week’s city council okay for a project at Montclair and Andrews Avenue, behind Casterton Title, CNC Auto and the old Corey gas station. Council heard that, with the Highway 8 rebuild, two access drives directly off the highway into this area were closed, so Andrews has become the main access point. The estimated bid for the project came in at $37,750 of which the city will pay $23,640 and parking lot paving costs will be paid privately. A drain tile route is being provided to the city along the east side of the Casterton parcel, to outflow into the highway stormwater system to the south and east. Also: the county water resources manager Jerry Spetzman is re-writing a high water- no wake ordinance to improve the process of declaring no wake and clarifying operation of watercraft on county lakes in general. The city was asked if it’s alright to include Bull Lake (in Allemansratt Park) as a non-motorized lake basin. Council agreed 5-0. A rain garden will be incorporated into the DNR access to South Center Lake, off 295th, by the high school. Council unanimously adopted a cooperative agreement allowing for the vegetated swale type garden to be installed to slow run-off and filter impurities off the parking lot. The city’s part of the agreement is maintenance.
Council also approved St. Bridget’s application to hold the annual Block Party, September 6 and 7. In paying the bills Council member Joe Wishy abstained stating again that he feels the process of acquiring quotes for goods and services is lacking. Council member Curt Flug responded that hiring local companies affords benefits that “go beyond” simply getting a few dollars reduced off the bill. He said these are local companies that Wishy is always questioning, and that those dollars circulate locally, “...keeping the money in the community.” City Attorney Soren Mattick commented when asked, that the city’s policy of gathering quotes and awarding smaller projects is actually “more restrictive” than state law calls for.
In public comment: MN House candidate Laurie Warner introduced herself and Chisago Lakes Superintendent Joe Thimm spoke about facility security enhancements and the district’s strategic plan.