Getting Cars Off The Streets To Plow Snow

  We struggle at the City Staff level trying to figure out the best way to get cars off the street to plow snow.  We have an ordinance that allows us to call a snow emergency and requires all the cars to be off the street, but implementing this system gets to be quite the…
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Governor And Legislators Questioning Where The Money Went

All indications are that the Governor and Legislators are questioning where the additional funding for local governments went and why property taxes are going up instead of down.  Our support organizations like the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and the League of Minnesota Cities are telling us to contact our legislators to tell them our…
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City Roads Take A Beating And More Money Is Needed For Maintenance.

Recently I asked the City Council to authorize additional funding for more road maintenance in the form of reclaiming.  The request was for approximately $150,000.  This request was made because of the bad spring we had and the resulting damage to our roads.  Reclaiming is one of several different methods of road maintenance we do…
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What Happens To The Elementary School Property?

I’ve had a number of people ask me what will happen with the old elementary school property and my answer is that the City will sell the property.  The City is not a developer in the sense that we have money to invest in different ventures and we always look to those that are developers.…
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A Tale Of Two Cities And Local Government Aid

I can say I was somewhat excited as a City Manager when control of the House and Senate went to the Democrats.  Not for political reasons, but simply because I figured Local Government Aid would get a fairer shake in the upcoming legislative session.  The Governor said that he favored more LGA and we depend…
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