By Roz Kohls
Wayne Medcraft, 62, was selected last Monday by the Dassel City Council to fill the council position vacated by Al Dunn.
Medcraft, who is employed by AutoZone Auto Parts in St. Cloud, was appointed to fill out Dunn’s position, which is up for election in November. Dunn moved out of town, so he formally resigned March 17. Medcraft’s first city council meeting will be Monday, May 5.
The council had five applicants from which to choose, Sam House, Deb Suchy, former Dassel chief of police Duane Benoit, Medcraft, and Mike Scanlon.
Mayor Ava Flachmeyer said because there were several qualified applicants, council members used a point system to determine whom to appoint. Council members individually awarded points according to whether the applicant was their first, second or third choice, she said. Whoever had the most points was the appointee, she said.
Medcraft, a Dassel resident for four years, said Tuesday he has a vision for Dassel, “to make Dassel a more pleasant place to live, to attract more industry and commercial services, to provide more employment and keep taxes down. To provide more recreational opportunities for all Dassel citizens. To make Dassel a destination city for fun, recreation and commercial services.”
Medcraft has been married to Priscilla for 38 years. She is a paraprofessional at Hutchinson High School for high school and older students.
They have two children, John, a special education teacher, and Jennifer, a social worker. Both are studying for their masters degrees, he said.
Medcraft grew up in Roseville, and graduated from Winona State College in 1969, with a bachelor of science degree in education. He taught school before he went into the Air Force.
Medcraft spent four years in the Air Force during the Vietnam War as a medic. He was stationed at the USAF hospital in West Germany, and has traveled extensively in the United States and Europe, he said.
After the war ended, Medcraft went into sales and marketing. He has worked in the automotive aftermarket, and successfully progressed through increasingly more responsible positions in management for the past 30 years, he said.
Odds and ends
In other business, the city council:
• heard a report from Council Member Bob Wilde that some residents have been using burning barrels or illegal fires in town this spring. Only recreational fires can be built within the city limits. Burning barrels of trash are not allowed, Wilde said.
The recreational fires must be in a three-foot diameter pit within a fire ring. The fire ring must not be anywhere near a building. No painted or treated wood can be burned, because toxic fumes, such as arsenic, are released into the air from treated lumber, Wilde said.
• listened to a report from City Administrator Myles McGrath that contractors will be meeting with the city’s building inspector in the next couple of weeks to discuss tearing down the old creamery building on the south side of Dassel. Council Member Bob Lalone has been hearing complaints that the creamery is full of pigeons, and the roof has holes in it. Contractors will be needed for the demolition, because the creamery contains asbestos and lead paint, McGrath said.
• warned the public that the access from Trunk Highway 15 to Martin Estates is not a public street. The access is owned by Lake View Ranch. John Dahl has a temporary easement to use the access for his construction business. Wilde said it is possible that drivers might be ticketed by the Minnesota State Patrol if they use it as a street.
• noted that another time. other than Saturdays May 10 and May 17, Dassel’s clean up days, will be selected by Waste Management of Winsted for disposing of fluorescent lights. The lights are considered hazardous waste, and must be collected in special containers similar to egg cartons so they don’t break while being transported, McGrath said.
• scheduled Tuesday, May 20 at 11 a.m. for opening bids for the water tower project.