By Roz Kohls
DASSEL, MN Dassel City Council decided last Monday to put in six new streetlights. The locations will probably be on Parker Avenue or Highway 12, but the final decision on locations will be made by the city’s streetlight committee.
Council Member Wayne Medcraft suggested putting streetlights where people are most likely to shop, such as next to Gary’s Family Foods. He also suggested Second, Third and Fourth Streets and by Dassel Liquors.
Four of the old streetlights from Atlantic Avenue, where the new ones were installed, will be moved to other locations. The old arms and heads on the light poles are too worn to be reused, though, said Myles McGrath, city administrator.
The old streetlights won’t cost anything extra to reuse, however.
Streetlights will cost $18.75 a month per light from Xcel Energy, McGrath said.
The new streetlights on the south side of Atlantic Avenue were lit the first time last Monday night.
Also, the council bought two parking lot lights for Dassel Liquors for $2,900. They will be mounted atop the Dassel Liquors sign, said Liquor Store Manager Marvin Vetsch.
Vetsch also said the Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders will come to Dassel Liquors Oct. 17 for a promotional tour. In addition, the liquor store will hold a food drive for the food shelf this fall, he added.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• planned to initiate an identity theft prevention program at the next city council meeting Monday, Oct. 20.
• scheduled a planning session to iron out details for the League of Minnesota Cities meeting Thursday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. in Evangelical Covenant Church of Dassel.
• heard a report from Mayor Ava Flachmeyer that the council intends to pare down the proposed 9 percent levy increase for 2009, before it is finalized in December.