By Lynda Jensen
DASSEL, MN The Dassel City Council took care of a fair number of items during its meeting last Monday.
The council is ready for a public hearing on a new special assessments policy, which will be set in place once the council receives feedback on the issue during a hearing 7 p.m. Monday, June 21.
The council also heard about several things from Museum Director Carolyn Holje.
Holje reported that there will be a grand unveiling Monday, Aug. 30, of the wall mural being done by five local artists on the fence at the history center. This is 56 feet of fence, she noted.
There will be a grand opening celebration for the museum Sunday, July 18. She asked if the city would partner in this venture.
She also recounted that about 15 business owners, residents and former residents attended a recent “visioning” meeting to promote Dassel.
The meeting was attended by David Florin, who is retired from an advertising and marketing firm in the Twin Cities and owns a home in the area. He is willing to help figure out a plan of marketing the area to a wider audience.
The next meeting was supposed to be June 22, but this has been changed to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 13 at the museum.
The museum will also host an annual flower show from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 22 this year in the Community Room.
In addition, the museum will be applying for the next Smithsonian exhibit called “New Harmonies.” Holje asked for a letter of support.
Regarding the past exhibit, “Between Fences,” a scrapbook was also presented to the council.
She also reported that the Dassel all-school reunion will be Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6.
In addition, the museum is working on new signage.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• heard from auditor Dennis Oberloh, who gave the city a clean bill of health during its 2009 audit report.
Both the water and sewer funds are positive now, having had losses in the previous years.
Oberloh noted that the liquor store is doing better, despite the economy.
• observed the presentation of $2,500 from CenterPoint Energy to the fire department for a water monitor system.
• approved up to $500, or 50 percent, of advertising expenditures for the fire department’s street dance Saturday, June 19.
• approved some administrative changes to the fire department bylaws. These changes were reviewed and recommended by the fire department, and include such things as not requiring testing and another physical every year if the firefighter already had results on file. Hiring is to be done in January and July of each year.
• reformulated the EDA, adopting a new mission statement to “encourage, attract and promote,” businesses, and bring the bylaws up-to-date.
• gave Liquor Store Manager Marv Vetsch informal consent to buy a used floor polisher.
• noted that the sheriff’s office is locking bathroom doors at night in the parks, and that this appears to be significantly reducing vandalism. The vandalism situation may change since school it out now.
• noted that there are complaints again that vehicles are not stopping for pedestrians trying to cross Highway 12.
Deputy Gordy Prochaska said that tickets may be issued for this, if it’s observed.
• heard from Mayor Mike Scanlon, who said the Dassel food shelf will be sending out an update about pounds of food being distributed, and who is being served. “So far, so good,” Scanlon said.
• heard from Council Member Pat Haapala, who reported that Red Rooster Days will include a clown troupe, an extra special parade, clip clop trolley, and many other things this year.
• observed that Council Member Jason Benzing, Scanlon and Administrator Myles McGrath will attend the League of Minnesota Cities convention in St. Cloud together the third weekend in June.