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Dassel City Council looks into promoting city asset
Aug. 22, 2011

By Kristen Miller
News Editor

DASSEL, MN – The Dassel Community Room is turning out to be a great location for large events, including weddings, yet the promotion of it seems to be lacking.

After speaking with Rob Walters, owner of Thirsty’s Tavern and event caterer, Mayor Mike Scanlon told the council last Monday that there are a lot of people who still don’t know it’s there for use.

Scanlon said he heard there were many compliments from attendees of a recent wedding reception that took place at the community room, which is located inside the Dassel History Center building.

It was suggested that the city take advantage of the public access channel to promote the room.

“That would be the ideal place to start with,” Scanlon said.

Council Member Wayne Medcraft suggested he talk with the Chamber of Commerce and create a flyer for the space.

Council Member Jason Benzing suggested photos be obtained from past events for the promotion of the room rental, rather than pictures showing it empty.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• set a 2012 budget work session for Aug. 18. At that time, the council would discuss the budget, as well as the Summit Hills planning proposals it received from two planning companies. It was noted that any planning regarding the redevelopment of Summit Hills needs to be considered in the budget for next year. More details to come from the work session.

• was given an update on the Best of 12 committee. It was noted that the Wagon Train event in June was very well received and the committee will plan another event next year.

The event will take place Wednesday, June 6 through Saturday, June 9 and possibly reverse its route, to start in Delano and end in Dassel.

• suggested Carolyn Holje, museum director, and Dave Scepaniak, public works, create a list of feasible areas in town to place the decorated pianos and present to the council for approval.

Holje requested the council allow the historical society to place painted pianos (possibly six to eight) around town as a form of public art.

There had been some concerns expressed regarding the safety of the pianos on public property, including the possibility of one tipping over on a child or being dragged down a street.

It was suggested at last Monday’s meeting that the pianos be bolted on pallets to avoid tipping, and possibly chained to structures like the Bandshell pavilion.

• heard from Medcraft, who reported that the farmers market had eight vendors – the highest turnout yet – Aug. 12, and invited the community to come and see what’s available.

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