By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN Two long-time members of the Delano Fire Department were honored for their retirement and years of service, at the Delano City Council meeting.
Mark Alger and Phil Carlberg were honored, with Alger having 22 years on the department, and Carlberg having 20. Alger served as safety officer for several years, helped out with many department fundraising events, and organized the Fire Prevention Week activities within the schools for several years, Fire Chief Bob Van Lith noted.
Carlberg was the fire department’s relief association treasurer the last few years, according to Van Lith. Carlberg also assisted with Fire Prevention Week activities and also helped at fundraising events.
Both men will be recognized and receive a plaque from the department at its annual party in January 2013.
Safety concerns, tree issues expressed at ‘Pillar of Community’ sculpture
Council Member Dan Vick discussed safety concerns with the Pillar of Community sculpture that is along the west side of the Crow River.
The council discussed the fact it wasn’t sure if the project was complete, and Vick said there are a lot of sharp objects and said he is “worried somebody might get impaled” from the project. The general condition of the site was also discussed.
It was also noted graffiti has been found on the granite pillars, and some pieces have gone missing.
The council directed city staff to contact the Delano Council for Art and Culture and request the site be cleaned up and to let the city know the timeline for completion of the project. The council would also like to know signage plans and discussed fencing as an option to keep people from climbing on the sculpture.
“The intent is for it to be art, not a play structure,” Council Member Holly Schrupp said.
At the park board’s April 25 meeting, board members were upset, and discussed the partial removal of four cedar trees from the site, according to the minutes from the meeting.
The members felt this had not been mentioned in the original art proposal, nor had it been discussed or approved by the board or city council.
The minutes note the park board feels the placement of four small maples “by no means holds equal value to the destroyed cedar trees.”
Public Works Director Ernie Eden also said, during the demolition and excavation of the site prior to the art project, the protection of the cedar trees was a huge priority.
The park board requested whoever started the removal of the cedar trees to return to remove the exposed stumps and the brush that was left. It was also noted cleanup of this area should not be at city expense, since the city was not made aware of this nor had it given permission for the cedar trees to be destroyed.
The board took action to recommend city staff amend the current art policy and procedure to include that potential damage made during or after proposed project’s approval will be at the cost of the artist and/or the group submitting the project. The park board’s action also included retribution to be at equal value of the removed cedar trees.
Council tables action on parallel parking stripes for River Street
The council tabled action on a plan that would allow public works staff to stripe River Street for parallel parking in Delano’s downtown area.
Public Works Director Ernie Eden said the plan would be to stripe for parallel parking on both sides of River Street (Wright County Road 17) from Elm Avenue to the intersection of Railroad Avenue.
Eden said the city has received permission from Wright County and would be able to start the project upon council approval.
Kern said it could be a “simple, low-cost way to hopefully add more parking stalls.”
Discussion took place whether businesses in that area had been polled or notified of the change, and this had not taken place.
“I think it would be good to talk to downtown businesses and see,” Schrupp said.
The council tabled the issue until more information can be obtained.