By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Lester Prairie city engineer Jake Saulsbury presented options to address a drainage issue in the Prairie Ridge development.
Unlike most of Lester Prairie, this area has clay soils that do not drain freely, and it is adjacent to the Crow River at a lower elevation.
The issue was brought up at a previous meeting when residents approached the council and asked for assistance.
Saulsbury proposed installing a 6-inch drain tile at an estimated cost of $12,500.
Residents adjacent to the tile would have the option to connect to the tile at their own expense.
One option discussed by the council was to include the project in the city’s 2017 budget.
However, after discussion, the council tabled the issue until its Tuesday, July 12 meeting. At that time, the council will have six month actual budget figures for 2016, and will determine if the city has funds available to do the project sooner.
The council approved moving forward with the project. The timing will be determined based on how the project is financed.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• approved contributing $200 from the economic development fund toward the cost of participating in the Minneapolis Aquatennial in July for Lester Prairie 2014-15 ambassador Grace Nelson, who will represent the city.
• approved the purchase of six signs at a cost of $38 each to notify the public that a road approach near the Dakota Rail Regional Trail is not public property. The vote was 4-1, with Mayor Eric Angvall and council members Tim Dahl, Larry Hoof, and Bob Messer in favor, and Council Member Ron Foust opposed. Foust said the council is “throwing good money after bad,” and the signs will not change people’s behavior.
• heard that the Lester Prairie Archery Club does not plan to move forward with a proposed archery range in Sunrise Nature Park until next spring.
• discussed new temporary housing legislation passed by the legislature. The city has until Thursday, Sept. 1 to accept the process set by the legislature, or adopt its own procedure. The legislation covers temporary dwellings for family members based on medical necessity. The state process involves a six-month permit, that is renewable for an additional six months.
• amended the city’s blight ordinance. Now, the city may post notifications at the premises, or deliver notification in person or via registered mail.