By Nancy Dashwood
DASSEL, MN Dassel citizen Carolyn Holje had some positive news for the Dassel City Council at its meeting Monday evening.
Holje told council members that representatives on both sides of the Breeds Park re-naming debate had met in an independent two-hour session, and had devised a satisfactory compromise.
Holje said citizens who favored keeping the historical Breeds Park name, and members of the American Legion, who had proposed changing the name to Veterans Memorial Park, had reached an agreement.
Holje reported that a sign bearing the “Breeds Park” name on the top line, and “Veterans Memorial” on the bottom line was the acceptable choice.
She also indicated the group would like to see the sign face Highway 12, at the approximate location of a dilapidated swing.
Councilor Tom Weseloh appeared to be impressed that a compromise had been reached.
“Thank you for going and doing this on your own,” he said.
Sunrise signage space requested
Sunrise Diner owner John Deitering was present to ask the city council about accessing land in city right-of-way areas for business signage.
He said Dassel citizens have been “pretty decent” in supporting his business, but he would need to attract highway traffic to stay in business.
Specifically, Deitering asked for access to city land on the east and west ends of town for banners and signage. “You can help my business without any expense,” he said. “The sooner the better.”
Deitering also asked that the city council consider the addition of signage pointing to downtown Dassel.
The council agreed to send Deitering’s request to Dassel’s Planning and Zoning Commission for a recommendation.
Automated external defibrillators to keep residents heart-safe
Councilor Justin Bemenderfer reported the Heart-Safe Committee, which has been meeting since October, was ready to present a request for two automated external defibrillator (AED) units.
Bemenderfer said the committee decided the best locations for the AEDs would be in locations with an abundance of foot traffic. The committee recommended placing AED units at city hall and at the Dassel History Center.
Bemenderfer said the committee was requesting the units be purchased from Allina Health, which offered a discount. He also noted City Clerk/Treasurer Terri Boese had just apprised him of potential grant funding for the AEDs.
Council members agreed that they would purchase the units from the city’s unallocated funds, even if grant funding was not received. The total cost of the two AEDs without the grant is $2,168.
City Engineer Chuck DeWolf presented a review of the proposed Summit Hills improvement project.
The project scope includes road reconstruction on Summit Cove, Hilltop Drive, and 5th Street adjacent to the Summit Hills addition.
The council passed a resolution accepting the feasibility report and calling a public hearing on the improvement project.
The public hearing regarding the estimated $742,800 project will take place Monday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at city hall.
The council also passed a resolution ordering preparation of a report on the 2018 improvement project, which targets the street of Pacific Avenue from 7th Street to Sellards Drive.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• listened as City Attorney Kurt Greenley reported the City of Dassel would now be represented by the League of Minnesota Cities in the lawsuit brought against it by Miller Manufacturing of Dassel. This action leaves the city liable for only 15 percent of the case’s legal fees, up to $250,000.
• amended the 2018 fire department budget by dropping an $8,000 training reimbursement line, at the request of the Fire Advisory Board. The council also approved the fire department’s 2019 budget. Weseloh, a member of the Dassel Fire Department, abstained from the actions.
• reviewed plans for a city-wide cleanup day slated for Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Boese indicated that, as in previous years, appliances and electronics may be brought to the Dassel Liquor Store parking lot for recycling. A fee will be charged for this service. A paper shredder truck will also be available to residents.
Mayor Ron Hungerford reminded citizens not to put any hazardous materials, such as paint, tires, solvents, batteries, or motor oil out to the curb for pickup.