Petition supporting skate boarding at Mill Park Site presented to council

By Liz Verley

A petition with over 108 signatures was presented to the Little Falls City Council on April 25. Those who signed the petition were supporting the proposed skate park to be located in Mill Park.

Those signing agreed to the condition that the users of the park would keep it clean.

The council received the petition and place it on file.

In other business, the council:

• Accepted the recommendation of the interview committee to transfer John Witucki to the park maintenance worker 1 position in the Parks, Grounds and Maintenance Department at $13..49 per hour with a 90 day probationary period;

• Authorized the posting of a dispatcher/records technicians within the LELS Police union. Should no one apply it will be posted to non-union employees;

• Accepted the recommendation of the Park, Recreation and Tree Board and awarded the low quote of $6,606 from Jensen Builders, Inc., Little Falls, for the roof replacement project at the rest room facility at Pine Grove Park. The cost will charged to the Equipment Fund;

• Granted JOBZ credits to the owners of PROFECT Automation Cooperative, a startup business that manufactures specialty robotics machines for other majority companies. The business is owned by William Novak, Corey Jelinski and Michael Helmbrecht;

• Approved a fireworks display permit as requested by the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau, under the condition the event is coordinated with the Fire and Police Departments, is insured and the city is held harmless;

• Approved a change order in the amount of $41,812 from Tri City Paving, Inc, Little Falls, for the additional work completed on the 2004 petitioned projects. There were numerous water and sewer service lines added along with some 12-inch sanitary sewer riser pipe, and a 24-inch dutile iron sewer pipe;

• Approved the confirmation of engineering services with Liesch Associates, Inc., at a cost not to exceed $7,000 to prepare the plans and specification for the blower improvements at the pretreatment facility. This will be charged to the Pretreatment Improvement Fund;

• Approved the confirmation of engineering services with Widseth Smith Nolting and Associates Inc., Baxter, in the amount not to exceed $98,500 for the field observation, construction staking, construction administration, final project closeout, and miscellaneous project requirements for the Lindbergh Drive South Project;

• By resolution, issued itinerant merchants licenses under the large scale street and sidewalk sponsorship license for the arts and crafts fair. The resolution also included restricted on-street parking area, and 60 food/beverage vendor licenses;

• Passed a resolution for a conditional use permit requested by the Central Minnesota Ethanol Cooperative for it wood gasification project;

• Appointed James Waller as the representative from the Planning Commission to the Downtown Special Service District Board;

• Set May 9 at 7:30 p.m. for a public hearing on the proposed project of grading, construction of bituminous surfacing, along with sanitary sewer mains, sanitary sewer service lines, water service lines, and related work on Circle Drive between Pine and Park Avenues and on 16th Street Northeast between 13th Avenue and 14th Avenue Northeast;

• Authorized the installation of streetlights on Hilton Road at each (two) entrance to the South Oak Addition on Golf View Lane Southeast and within the South Oaks Addition (total of ten) along Golf View Lane, Couples Court, Palmer Drive and Daly Court;

• Adopted a resolution calling for a public hearing on tax increment financing for Valley Hardwoods Inc. The business is owned by Ken Witucki and his company needs a 20,000 square foot facility. He would like to locate in Chief Hole-in-the-Day Addition. The project is estimated to cost $650,000. The hearing has been set for Monday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m; and

• Was presented with a letter from Little Falls Superintendent Sharon Thomas to Police Chief Mike Pender extending the district’s thanks for the departments “prompt and expert assistance when the school had a bomb threat on April 8.

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