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LP council discusses 2020 infrastructure improvements
June 14, 2019

Ivan Raconteur

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The Lester Prairie City Council discussed a proposed 2020 infrastructure improvement project during its meeting June 11.

The $1.3 million project involves work along Lincoln, Ave. between Elm St. and Babcock Ave., Central Ave. from the cul-de-sac to Babcock Ave., and Cedar St. from Lincoln Ave. to Central Ave.

The council discussed adding pedestrian facilities to connect to the Dakota Rail Regional Trail.

City Engineer Josh Eckstein will present an updated feasibility study in July.

Council members expressed interest in having all options on the table. Items can be deleted before the final plan is approved, but items cannot be added later.

An open house to present information to residents is being planned for July, and a hearing date will be scheduled in August.

Chickens not welcome

The council discussed a request to implement a pilot program to allow residents to keep chickens in the city.

The council expressed no interest in working on this. Mayor Eric Angvall noted the council considered the matter about six months ago, and nothing has changed.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• heard from City Clerk-Treasurer-Coordinator Marilyn Pawelk that the state demographer’s 2018 population estimate for the city is 1,705, and the household estimate is 755.

• discussed the placement of items on city property, and, by consensus, agreed to take no action. The discussion was the result of a potential donation of veterans artwork to be placed in Central Square Park. Council members noted they would rather focus on established priorities than address this issue.

• discussed a request to implement a “watcher’s fee” so seniors who want to watch their grandchildren in the city pool would not have to pay the $4 admission charge. Staff will research the matter.

• Moved the August city council meeting to Monday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m., due to a conflict with the school referendum Tuesday, Aug. 13.

• approved a request from Fire Chief Jim Hoof to replace lights at the fire hall with LEDs at a cost not to exceed $3,000. Staff will find out if rebates are available.

• approved acceptance of a $2,750 bid from Ag Specialists in Plato for the old fire truck the city is selling.

• approved a request to allow Krausers Dodge House to close Juniper St. to host a Freedom Fest again this year.

• approved assigning the city’s interest in a lease for the Dakota Rail Regional Trail to McLeod County.

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