There’s no Council meeting this week, so let’s all take a deep breath and figure out what happened in August and what’s still pending. For a month which is the “go on vacation” month, the Council was very busy
- postponed further action on the public safety facilities pending MNDOT’s decision about relocating their truck station from the preferred Woodley site, and
- elected to give responsibility for reorganizing city departments to the interim city administrator.
August 9: Interim city administrator day. Interviews were conducted in the morning; at a special meeting in the evening, the Council hired Tim Madigan, former Faribault administrator, as the interim administrator.
August 11: Bridgewater town meeting. The Bridgewater supervisors provided an intelligent and concise response denying the Prawer-Gill annexation request (see Supervisor Glen Castore’s letter to the News, too, as well as the News’ contention that we have been less than transparent about this meeting).
August 17: Regular Council meeting. The Council approved
- 1st reading of the new stormwater ordinance (this is an important issue about which much more should be said – relates to the Bridgewater issue, too),
- early retirement for Community Development director Brian O’Connell (but hiring him part time to assist with finishing the land development code)
- feasibility study for the annual street reconstruction project (for Plum, Linden and the westmost block of 2nd street)
- more budget discussion
August 23: Public Forum on the Budget attended by about 30 people
August 24: Worksession where we discussed
- the commercial zoning districts currently under revision by the Planning Commission,
- utility rate studies, and
- the preliminary levy to be established at the first meeting in September.
Looking ahead: City administrator Joel Walinski’s last day is this Friday, September 3 and I wish him well in his new position in Leavenworth, WA (home of nordic skier Torin Koos and nothing like Leavenworth, KS where I went to high school). At 5 pm on Sept. 3, Tim Madigan takes over as interim administrator. Budget issues will continue to be big issues from setting the preliminary levy Sept 7 and on into the Fall (Indeed, I’m already looking ahead to the 2011 budget process). Campaigns tend to ramp up after Labor Day, so I’m also curious about how local candidates will address issues and push our agenda as they campaign for office.