Scandia City Council delays Melanie Trail meeting

Due to city engineer’s resignation

Mary Bailey
Scandia Reporter

The resignation of City Engineer Ryan Goodman of Stantec will delay the discussion of how to repair a deteriorating road near Bone Lake.

At their Tuesday, May 8 work session the Scandia City Council voted to discuss Melanie Trail options at the June 18 capital improvements meeting, beginning at 7 p.m..

The meeting was originally scheduled for May 22.

Invitations to the June 18 meeting will be mailed to Melanie Trail residents.

Stantec has proposed that Phil Gravel replace Goodman as Scandia’s city engineer.

Gravel was the team leader for both Goodman and his predecessor, Paul Hornby.

“I’m not going anywhere—I’ll be here as long as you’d like me to be,” Gravel said. The transition would be at no cost to the city, he added.

The street patching/seal coating project will not be delayed.  City sewer projects will also continue as scheduled.

City Leader

Also at the May meeting, the council met with Sharon Klumpp of Springsted to discuss the qualifications they want in a new city administrator.

Scandia has contracted with Springsted to find a replacement for City Administrator Anne Hurlburt, who is retiring in October.

 Committee Meets

A new group charged with advising the council on city sewer matters met for the first time on Thursday, May 10.

Hurlburt presented an overview of the three septic systems:  one serving the Scandia Community Center, Elim Lutheran Church, and downtown businesses, and two serving residents of Big Marine Lake.

Engineers Clint Jordahl of Stantec and Brian Malm of Bolton & Menk were on hand to answer questions.

Committee members present were Chris Ness and Jim Schneider (council), Steven Philippi (planning commission), Moose Malmquist (Elim Church/Gammelgarden Museum), Wayne Schmitt (Schmitt Mall), Holly Kaufhold (Scandia Café), and residents Michael Peterson, Daniel Cartier, Brad Bergo and Doug Salmela.

City Treasurer Colleen Firkus and new Maintenance Superintendent Tim Keifer were also at the meeting. Ness was elected committee chair and Schneider vice chair.