Dexter, Columbus receive YSB honor

During Wyoming Council meeting on Tuesday, June 19


Sgt. Scott Dexter and officer Rachel Columbus received the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau’s James Trudeau Award at the Wyoming City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 19.

Wyoming Police Sgt. Scott Dexter and officer Rachel Columbus were honored with the Jim Trudeau Law Enforcement award from the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau on June 19. (Photo by Alice Pickering)

Erin Turner, YSB trustee, introduced Trudeau, a retired police chief officer who helped found YSB.

The award is given annually to recognize officers who are positive role models for youth and who have served “above and beyond department goals and objectives.”  Trudeau made the presentations.

US-61 Project

The council approved entering into a cooperative construction agreement with MN/DOT for the intersection improvements on Forest Blvd. (US-61) between 250th St. to Viking Blvd.

Left turn lanes will be created at 250th St. and the intersection at Fenwick Ave. will be closed. Construction is anticipated to begin August 15.

City Engineer Mark Erichson said bid results will be brought to the council on July 17 or August 3.

The city’s share of the project is estimated to be between $75,000 and $100,000.

There are also scheduled repairs and utility updates to be completed on Fallbrook Ave. this summer. Minnesota State Aid for streets is about $1 million, enough to cover the city’s share of both projects. The council approved the resolution by a vote of 5-0.

Fairview Project

Council approved the conditional use permit to Mortenson Development for a planned unit development at the Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center.

Fred Weck, building official, explained the addition will house an orthopedics special center with 21,000 square feet. The building will be located on the south side of the cancer center building. Structural systems are designed to accommodate future expansion by adding a second level.

The planning commission recommended approval. The CUP was granted with the conditions that no work begin until the engineer approves grading, drainage, and storm water plans, the city has issued a grading permit, drainage permit has been issued by MNDOT, MPCA permits have been issued, and the development agreement with the city has been signed. The CUP was approved by a vote of 5-0.

Two police squads were recently replaced. At the June 19 meeting, council authorized the decommissioning of the two older vehicles.  The 2009 car had 108,000 miles; the 2008 one had 118,000.

Because of the planned purchase of the new squad cars, repairs of between $800 and $1,200, on the older squads were postponed.

Police equipment will be transferred to the new vehicles. The surplus cars will be advertised for sale at Proceeds are to be deposited into the general fund.  Agreement was unanimous.

Election Notice

Beginning July 31, the city of Wyoming will accept affidavits of candidacy at Wyoming City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Filing ends August 14.  Mayor and two council seats are up for election in November.

The mayoral term is two years, while a council seat is four years. Eric Peterson is the current mayor.  Linda Yeager and Joe Zerwas hold council seats that are up for election this fall.

All seats are at-large positions. For more information contact City Administrator Craig Mattson  at 651-462-0575 or check the city web site

Other Business

In other business, the council

•Learned consideration of  a memorandum of understanding with the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District will be an agenda item at the July 3 meeting.

•Approved a gambling permit for Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club to conduct a raffle to benefit North Country Bowhunters on August 4 at the FLSC site, 4648 240th Street.

•Learned that the fee schedule for the League of Minnesota Cities will increase a maximum of 3.5 percent in 2013. Actual increase to be determined at the August 16 meeting. Fees are based on city population. Maximum amount of increase would be $158 to $4676.

•Authorized payment of the bills, payroll, and journal entries for June 5-19.

•Received a request from Christian Thompson-Nylund, ninth-grader, who has concerns about limited sidewalks in the city and impact on residents walking and biking safety.