2012 street projects now out to bid

Alice Pickering
Wyoming Reporter

Plans and specifications for utilities and street work and improvements on Fallbrook Ave. in the Wyoming Industrial Park were approved by the Wyoming City Council on Tuesday, July 17.

The council also authorized advertising for bids. City Engineer Mark Erichson made the recommendation after briefly reviewing the work.

Approval allows the required three weeks for advertising. Sealed bids are to be opened at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 16. The vote was 5-0.

Bids for the US-61/250th Street project were received on July 17 and results will be presented at the Tuesday, Aug. 7 council meeting. Construction will likely begin on August 15.

Tax Abatement

The council unanimously approved creation of a city policy making a five-year tax abatement available to any new construction or business expansion, in the city.

The tax abatement is for projects up to $2.5 million.

The purpose it to “develop some positive city policies that will entice development” but not limit the city’s ability to provide services. The policy becomes effective August 1.

Radio Update

Recently Chisago County converted its public safety communication system to UHF 800 MHz radios.  The Wyoming Police Department installed their own UHF systems to be compatible with the county system and now has a surplus of VHF radios.

These are still useful. With UHF to VHF patch, public works employees county-wide can communicate on the UHF. Eight of these portable HT1500 radios will go to Wyoming Public Works.

The Taylors Falls Fire Department, which has a mutual aid agreement with St. Croix Falls, WI, requested six of the VHF radios. Wisconsin public safety continues using VHF radios, so these units will maintain communication between these fire departments.

Police Chief Paul Hoppe recommended transfer of these radios to Taylors Falls at no cost. He recommended that others be sold at an online auction site. The action was approved by a 5-0 vote.


Council approved a memorandum of understanding between the Comfort Lake Forest Lake Water District and the city of Wyoming to promote regulatory coordination.

Erichson cited an example of an individual who last year approached Doug Thomas of the CLFLWD with plans for changes on Comfort Lake. He presented different plans when he talked with Fred Weck, Wyoming’s building official. Weck issued the permit, but the work completed was not as proposed.

The purpose is for both regulatory agencies to notify the other when a permit has been issued for work in overlapping jurisdictions. Both organizations want to stay current with the permitting processes avoid duplication of processes. The agreement is non-binding.

Park Board

Council authorized the park board to spend $500 of charitable gambling funds to rent a Stagecoach for the Stage Coach Days on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Council member Linda Yeager questioned if this was an appropriate use of funds, as it would not support park programs.

Mayor  Eric Peterson said he believes Stage Coach Days fits the idea of the program.  Council member Roger Elmore said the funds are discretionary and the proposal is in the spirit of a program.

Approval was by a vote of 4-1, with Yeager voting no.

Other Business

In other business, the council:

• Rescheduled the regular council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7 to begin at 5 p.m. which will allow members to take part in National Night Out activities.

•Learned that Peterson Companies filed an appeal of the administrative judge’s decision to deny annexation of property to Chisago City. A conference is scheduled 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8.

•Approved a gambling permit for the Lakes Area Arts and Athletics Foundation to conduct a raffle at Stars and Strikes, Friday, Aug. 3. This is a fund-raising activity for the organization. The name reflects expansion of Forest Lake Area Athletic Association broadening its activities to include the arts. Approval was unanimous.

• Approved the addition of Cheryl Bengston as an election judge for the primary and general elections.

•Authorized payment of the bills, payroll and journal entries for July 4-17.

•Approved minutes of the June 26 public hearing.

•Approved minutes of the July 3 council meeting.

•Learned Charles Vogel has been granted a demolition permit to clean up his property.