Scandia council approves $400,000 in spending

New fire engine and dump truck ordered


Mary Bailey
Community Editor

The Scandia City Council has ended the debate about repairing versus replacing the rusting 25-year-old Engine 5180.

At the March 19 meeting the entire council voted to order a new truck from Custom Fire for $344,952. The city will issue bonds to finance the purchase.

The vote to buy a Ford F-550 Trition V-10 for $46,140 was also unanimous. The council rejected the maintenance superintendent’s proposal to pay more for a longer-lasting diesel engine, but approved adding an electric hydraulic pump. The 2013 budget includes $50,000 for this purchase.

As part of the consent agenda the council voted to increase firefighter pay by $1 per hour. The new base pay is $11 per hour, with an additional $1 per person paid for Emergency Medical Technician, for Firefighter II, and for Officer. Fire chiefs and captains also receive a monthly stipend, and firefighters are paid $100 per course upon completion of EMT and Firefighter I or II certification.

Two variances recommended by the planning commission were approved by the council.

Mary Lou Simonson’s proposal to split her 30 acres into a five-acre lot with the house and a 25-acre recreation area was given variances for lot width and road frontage.

Bryan and Karen Crane can now build a new house on a 0.31-acre lot on Big Marine Lake, with variances granted for lot size, lot coverage and setbacks.

Korey Olson’s Eagle Scout project, to replace the sign at Wind in the Pines Preserve, was given the go-ahead by the council.

Permits were granted for three outdoor athletic events. This year the Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride is coming to the St. Croix Valley on April 28. The loop for riders covering 50, 75 or 100 miles will bring about 2,000 people to Scandia.

Special event permits were also approved for the Washington County Historical Society 5K on May 4 and the Scandia PTO Fun Run on May 18.

County Engineer Wayne Sandberg presented a status reort on the condition of county roads. Without increased funding, he said, the county will be unable to maintain current standards. He discussed a proposal in the legislature to expand counties’ ability to charge wheelage tax as a possible solution.

The council approved extending the recycling contract with SRC, in which the city pays $27,846 per year for collection of paper, cans, glass, etc. from residents.

The annual operating permit was approved for the Bracht Mine on 185th Street. Bracht plans no excavation in 2013, just removing stockpiles and working on reclamation.

The annual operating permit for Tiller’s Scandia Mine on Manning Avenue was also approved. This is where sand and gravel from the soon-to-reopen Zavoral Mine will be processed. The site has an asphalt plant and is actively mined, with 238,000 tons of material removed in 2012.

The appointments of Christine Maefsky and Jan Hogle as chair and vice chair of the planning commission were approved. On April 3 the council will interview three applicants for the vacant position on the planning commission.

Forrest Tibbets will be hired again as the seasonal parks maintenance worker again this summer, and another part-time person will be hired again to help with road repair, etc.

Should Scandia create an Economic Development Authority? On May 21, at the regular council meeting, the public will have a chance to learn about this proposal and offer comment.