Goal to reduce residential noise, limit wear and tear
Weight limits have been placed on Wyoming’s streets. The issue had been discussed at the July 2 City Council meeting, and the council unanimously adopted the ordinance amendment on Tuesday, July 16. The goal is to limit heavy traffic through residential areas to reduce noise and extend the life of the streets.
The action essentially places a limit of five tons on city streets. Exceptions will be made for regular service vehicles such as garbage and delivery trucks, school buses and agricultural equipment.
Related to this, the council approved closure of 250th Street, from west of Kettle River Boulevard to the county line, except for local traffic and service vehicles. This is to allow for a traffic study to determine the street’s load capacity. Engineer Mark Erichson at a future meeting will present a work plan and price estimate that the council must authorize.
Local government aid
City Administrator Craig Mattson reported that this is the first year since 2008 that the city will be eligible to receive local government aid. He anticipates about $170,000.
The city has yet to submit the 2014 levy limit form that determines the amount it will be eligible to receive. Mattson cautioned against always counting on the aid, as it “can be voted away by the Legislature.”
Sewer commission loan
The Chisago Lakes Joint Sewer Commission will be applying for a loan from the Minnesota Rural Water Association. Councilman Joe Zerwas, city liaison to the commission, reported that the amount will be about $800,000 rather than the $1.3 million first anticipated. The loan is to cover required maintenance and capital purchases.
Commissioners are divided on the purchase of land adjacent the treatment plant. The purchase is being considered for potential future plant expansion and to serve as a possible odor buffer. Odor complaints have averaged only about one a year.
Councilman Steve Zerwas, also a city representative on the commission, explained that expansion may be needed in 25 years. A study will help determine that time line.
The Public Works Department was given the go-ahead to purchase a paving compaction roller and a trailer for transport. Public Works Supervisor Jason Windingstad indicated that the hand roller to compact asphalt patch is not as effective as a vibratory roller. The equipment will help reduce the number of times the same potholes must be repatched.
When the city rents the equipment, it costs about $1,200 a month. Windingstad views the purchase as a cost-saving to the city. Besides its use for pothole repair, it can be used for water and sewer breaks. He estimated the useful life of the equipment to be about 15 years. An additional goal is to improve safety for employees.
Council approved the purchase from Ziegler CAT at a cost of $19,814. Funds will come from the public works rental budget.
In other business, the council:
– Approved spending $1,750 from the city’s branding fund for a community marketing video to be included as a DVD in the city’s informational packets. Chisago County EDA-HRA has already contributed $1,000. The vote was 4-0, with Mayor Eric Peterson abstaining.
– Unanimously approved hiring Genna Hackett for the position of administrative assistant office intern. The position is for 28 hours a week though Dec. 31, 2013. Pay rate is $10 an hour.
– Rescheduled the start time for the Aug. 6 City Council meeting to 5 p.m. to accommodate the National Night Out celebration.
– Learned construction on the skate park was scheduled to begin July 15.
– Learned interviews for the public safety administrative position are being conducted. Also, the department is reporting an increase in vandalism and theft from vehicles.