Stagecoach signs to greet I-35 traffic

County commissioner updates Wyoming council


Alice Pickering
Wyoming Reporter

Wyoming will have a new face for the steady traffic driving through on Interstate 35. The City Council on Nov. 5 authorized the purchase of two signs with the message “Wyoming Welcomes You.”

The 5-by-10 signs with dark brown finish will incorporate the city’s stagecoach logo. Signs will be placed east of I-35, adjacent to the Xccent site. Cost is $7,180 payable to Minnesota State Industries, plus installation and mounting.

The vote was 4-0. Steve Zerwas did not attend the meeting.

County update

Chisago County Commissioner Ben Montzka provided good news from the County Board: Chisago County has not had to dip into contingency funds this year.

Montzka said the board is “trying to treat each district fairly” regarding roads. The project for County Road 30, “Old 61,” is on track to be completed in 2014. A bridge repair is scheduled for County Road 36. A grant application will determine whether state funds are available to help pay for the work.

Councilwoman Linda Yeager asked about completion plans for the county bike trail. She said she hopes repair work on the trail will be done next year. Eventually, the bike trail is to extend from Center City to Taylors Falls.

The board is also looking for an overall plan for maintenance for parks and trails.

Fire training donations

The council approved the purchase of Bullex ITS, a fire-extinguisher training prop to be used in Community Education programs. Training officers can provide the training to Wyoming businesses at no cost. In addition, plans include training for graduating sixth-graders at Wyoming Elementary, other Wyoming youth groups and the public.

The total price is $5,803.64. Donations have come from Fairview Auxiliary ($2,497.59), Maranatha Assembly of God ($700) and Meadows on Fairview ($2,500).

Street updates

Public Works Superintendent Jason Windingstad reported overlay work on 264th Avenue is complete.

In his report, engineer Mark Erichson announced a work session for Nov. 19 to discuss funding for 2014 street improvements in relation to the 10-year streets capital improvement plan. At the meeting, a resolution will be considered related to state aid to help fund wetland improvements along Greenway Lane.

Other business

In other business, the council:

– Authorized renewal of the city’s membership in the League of Minnesota Cities for the fiscal year, in the amount of $6,759, and the Minnesota Mayors Association, in the amount of $30.

– Scheduled an additional budget work session for 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25.

– Authorized the Wyoming Police Department to enter into a service contract with the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau for 2014 in the amount of $2,500. The relationship provides early intervention in an effort to reduce delinquency with accountability and enrichment. Community service hours help reduce staffing costs for the city.

– Authorized the sale of five surplus vehicles through online auction. A number of items used by the Fire Department have reached the end of their useful life and are also surplus. Chief J.J. Hastings indicated that turn-out gear is washed and inspected after each use, with planned replacement and upgrades at no longer than 10-year cycles.