Appointments made at council’s organizational meeting
The Wyoming City Council took steps last Tuesday to improve data backup systems for City Hall and the Public Safety Department. The City Council authorized the purchase of a server backup solution for long-term data storage.
Midcontinent owns the fiber-optic cables in the city. The majority of city records are stored digitally, and the amounts are increasing exponentially. In the past, city data has been backed up on a server near the police station and police data backed up at City Hall. The increasing volume of backup has slowed and interfered with communication for the Police Department during the evening.
A server for the phone system was added recently and needs to run through fiber-optic cable, too.
David Manion of CW Technology explained in more detail how the data has been stored and backed up and how the new, off-site “cloud” system will work. Data and voice can be separated. Manion said the system is sized for two terabytes of information, which can be increased up to 10 terabytes. The system should serve the city well for three to five years. Cost of the service is $6,982.
Council members approved changing the status of public works employees Josh Smith and Eric Rydeen from probationary to full-time. Public Works Superintendent Jason Windingstad told the council that both learned their respective jobs – Streets Lead and Maintenance Worker 1 – rapidly and within three weeks of being hired were doing very well. Promotions were approved effective Jan. 7.
Council approved extending conditional employment offers to Aaron Anderson and Lyndsey Hicken to fill vacancies as part-time police officers in the Wyoming Police Department, recommended by Public Safety Director Paul Hoppe.
The first meeting of the year is the city’s annual organizational meeting. Based upon recommendations from commissions, Judy Coughlin and Matt Engstrom were appointed to the Wyoming Planning Commission for 2014.
No terms expired on the city’s Economic Development Authority, but a letter of interest in the open seat has been submitted and will be evaluated at the group’s first meeting in 2014.
The city’s Park and Recreation Board is being restructured. Once this is completed, appointments will be made to the board. Former members may apply for open seats on the board.
Appointments and liaison assignments for council members were also approved as follows:
– Mayor Eric Peterson: Economic Development Authority, Wyoming Fire Relief Association, Forest Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Chisago Lakes Joint Sewer Commissioner (alternate).
– Roger Elmore: acting mayor, Wyoming Area Business Association, Planning Commission, Park Board.
– Linda Yeager: Economic Development Authority, Rush Line Task Force, Library Society, Public Works, Park Board.
– Joe Zerwas: Public Safety, Chisago Lakes Joint Sewer Commissioner.
– Steve Zerwas: Chisago Lakes Joint Sewer Commissioner, Highway 8 Task Force.
Fire Chief J.J. Hastings and City Administrator Craig Mattson are also members of the Fire Relief Association.
Public Safety Director Hoppe was reappointed the city Emergency Services Officer. Mark Lobermeier represents the city in the Comfort Lake/Forest Lake Watershed District.
The council adopted the 2014 fee schedule. The city fees are set to cover the costs of providing services. They include inspections. There are a few increases due to increased costs or anticipated increases. The increases affecting most residents and businesses are water and sewer charges. These were adopted at the Dec. 17 council meeting.
A non-sufficient funds check charge of $35 has been added. Community center rental fees have been established, replacing damage deposits. Private use of the center is $25 for residents and $75 for nonresidents. The complete city fee schedule is available at www.wyomingmn.org.
Resident Scott Watters had questions about consistency in the enforcement of regulations for snowmobile travel. A former township resident, he used the ditches as access to the Sunrise Prairie Trail and it was legal. His two sons were recently ticketed for doing so.
The rules are that on county roads or state-aid roads, riding the ditches is permissible. Watters said he was ticketed while riding in the ditches on Highway 61 a couple of years ago.
Hoppe explained that on city streets, the ordinance states riders must drive on the right-hand part of the road, crossing at street intersections to reach the trails. Hoppe also said that the ticketing was in response to a complaint.
Zoning Official Fred Weck told the council that when the township and city ordinances were merged into a unified code, the intention was to allow riding in the ditches. He added that the ordinance can be interpreted either way.
Trying for clearer language, the Planning Commission will be reviewing the snowmobile ordinance at its next meeting. Hoppe and Watters both plan to attend.