Landing, bicycles among Scandia council topics

Terry Traver
Scandia Reporter

As the public forum to discuss the Log House Landing ramp drew near, the dispute over the city’s approach to the project continued at the Scandia City Council work session on April 5. Mayor Christine Maefsky and Councilmen Steve Kronmiller and Robert Hegland weren’t in support of funding a rebuild of the Log House Landing ramp area, while Councilmen Chris Ness and Jim Schneider defended the previous council decision to rebuild and remodel the ramp to include being used for boats and trailers.

“I don’t have an issue with leaving the ramp alone,” Ness said. But it will come back again and again until it is closed.”

An open forum to give the public an opportunity to express their support for one of four options for the site is set for April 25.

The options are to leave the ramp as it is with no changes, move ahead with the plan to rebuild the ramp to include use of boats and trailers, designate the ramp for carry-ons only like kayaks and canoes or close the ramp completely.

“Allow the watershed district to plant to help with the erosion issue,” Hegland suggested. “Planks have already been given (previously donated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources) to be put in place for the ramp, so let our Public Works Department put in the planks when funding allows.”

The council will meet at a date shortly after the public forum to discuss their findings and to make a decision about what to do.

Scandia as a bike destination

Volunteers Janie O’Connor and Marlys Johnson presented to the council what they have learned is needed to make Scandia a bicycle destination. Their objective in meeting with the council was to see if they could convince the council give public support to their volunteer group. There have already been several bike teams that have visited or biked through Scandia, and O’Connor and Johnson said the bike visits could spur opportunity for more business development in the city.

The volunteer group has researched the small northern Minnesota town of Crosby, a stop on the Cuyuna Lakes bike trail, for inspiration. They met with the owner of a bike store, a Chamber of Commerce representative and an owner of a cafe and were given tips about what to do and what not to do to be successful as a biking destination. The council passed on a resolution to support their efforts (without financial commitment).