A public open house on the city of Forest Lake’s Parks, Trails and Open Space Master Plan will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, at City Hall. A presentation at 6:45 p.m. will be followed by an opportunity to review existing park data and maps, and to provide input. The master plan [...]
Where Washington County Road 91 (Lofton Avenue) meets Minnesota State Highway 97 (Scandia Trail), neither road is a straight line. Highway 97 primarily runs east from Forest Lake to Minnesota State Highway 95 (St. Croix Trail), but just west of Lofton it curves northward before heading east again at Meadowbrook Avenue. Lofton Avenue runs mostly [...]
This winter’s deep freeze has Brett Baldry studying the calendar. As construction company Kraus Anderson’s project manager for the Forest Lake City Center, it falls to him to decipher a projected completion date for the $18.76 million project after crews lost 18 days of work over the first two months of 2014 due to the weather.
The City Council last week addressed two more positions of the wide-ranging city staff reorganization plan approved last fall. To date, the four-phase plan has been implemented on a reactive basis through retirements and resignations. The latest action stems from the resignation of Park Director Renae Reedy and the retirement of building secretary Caroline Norelius.
Forest Lake’s park system is large, but are its amenities well-known to the community? What amount of trail linkage is needed, both in the city and on a regional level? Should the city put its resources into fully maintaining each park, or should it invest in a few signature ones? These and plenty more questions were on the table as members of the City Council, Planning Commission and Park Board met with city staff and landscape architects Feb. 18.