By Jean Doran Matua, Editor
At its Sept. 4 regular meeting, the Eden Valley city council approved ordinances making it illegal to smoke (including electronic delivery devices) or consume alcohol at any of the city’s parks and playgrounds. The decisions followed a public hearing and discussion. In a separate ordinance, an exception was made that adult beverages may be consumed in Friederichs Park, but only in that park.
The council heard about the Eden Valley Area Library’s “We Got Carded” campaign designed to sign up new members for library cards.
The Eden Valley Fire Department will host an open house from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the fire hall. This year, they plan to add fire truck rides for kids. The road near the fire hall will be closed during this time.
The Planning Commission approved plans for a garage to be constructed on a property, and the council approved it (contingent that it meets highway setback requirements).
The council approved replacement of chain-link fencing at the pickle ball court out of the city’s park dedication fund.
The Eden Valley Citizens For Progress has been discussing combining with the Eden Valley Chamber of Commerce. The EV C4P has $12,145 from fundraisers, and council member Dan Thielen proposed spending up to $6,000 to install a rolling door to section off the kitchen at the new shelter in Friederichs Park. Mayor Brent Bengtson recused himself from this vote, as he is president of the chamber; all others approved. They agreed to move $3,000 from EV C4P to the Friederichs Park account. What remains in the C4P account will stay there for now. New bylaws for the combined organization are being worked on, and a “launch” event is being planned.
The Eden Valley EDA held a business roundtable meeting Monday evening, Aug. 26. The top issue desired by local business was industrial space; tied for second were workforce housing and mid-range housing, and at third was transitional housing (that includes age 55+). An additional EDA meeting has been scheduled for Monday, Sept. 23, to discuss the results of this meeting and survey.
The school district wants to have MnDOT install both Robotics and FFA championship signs onto city signs on Hwy. 55.
Public Works director Jim Rademacher has submitted his intent to retire at the beginning of 2020.
The council approved a start of the assessment process for the 2018 Improvement Project on several streets in Eden Valley. The total cost of the improvement was $1,473,728.48, of which $76,069.69 is to be assessed against benefited property owners; the balance will be paid by the city. A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in city hall regarding this assessment on affected properties. All those affected will be invited to this hearing.
A budget workshop is scheduled for Sept. 18. The next regular council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. Regular meetings are recorded and televised Thursdays on Arvig.