At the Nov. 15 meeting, the council discussed other business.
The flashing lights at the Highway 55/22 intersection will not yet be changed. Xcel Energy will provide temporary power to the existing signs until next year’s scheduled road project. The council plans to change them to LED flashing lights as part of next year’s project. The twist is that the proposed (and approved) project for next year is from Highway 55 north, part of MnDOT District 3, while District 8 lies south of Highway 55. MnDOT would like the intersection, both sides of it, upgraded as part of the improvement project next year. This will take some careful coordination between the two Districts.
The city heard from MnDOT Railroad Division and from CP Rail about repairing/improving the railroad intersection at Highway 22. The great news is that these two entities will pay for the needed work; no local funds will be needed, as previously anticipated. The north track will be removed from the crossing, leaving only two sets of tracks at the highway. This also will allow for a shorter (and more reliable) crossing arm at the intersection.
Work is continuing on a 5- and 10-year capital expenditure plan. They hope to have a draft together by March 2013, and to have the actual plan in place for the 2014 budget.
A 25-cent/thousand gallons rate increase on water/sewer was discussed, but decision was postponed until the Dec. 5 meeting.
Discussion will continue Dec. 5 on refinancing the EDA Housing Bond for Brookview Apartments and the PFA Bond for the treatment plant. Considerable savings can be had given current interest rates.
A Truth in Taxation hearing also will be part of the Dec. 5 meeting.