Valley Daze is still happening, but it will be different this year. The parade has been cancelled because it was expected that State Street would be fully under construction by that time in June. It’s looking more and more like that won’t be the case. The city engineer, Kent Louwagie from Bolton & Menk explained that they expected full review and approval to take two months, with the application being submitted in early March. It’s taken two months, though, just to get through district review. The project is now at MnDOT being reviewed now. Louwagie expects it to take 1-2 weeks before they get a bid-letting date. Mid- to late-June is the earliest, he feels, that the city can open bids for the project. Concern was raised about what type of bids the city would receive so late in the season, and whether the entire project can be done in one construction season (as intended). Louwagie believes it can be completed yet this year, and that receiving good bids should not be a problem.
Meanwhile, council members are hearing from citizens and no one is happy with the delays, especially because of the parade being cancelled.
The railroad portion of the project will be coordinated with the road project. Louwagie believes construction will begin in July.
“We’ve been waiting 50 years to redo main street,” said mayor Pete Korman. The council agreed to move forward and approved a resolution to allow Bolton & Menk to proceed with applications, permits, and all that is necessary for the project.
The EV-W Carbon Cutting Group from the high school, with Mike Eveslage as advisor, requested a site from the city to be used as an oil recycling site through East Side Oil (similar to sites in Kimball and Belgrade). The best site identified would be at the city’s maintenance garage. East Side Oil would be responsible for regular pickup and for cleanup around the site. Jonathan Morales, the YES! (Youth Energy Summit) coordinator for the EV-W program, presented the group with an award. The city wants to make sure that there truly will be no cost to the city for the program. All anticipated proceeds of about $100-200 a month from the oil recycling program would go to the Carbon Cutting Group (the same group that a few years ago installed solar panels at the school). The issue is tabled until more information can be reviewed.
Ralph Haag from Eden Lake Township asked if the township could officially share the city’s compost pile. They are willing to compensate the city for any additional expense incurred. The city will investigate costs, and whether the site can be expanded.
Depending on the hours of operation, it will cost the city upwards of $900 to hold a special election to fill the council seat vacated by Eric Reetz. The council agreed that a Sept. 3 election date would be preferable to Aug. 6, and tabled final decisions about election hours until the June meeting.
The city will do crack-filling on city streets, as Mother Nature allows.
Tickets for the Mid-Summer Blast “Warrant” concert Aug. 10 can now be purchased online at www.evec22.org.
The next council meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at city hall.
YES! coordinator Jonathan Morales (far right) presented an award to the EV-W Carbon Cutting Group during the May 6 Eden Valley city council meeting. Pictured are, from left, Jodi Phillip, Nathan Utecht, Alexis Klatt, Arnie Gruenes, advisor Mike Eveslage, and Morales.
The group includes 20-25 high school students at EV-W. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.