Tricounty News

Eden Valley council adds fire and rescue members

The Eden Valley council met Wednesday evening, June 4, with all members present.

The council approved appointment of new members to the fire and rescue department. Joining the Fire Dept. are Darrin K. Hondl, Joshua Jesberg, Jerrod Nohner, and Jason Rasmussen. Joining the Rescue Squad are Kristen Eisenschenk, Mark J. Kern, Lori Teicher, Lacy Hemmesch, and Steve Schmitt.

City engineer Kent Louwagie reported that everything is going according to schedule with the street project. As of June 4, crews were working on utilities north of Coleman and Hwy. 22. Two feet of sand should be put in by the end of the week. Class 5 was to be laid down, and the colored concrete parts of the sidewalks after that (these have now been completed). The council approved paying $363,041.12; this includes an extra $8,400 for 33 decorative brackets on the light poles that no one anticipated. Most importantly, everything critical should be completed in time for Valley Daze.


A public hearing was held May 28 for changing setback requirements. No one came. Ordinance 2014-2 was approved by the attorney, and unanimously approved by the council. It allows for a minimum of 6 feet side-yard setbacks (instead of calculating a percentage of the lot width).

Election judges are still needed. City clerk Mona Haag is scheduling training (call her if you are interested).

The Eden Valley Area Library is getting its non-profit 501(c)3 status, with the help of a donation from the Lions and a grant from Stearns Electric.

The council discussed Frederick Park and relocating the horseshoe pits. The Lions are willing to commit funds for architectural design (a site plan). Upkeep costs will be up to the city. Jeff Bradshaw said he’d like to see a skating rink there, and that he’d like to make the Lions pay for maintenance of the park too. The council indicated support of the Lions
w-graffitipursuing a site plan for the park.

The city has been without a deputy clerk or zoning administrator for some time now (with the clerk performing all these duties). They will again look to hire a part-time person as deputy clerk/zoning administrator. They hope to fill the position by Sept. 1.

The next meeting of the Eden Valley council is Wednesday,
July 9. Meetings are always open to the public, and are televised on Arvig cable, usually Thursdays.


Some of the graffiti found in and around the City of Watkins recently, spraypainted in dark orange. If you can help solve the case (and convict the criminal involved), please call the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office at (320) 693-5400. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.