Tricounty News

Watkins council readies for pool season

Swimming lesson sign-ups were held May 4, and everything is being prepared to start lessons June 10. A crack in the south wall of the pool is W-IMG 5039-croppedbeing repaired now, with more permanent repairs being scheduled for the fall. A pork chop feed has been scheduled for June 8 to raise funds for the pool, which each year operates at a deficit of $30-35,000. The plan is to sell family discounted season passes that night only for $150 residents, $175 non-residents. (Regular price for season passes is $175 residents, $200 non-residents.)

There is a water problem on the south side of Village Hall where the city plans to install a new ramp. Water gets into the basement. Water also gets behind the bricks near the roofline, so tuckpointing and repairs will need to be done there as well. And the 50-year-old shingles are due for replacement. There may be grant money available for some of these projects, even if the building is not put on the historical register.


South Haven Days scheduled, city hall donations accepted

At the May 7, 2013, South Haven City Council meeting, the city received donations for two refrigerators and a microwave for the new city hall kitchen: $1,000 from the Fair Haven Lions and $2,000 from the South Haven Sportsmen’s Club. In addition, Fairhaven Electric donated the lobby chair and table set, and South Haven Fire Relief donated an additional $20,000 toward building construction.

The city received a divided check of $1,383 from the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust; this is a rebate of sorts, the difference between what was paid in during the past year and what claims were made.


Rep. Howe gains local input through survey

A survey Rep. Jeff Howe, R-Rockville, conducted in District 13A indicates citizens reject a state budget which increases taxes to fund additional spending, and want the state to uphold constitutional values.

A 58-percent majority oppose Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposal which would have raised taxes by billions in order to fund spending growth. Legislation making its way through the Legislature would raise taxes by around $3 billion the next two years to fund a state spending spike.


DFL meeting May 18

The Meeker/Cokato DFL Party will change the time and place of its Saturday, May 18, meeting in order to combine road cleanup with the meeting. They will meet at 9 a.m. for coffee and rolls,
9:30 for road cleanup, and 11 a.m. for the meeting and pot luck lunch.

Nancy and Merle Larson will host both coffee and rolls and the lunch meeting at their home at 21950 County 4, Dassel. The road cleanup is along a two-mile stretch of Highway 12 beginning at the intersection of Highways 12 and 15 and heading west.

Kimball council looks to road repairs, road extension

It may be a long way off (at least 5-10 years, probably more), but Maine Prairie Township and the City of Kimball are looking at the feasibility of extending Elm Street in Kimball through to Powder Ridge (93rd Avenue). Jodi Teich, Stearns County Engineer, came to the May 7 council meeting to share what she knows about the process. 

Because the road extension would be less than one mile, and only two lanes, no EAW (Environmental Assessment Worksheets) would be needed – unless wetlands would be involved. (In that event, the Corps of Engineers may need to be brought in.) The county does not need to be involved necessarily. An alignment first must be narrowed down, then rights of way determined along the path as property is allotted with development. Teich advises public meetings and involvement early on. There may be bonding available, part of “The Local Route to Regional Significance” program in Minnesota.