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Red Wing City Council briefs

City receives finance award

The city of Red Wing was awarded a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting for the second year in a row. There were 92 cities that received the award.

The award, given in recognition of the city's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, recognized the commitment of the staff to full financial disclosure and accurate reporting, said Darin Nelson, Minnesota's representative to the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, which gave the award.

"Red Wing has gone well above and beyond accepted accounting practices," he said.

The certificate is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, said Nelson, who is also the finance director for the city of Fridley, Minn.

"This shows that we operate in the spirit of full disclosure and go above and beyond the call of duty," said city Finance Director Marshall Hallock.

Airport board OK'd

The City Council approved Monday the formation of a joint airport board to explore zoning changes at Red Wing Regional Airport. The board would consist of representatives from all stakeholder entities in the airport, including Red Wing, Pierce County and some Wisconsin cities and townships -- should they choose to participate.

The entities have 60 days to decide if they want to be involved in the board, city attorney Amy Mace said.

Council Member Lisa Bayley raised questions about how the process will work and how much say each member or entity would have. But staff said details likely would be hashed out once they find out which entities will participate in the process.

Motor museum moves forward

A new use may be in the works for an old building along the waterfront. Mike Wilson of Red Wing has purchased historic artifacts from Red Wing Motor Co. and is working to create a museum in the city's Water Works building on Levee Road.

The project has been discussed with city staff before, and the plan approved Monday has Wilson leasing the building for three years for storage of the motors while he solidifies funding and other plans for the museum.

Public Works currently uses the building for miscellaneous storage, and council members were optimistic about the potential new use.

"I think it's a really creative idea," Council Member Lisa Bayley said, "and has the potential to expand the use of our waterfront."

Wilson agreed, adding the location was deliberate. "It's a natural fit, being next door to where the motors were built," Wilson said.

Meeting watch

Monday's City Council meeting lasted about two and a half hours. All members were present.

-- Compiled by Danielle Nordine, staff writer

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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