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Red Wing City Council briefs

Levee Road planning to begin

Red Wing City Council unanimously authorized staff to begin design plans for the Levee Road Revitalization project, including street and parking lot reconstruction, boat harbor wall and trail.

The council approved spending about $186,600 for design work.

The city has federal funding for the street reconstruction project on Levee Road between Jackson and Broad streets in 2015. State aid funds also can contribute to the project, Engineering Director Ron Rosenthal said.

The city tried including the Levee Road plan in a local option sales tax proposal, but the voters rejected the tax. The city also has sought state bonding money.

Council member Peggy Rehder said if the city has design work done, that puts the project in a good position for state bonding funds in the next legislative session.

"I think we have every reason to be optimistic that if we go in with a riverfront plan that will be shovel ready that we will stand a very good chance of getting funding," Rehder said.

"I think this is something we have to do," Council President Lisa Bayley agreed. "We're never going to be as well positioned as we are this year."

Fireworks tabled

The City Council tabled a request to close a portion of Levee Road for Fourth of July fireworks this year.

Don Kliewer, representing Mississippi Alumination, asked the council for the closure for the fireworks set-up and show.

A number of boaters raised concerns about fireworks being shot off so close to the marina, such as damage from ash and the safety of the gas dock.

Council member Ralph Rauterkus said the organization also would need permission from the Port Authority to use the bulkhead, which it did not get yet and might not be able to in time.

Kliewer said the fireworks might not happen this year. He told the council the organization still is short of its fundraising goal, and the fireworks company needed confirmation soon.

"If this doesn't work this year I think we put it on hold and do it next year," he said.

Citizens recognized

Police Chief Roger Pohlman and Fire Chief Tom Schneider recognized Davis Peterson, Laci Wilson, Jay Homan, Paul Meuer, Katie Tredinnick, Shannon Franklin and Carl Meisner for actions taken May 15 regarding the medical response when a jogger fell from Barn Bluff.

Pohlman also recognized Reggy Lynch for actions May 18 assisting in burglary suspects' arrest.

Meeting watch

Monday's City Council meeting lasted about two hours and 40 minutes. All members were present.

-- Compiled by Danielle Killey, staff writer