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Red Wing City Council briefs

Sand mining setbacks supported

The Red Wing City Council unanimously approved a resolution supporting industrial sand mining setbacks from the Mississippi River.

The Save-the-Bluffs organization is working with cities and townships throughout Goodhue County to garner support for a setback prohibiting mining within a mile of the river, city Planning Director Brian Peterson said.

The resolution approved Monday also supports an additional setback around Highway 61, which would protect spots where the road is more than a mile from the river.

“This doesn’t change anything about the Red Wing ordinance,” Council member Peggy Rehder noted, adding the resolution simply puts the city’s opinion on the record as Goodhue County continues to examine mining issues.

Marina change OK’d

The City Council on Monday officially acknowledged the Port Authority Board’s resolution to transfer management of the Ole Miss Marina to the city. City staff has already taken over work there, Public Works Director Rick Moskwa said.

More details surrounding the change still need to be hashed out and will come to the council before the end of the year, Moskwa said, and staff members also are working on a 2014 budget.

Discussions in the near future also will include the role of the Harbor Commission. Chairman Denny Tebbe told the council Monday dual representation — advising both the city and the Port Authority — likely wouldn’t be a problem for the commission.

The City Council also approved a motion Monday authorizing staff to hire a marina manager.

MNGL settlement finalized

A settlement in litigation surrounding Mississippi National Golf Links was finalized Monday.

The City Council approved the settlement, which was already signed by the other parties in the lawsuit. Council members had approved the terms in principle at its Sept. 9 meeting.

Several council members thanked the golf course committee and staff for working to come to the agreement.

Potential commission membership expanded

City Council members unanimously voted to introduce an ordinance allowing the Red Wing Sister Cities, Sustainability and Human Rights commissions to have members who live outside the city but within the Red Wing School District.

There is no limit on the number of members that can be from outside the city as long as Red Wing residents hold a majority.

The issue had been tabled at the last meeting so some language could be clarified making residency requirements consistent; members must have lived within the city or school district for at least six months to be eligible.

Meeting watch

Monday’s City Council meeting lasted about one hour and five minutes. Council member Dean Hove and Mayor Dan Bender were absent.

- Compiled by Danielle Killey, staff writer