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City Council briefs: College Avenue property declared nuisance; Planting for a purpose

Planting for a purpose

HOPE Coalition presented the Kids Count Bulb Project, which will take place in October, to Red Wing City Council on July 10. The goal is to bring awareness to Domestic Violence Awareness Month by providing children the opportunity to learn how to nurture through planting.

"We are going to start trying to put in or develop new projects, within programs we already have, that we feel have the highest potential to really break generational patterns of abuse, violence and poverty." said Linda Flanders, development coordinator.

Kids Count will be planting spring-flowering bulbs during the event along the Fourth Street staircase going up to the Goodhue County History Center. Thrivent action team will help provide the organization with start-up funds for the event.

"We envision an absolute magnificent staircase in the spring, where we will encourage families to climb the stairs, learn about history and connect with the city that they live in," Flanders said.

The project is anticipated to take about two to three years to complete due to the large number of stairs there.

During April 2018, Child Abuse Awareness Month, HOPE Coalition will host the celebration of children. Flanders encourages people to attend to see what the children created, exercise and learn about history together. Goodhue County History Center will also host an art project for kids during the April event.

College Avenue property declared nuisance

Following multiple notices of violations that start April 10, the property at 725 College Ave. has been declared a public nuisance.

"Some of the items were removed, however there still is a couch there, animal kennel and some other things that are left in the weeds," Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman said. "The weeds are even taller now."

Despite courtesy calls to the property owner, Pohlman said, the officer is unable to contact the person.

The council declared the property a public nuisance in order for the Public Works Department to clean up the property.

Meeting watch

Monday's City Council meeting lasted about an hour and 30 minutes. All council members were present.

— compiled by Kit Murray, staff writer

Kit Murray

Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy. 

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