Red Wing City Council briefs
Charter changes move forward
Red Wing City Council unanimously introduced a change to the city charter that would allow some commissions to accept members who live outside the city limits but in the Red Wing school district. The Sister Cities, Sustainability and Human Rights commissions could add voting members from the school district under the change.
Nonresidents also would be allowed on the Airport Board as long as they make up less than a majority of the quorum.
Charter Commission Chairman Chris Schrader said in January the council could lay out more specific rules for board and commission participation in the future, but wouldn't have to change the charter after this amendment.
Nobody spoke at Monday night's public hearing on the changes. A second council vote is needed for approval.
Opinion requested on recall
The City Council decided it still would like an opinion from the state attorney general on when it is appropriate for citizens to bring forward recall petitions for elected officials.
While the issue was raised in discussions about a potential recall petition for Mayor Dennis Egan, the request is not related to that situation, council members noted.
"We're simply getting this information so it's clear to the public," Council member Peggy Rehder said.
Balustrade construction approved
The city will move forward with reconstruction of the Central Park balustrade this spring.
Red Wing was awarded $52,500 from the state for the project, estimated to cost about $111,000. That includes $6,000 approved Monday night for a historical architect, something the Minnesota Historical Society requires but was previously unbudgeted, Planning Director Brian Peterson said. The money will come from the city's contingency fund.
The city could apply for grant money for the extra funding, Peterson said, but that would have pushed construction to next fall.
"This is a gorgeous park and it needs to be restored," Mayor Dennis Egan said. Council member Marilyn Meinke added it is a safety issue and should be repaired as soon as possible.
In other news...
Council members unanimously approved the appointment of Lynn Clayton to the Sustainability Commission as an advisory member for a term ending Dec. 31, 2015. Clayton will be a non-voting member since he is not a Red Wing resident.
Monday's City Council meeting lasted about three and a half hours including a closed session where members discussed Mississippi National Golf Links litigation. All members were present.
-- Compiled by Danielle Killey, staff writer