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Red Wing City Council briefs

2013 deer archery hunt gets green light

Red Wing City Council approved the 2013 Special Hunt Program, a yearly archery hunt to help control deer populations within Red Wing city limits.

Engineering Director Ron Rosenthal presented the council with a number of changes to this year's hunt, including revised signs stating when hunters can use city lands, and increasing the archery zone to include an area between Pine Ridge Boulevard and Pioneer Road.

The archery hunt started in the 1990s because of concerns over car-deer collisions and flower gardens being destroyed by grazing, Rosenthal said. "The hunt has worked extremely well over the years."

Special Hunt permits for 2013 will be valid April 17 to Dec. 31. A $20 fee and proficiency test must be completed at Four Seasons Sports, 2301 Old West Main St., before a permit will be awarded.

Council supports state plan for municipal street program

The council voted unanimously to support proposed legislation that would allow cities to create street improvement districts and collect fees from property owners to fund maintenance and construction projects.

Finance Director Marshall Hallock assured the council that the proposed legislation would not require cities to create improvement districts, but it would provide another option to fund road projects.

City Council will send a letter of support to state Sen. Matt Schmit and Rep. Tim Kelly.

Bids sought for shredder

The city will take bids for an industrial shredder for the Solid Waste Campus to fulfill a contract requirement with Xcel Energy.

The council approved a contract with Xcel to deliver processed waste materials for burning at the Red Wing Steam Plant starting July 1. However, the city does not have a required shredder needed to process the waste.

Bids will be for an interim shredder to make due until the city can come up with funding for a permanent shredding solution.

In other news...

@brief/summary text: • City Council approved a motion formally announcing a vacancy in the office of mayor. Three candidates have already filed for a special election to be held June 11.

• Council recognized three Public Works employees who recently passed licensing tests. Kurt Krie was awarded a class A license; Steve Thoms was awarded a class B license; and Reese Meacham was awarded a class C license. The council also recognized Corey Aadalen for holding classes to help prepare the workers for their licensing tests.

Meeting watch

Monday's City Council meeting lasted about two hours and 10 minutes. All council members were in attendance.

-- Compiled by Michael Brun, staff writer