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Red Wing City Council briefs

Red Wing City Council

Budget talks continue

Red Wing City Council members held a workshop to talk about the city's capital budget before Monday night's regular meeting. The capital improvement plan includes projects such as street construction, parking ramp repairs, storm sewer and tunnel work, building maintenance and vehicle and equipment repairs and replacements.

The plan lists projects over the next few years but is flexible, Finance Director Marshall Hallock said.

Priorities for 2014 include projects such as the Sturgeon Lake Road overpass design, Levee Road work and West Avenue reconstruction. The plan includes projects that will have funding from bonding, which gives the city the "opportunity to leverage the future tax base in order to take care of capital projects now," Hallock said.

The city has long been discussing bonding as a way to catch up on a backlog of infrastructure needs.

The City Council is slated to set the preliminary levy and budget on Sept. 9 and has budget workshops planned for Oct. 7 and Nov. 25. Members plan to finalize the budget in early December.

Storm water tunnels to be fixed

The city has some urgent storm water tunnel issues, staff said Monday.

Public Works Deputy Director Bob Stark said CNA Consulting Engineers recently completed a detailed assessment of the tunnels and categorized their condition. Just less than 1 percent of the tunnel areas evaluated were labeled urgent, Stark said.

The City Council voted Monday to approve an agreement with CNA Consulting Engineers to provide design and bidding services for the five urgent areas.

The $30,000 agreement with CNA would be funded by the 2013 storm water CIP budget. The whole repair project, including design and construction, is estimated to cost about $282,000, Stark said.

City vying to host 2014 conference

The City Council unanimously approved an application to host the 2014 Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities summer conference.

"I think we have a real good chance," Council Administrator Kay Kuhlmann said. The conference would bring in leaders from cities across the state for meetings and events.

The decision spurred discussion about budgeting for special events in the coming years so the funds aren't coming from emergency sources. The money could be used toward events, tournaments and other activities in the city that draw in visitors and help boost spending and tourism in town, council members said.

In other news...

• The City Council approved a $44,240 contract with Turf Management Solutions for maintaining Mississippi National Golf Links and preparing it for winter. The contract was part of the consent agenda after discussion at the last City Council meeting. The funds will come from the general fund contingency.

• Mayor Dan Bender proclaimed Aug. 26, 2013, as Jim Grantman Day in Red Wing. The proclamation honored Grantman, who died earlier this month, for "giving generously of himself and his worldly goods." He served the community, local organizations and his church and helped his employees at Coca Cola, Bender said in the resolution.

Meeting watch

Monday's City Council meeting lasted about an hour and 25 minutes before members entered a closed session to discuss Mississippi National Golf Links litigation. All members were present.

--Compiled by Danielle Killey, staff writer