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Work on solid waste plan continues

Red Wing City Council agreed Monday to move forward with developing a solid waste agreement among the Goodhue County, the city of Red Wing and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Members discussed the issue at a workshop last week and unanimously agreed Monday to keep working on a plan that includes getting the Bench Street landfill into the state’s closed landfill program and sending all the waste in Goodhue County to the city, among other details.

“This is a complex agreement,” city Public Works Director Rick Moskwa said.

The plan would require legislative approval because the state’s landfill program is no longer open, Moskwa said.

While council members said they are happy to keep moving on the plan, there are many details to work out and factors up in the air.

“We’re making progress, but it’s not a done deal,” said Council member Peggy Rehder, who served on the joint solid waste committee before being elected. “There’s still considerable work to be done.”

City Council briefs

Voting returns to Jordan Towers

Jordan Tower II will once again be a polling place for elections. The council unanimously agreed Monday to change the Ward 4, Precinct 1 polling place from Colvill Courtyard to Jordan Tower II.

In 2012, when boundaries for wards and precincts shifted and the number of precincts was reduced, Jordan Towers was no longer a polling place.

That caused confusion and difficulty during elections for residents of the towers and Downtown Plaza across the street, council members said.

The city originally thought the site would be eligible for outreach health care facility voting, but it didn’t meet requirements, staff said.

“I think that those residents will all be very happy to hear they’re going to be able to vote at home,” Council member Peggy Rehder said.

Theaters could sell stronger beer

The Sheldon Theatre and other auditoriums with live performances in Red Wing could sell stronger beer under an ordinance the City Council unanimously introduced Monday.

The Sheldon already can sell wine and 3.2 percent beer, but could be licensed to offer stronger malt liquor as well under the ordinance.

Only theaters that regularly host “live dramatic, musical, dance or literary performances” would be eligible; it would not apply to movie theaters.

Port, DTMS agreement OK’d

The City Council unanimously approved an agreement on Monday between the city and Red Wing Downtown Main Street. The city previously decided to put $50,000 toward DTMS and have the Port Authority distribute the funds and coordinate work.

Downtown Main Street would get $25,000 upon signing the agreement, which outlines responsibilities and other details of the partnership, and the other $25,000 would come to the organization in July, after a mid-year report to council, Port Authority Executive Director Randy Olson said.

The Port Board already approved the plan, he said.

The new DTMS director, set to start work next month, would hammer out the details of a work plan, Olson added.

In other news …

•Police Capt. Gordon Rohr and Patrol Sgt. David Addleman were sworn in Monday night to their new roles.

•The City Council unanimously approved two appointments. Daniel Bernstrom and Heather Bernstrom will serve on the Sister Cities Commission for terms ending Dec. 31, 2016.

Meeting watch

Monday’s City Council meeting lasted just less than three hours. Council member Mike Schultz was absent, attending the National League of Cities conference.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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