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Red Wing City Council briefs

Meinke won’t run again

Red Wing City Council member Marilyn Meinke, who holds the at-large position representing the city, announced Monday she will not seek re-election this fall.

“It’s been my privilege to serve on the Red Wing City Council,” she said during her announcement toward the end of Monday’s meeting.

“It’s been a really interesting and very challenging job, and it certainly isn’t a job that I could have just walked into and done on my own,” she told council members. “I am sincerely grateful for the education and the encouragement I’ve gotten from all of you, from the citizens of Red Wing, city staff and especially from my family.”

Council President Lisa Bayley thanked Meinke for her work and encouraged anyone interested in serving on the council to explore options.

Seats that will be up for election this November are the combined Wards 1 and 2 spot currently held by Dean Hove, the Ward 3 seat now held by Mike Schultz, the Ward 4 seat held by Peggy Rehder and the at-large spot.

The filing period will run from Tuesday May 20 to Tuesday June 3.

Port Authority hearing set

The City Council voted Monday to set a public hearing for 7 p.m. May 12 in the City Council Chambers to consider changes to the Red Wing Port Authority Enabling Resolution.

The changes relate to the port staff becoming city employees.

The Port Board approved the language at a special meeting Monday before the council met, Council Administrator Kay Kuhlmann said.

Pottery Place permit approved

A conditional-use permit for Pottery Place was approved Monday night allowing the building to add 10 apartments and 11 garages.

Monday’s vote came after another permit allowing the same work was approved, then later rescinded due to some concerns from another owner of the building over the project and notice about the public discussion.

City Planning Director Brian Peterson said Pottery Place LLC owner Philippe Petit and John Tittle, who owns part of the third floor in the Pottery Place building, have been meeting to talk about any issues, and two conditions were added to the permit approved Monday, including limiting construction noise during weekday office hours.

In other news…

 •New Red Wing police officer Nicholas Sather was sworn in at Monday’s meeting.

•Mayor Dan Bender read a proclamation declaring Friday April 25 Arbor Day in Red Wing. He also noted that Red Wing was named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Meeting watch

Monday’s City Council meeting lasted about an hour and 50 minutes before members entered a closed session to discuss a possible property acquisition at 604 Main St. Council member Jason Sebion was absent.

--Compiled by Danielle Killey, staff writer

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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