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Red Wing City Council briefs

City foregoes community garden insurance requirement

The City Council on Monday decided not to require community garden members to hold insurance for their activities.

The issue arose when the League of Minnesota Cities recommended that cities require insurance from community garden groups. But Red Wing City Council members determined the local group was only loosely organized, and the city was protected well enough under its insurance.

The council did ask community garden organizers to include in their application a waiver of liability for the city in addition to the group, which is already listed.

The city of Red Wing requires private use of public property applications for organized groups holding events on public property not sponsored by the city. Those regulations include requiring an insurance policy.

East Fifth Street bridge project delayed

A project that has been in the works for more than three years has hit another snag. Rebuilding the East Fifth Street bridge is looking to be more expensive than anticipated, Red Wing Engineering Director Ron Rosenthal told the Council on Monday.

One factor driving up the cost is that Canadian Pacific Rail's three lines in the area need to be able to function throughout nearly the entire project.

Rosenthal brought to the council Monday a request to re-bid the project, which came in at more than $750,000 more than expected - and more than the Minnesota Department of Transportation agreed to fund.

But after considering options ranging form scuttling the project to funding the possible difference of more than $465,000, council members tabled the matter and instructed staff to continue looking for solutions.

Railroad building permit OK'd

The City Council approved a permit allowing Canadian Pacific Rail to build a new office and storage building west of Broad Street and south of the tracks. The small building will measure less than 1,000 square feet and will be built with brick nearly matching the existing depot building, Planning Director Brian Peterson said. The project also will include six parking stalls.

Peterson said the Advisory Planning Commission's public hearing revealed some concerns that the building may block the view of potential new developments in the malting building and its compatibility with visions for the future of the Farmers Market. But the council ultimately decided to approve the conditional-use permit.

Peterson noted the building would be shorter and smaller than the train cars often parked in the area.


Shannon Sullivan-Hanson was appointed to the Sister Cities Commission at Monday's council meeting. Her first term will expire Dec. 31, 2013.

Meeting watch

Monday's City Council meeting lasted about three hours and 50 minutes. All members were present; Mayor Dennis Egan was absent.

--Compiled by Danielle Nordine, staff writer