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City Council briefs: Zero tolerance discussion; Sheldon Theatre decorations

Zero tolerance discussion

City Council met before their regularly scheduled meeting to discuss the federal "zero-tolerance" policy that has publicly resulted in parents and children seeking asylum to be kept from each other in detention centers. The Human Rights Commission was part of this discussion and has been tasked by Council to investigate what kind of response Red Wing should have to either make a statement on this issue, as other cities have, or do something improve the lives of citizens currently living in fear because of national policies that generally threaten their wellbeing. The Council and HRC was clear that Red Wing will not become a sanctuary city. HRC will bring their findings and recommendations back to the Council at a later date.

Red Wing 2040

Michelle Leise updated the City Council on Red Wing 2040 planning and community engagement opportunities. Two public input sessions are now set for July 24 5:30-7:30 p.m. outside Jefferson School and July 25 5:30-7:30 p.m. at A.P. Anderson Park. The public will soon be asked to use the online MetroQuest tool to help offer budget input as well.

Coffee n' Chat with the mayor

Mayor Sean Dowse will now be available publicly to have coffee and chat with citizens about whatever's on their mind. Upcoming dates include July 17 9-10 a.m. at Mandy's and July 24 9-10 a.m. at Caribou. Dates will be available in August as well.

Sheldon Theatre decorations

City Council approved $10,000 matching funds to cover the cost of decorative finishing work in the Sheldon Theatre balcony by contractor Conrad Schmitt. This roughly $32,000 project will also receive funding from the Sheldon contingency fund and donor contributions. This decision will help restore the interior to how it might have looked prior to its stint as a movie theater. This project is made more affordable by the presence of scaffolding in the building for other restoration projects and this project was rushed to take advantage of that scaffolding before it is taken down this summer.

In other news:

• Blue Coconut BBQ out of Hastings was approved for a food truck license in Red Wing as part of City Council's consent agenda.

• The July 9 meeting lasted about 30 minutes.

— compiled by Sarah Hansen, staff writer