BY EMILY HEDGES
The cities of Mayer and New Germany may join forces with Carver County Public Health and Parks to host an event to officially open the last section of the Dakota Trail between the two communities on June 1.
Lenny Klevan Schmitz, planner with Carver County Public Health, appeared at Mayer’s council meeting on Jan. 14 to discuss a joint application for a Blue Cross Blue Shield grant to fund the proposed “Wheels and Heels” event.
“We will encourage people to go from one end of the trail to the other in a free flowing event where people walk, bike or run,” said Klevan Schmitz.
“Wheels and Heels” will tie in various health initiatives, like Carver County’s Get Up and Go, and Mayer’s Train for the Trail and 5K Race, which is currently in the planning stage.
Since CR 30 between Mayer and New Germany would be closed for the Wheels and Heels event, Klevan Schmitz suggested the 5K be held in the morning followed by booths from local businesses and vendors and a fitness tent from approximately 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“It’s a great trail and a great way to get people out,” said Klevan Schmitz.
Klevan Schmitz said they will know by Feb. 15 whether or not they will receive anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 for “Wheels and Heels.” The grant is funded by tobacco lawsuit proceeds and goes to health initiatives that reduce preventable chronic diseases by tackling the root causes, such as tobacco use, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating.
The council expressed its enthusiasm for the planned event and passed a resolution of support of the grant application.
In other business, the council:
• Heard Mike Dodge take the oath as Mayor. He replaces outgoing Mayor Chris Capaul.
• Received a report showing the city issued 15 permits for new single family homes in 2012 valued at $2,276,934.
• Learned that Jay Hodge is soon to start as Mayer’s new town cop.
• Voted to spend $597 to repair the light sensor on Mayer’s water tower.
• Plans to invite the EDA, Parks and Planning Commission, Senior Commission and Finance Committee to come to a future work sessions to share its 2013 goals.
• Approved its annual appointments, including the re-appointment of Les Hahn and Rod Maetzold to the Planning Commission; Kristi Osborn and Krista Goedel to the Park Board; Judith Edholm to the Senior Commission; and the new appointment of Scott Wakefield to the Economic Development Authority.