BY EMILY HEDGES
During the St. Boni City Council’s first meeting of the New Year on Jan. 16, Robert Smestad took his seat on the council, replacing Jim Rudnicki, who decided not to seek reelection. The council passed a number of housekeeping items to start the year off, including the passage of 2013 city appointments.
2013 city appointments included city attorney, Larry Harris; city auditor, Eide Bailly; city engineer, Bolton & Menk; city planner, Ben Wikstrom; fire chief, Shane Weber; weed inspector, Rick Weible; local city assessor, Mike Schachterle; police protection, City of Minnetrista Public Safety Dept.; official newspaper, The Waconia Patriot; and official depository, KleinBank. Smestad agreed to take over for Rudnicki as council representative on the Parks and Planning Commission.
The council received notice of rate increases from Mediacom, XCEL Energy, and a 2012 firefighter payroll report.
Weible pointed out that in 2012 the city spent a little more than $40,000 on staffing of the St. Boni Fire Department.
“That’s not even a full-time employee equivalent, and they do a wonderful job,” said Weible.
After approving the city’s financials, Weible reminded the public that the city’s bank statements are always included in the council packet for viewing by residents.
“We want to show we really do have money and we’re trying not to overspend,” he said.
In other business, the Council:
• Scheduled its annual Board of Review meeting for April 3 at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers. This is an opportunity for residents to discuss the valuation of their properties.
• Designated Saturday, May 4 as City-Wide Clean-Up Day in St. Boni from 8 a.m. to noon, and will use the parking lot at Shirley Logelin Park.
• Agreed to allow the St. Boni Library to use Council Chambers for its summer children’s programs held on Wednesdays from June 12 to July 31 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, contact (612) 543-6148.
• Took the next step to allow the issuance of temporary on-sale liquor licenses to non-profits for fundraisers. The council hopes to have everything ready to go in time for the Lions’ March fundraiser.
• Will send its sidewalk plans for along Co. Rd. 92 to the county in hopes they might agree to partner on funding. The county is currently considering sidewalk projects along county roads. The city also wants them to be aware of utility poles that will need to be moved that might impact the county’s work.
• Agreed to allow the St. Boniface Knights of Columbus to remove dead trees in Shirley Logelin Memorial Park for its firewood fundraiser. The trees are located on land the council had thought belonged to the Rail Authority, but is in fact city property. The council also discussed the removal of a large dirt hill in the southwest corner.
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