Mayer hoping for growth in 2013

Mayer’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) and Parks and Planning Commission are working towards growth and improvements in 2013. During the Jan. 28 regular meeting, the Mayer City Council received written goals from both organizations.

The first priority for the EDA is to bring in new business to the community.

“We can’t go call up a business and ask them to come here. We have to attract them,” said Mayor Mike Dodge.

The group hopes to do this through a number of efforts, including participation in commercial grant programs; promotion of Mayer as a great place to do business; partnerships with other government entities and private individuals to create opportunities; and collaboration with Carver County departments, and Dakota Regional Rail Authority on promotion of the trail and trail head.

Council Member Tice Stieve-McPadden, who also serves on the Parks and Planning Commission, presented the group’s goals.

In 2013, they plan to review the city’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan and make recommendations to the council. The commission would like to see the continued improvement of city parks and the Old Creamery Property; enhanced programs using city fields and facilities; and beautification of Mayer’s downtown.

In other business, the council:

• Accepted donations from the Mayer Baseball Club. The Fire Department received $2,000; the Old Schoolhouse Park Fund, $4,000; and Mayer Moxie 2 Health Initiative, $1,000.

• Appointed Chad Bloom to the Park and Recreation Commission for a two-year term.

• Met Jay Hodge, Mayer’s new town cop. Hodge has worked for Carver County for 13 years.

• Agreed to apply for a Twins Youth Clinic in conjunction with the Mayer Rising Community Festival scheduled for Saturday, July 13, 2013.

• Voted to discontinue the waiver of building permit fees on new home permits. The city has waived $14,073.56 in building permit fees for 2012. According to Council Member Erick Boder, who serves on Mayer’s EDA, they felt the savings helped builders and were probably not passed on to buyers.

• Will spend $725 to participate with Carver County in the purchase of an ad in the Minnesota Explore 2013-14 edition of Minnesota Biking magazine. The ad will promote the Dakota Trail and trail head.

• Decided to build a financial section to the city’s website. They hope to win a Sunshine Award, which recognizes organizations and individuals who promote transparency in government.