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Value of property in city: $1.2 billion and climbing

Added up, all the property in the city of Alexandria is valued at $1.23 billion.

The figure was included as part of City Assessor Reed Heidelberger’s annual report that was approved by the city council Monday night.

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Fourteen new single family homes were built in 2012 and 291 residential remodeling permits were issued, which added more than $5.2 million to the value of all property in the city in 2013.

There was also $16.29 million worth of new commercial and industrial construction and 428 building permits issued by the city, which represents a 10 percent increase from the previous year.

The 2013 market value of all property in the city is estimated at $1.23 billion, a 1.2 percent increase from 2012’s value.

The city has a “good balance” of residential and commercial value, Heidelberger said, which account for 62 percent and 25 percent of the total value, respectively.

Not included in the totals are tax-exempt properties which accounted for just under $300 million in 2013, up 3 percent from 2012’s $289 million. This includes government buildings, schools, churches and property owned by charities.

The market value of all property in Douglas County is estimated at $4.96 billion in 2013.

In other action, the council:

• Approved an application allowing indoor fireworks and pyrotechnics at the Runestone Community Center for a Hairball concert on April 26.

• Issued an on-sale beer and wine license to the Alexandria Blue Anchors for its baseball season this summer at Knute Nelson Field.

• Approved a special event application for the 13th annual Chain of Lakes Triathlon that will take place at Discovery Middle School on May 3. About 250 competitors are expected to enter. The course is the same as in past years.

• Approved a special event permit for a Multiple Sclerosis Walk in Alexandria from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning at Voyager Elementary School. About 230 people are expected to attend.

• Called for bids for the waterline project in the phase four, part two orderly annexation agreement with Alexandria Township. The project is estimated to cost $2.29 million. It will not include the Geneva Road area east of Birch Avenue, which will be completed next year as part of the federally funded Geneva Road bike lane and reconstruction project.

• Called for bids for local street overlay projects this summer. The bids will be opened May 6. If approved, the work will be covered by state-aid maintenance funds.

• Scheduled a public hearing to talk about a sanitary sewer project on Kenwood Drive. It will cost about $155,000. The city plans to bid the project with the waterline extension project. The hearing is set for April 28 at City Hall at 7:15 p.m.

• Called for bids for a paving and drainage project on Boys Avenue. The bids will be opened on May 6. The city called for bids on this project last fall but they came in 30 percent over the estimate and were rejected. The project will be bid along with the waterline extension project. A public hearing will take place about the proposed assessments.

• Approved an amendment to the ordinance that established a personnel committee. Language was added to say it will make recommendations to the council and city administrator. It includes four members – the mayor, a city council member, personnel director and city administrator.

• Approved an ordinance to rezone certain areas along the west side of County Road 46/McKay Avenue from single residential to residential business. It includes the Rosewood Hills development.

• Established an ad hoc committee that will study the city’s annexation agreements with LaGrand and Alexandria townships. It will look into possible amendments, and may also recommend to terminate or cancel the agreements. Members include council members Roger Thalman and Dave Benson, along with city staff members. The committee will be terminated at the end of the year.

• Established an ad hoc committee on airport ground leases. The following members were appointed: Benson, City Planner Mike Weber, Airport Manager Todd Roth, a member of the Airport Commission, and one at-large member, Ken Ryan. It will review existing agreements and recommend how to address expiring leases, lease changes and other lease issues. The committee will be terminated at the end of the year.

• Appointed Mike Klimek to serve on the Building Board of Appeals.

• Was informed that the city hall summer hours, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will begin on May 1 and end August 31.

• Was informed that the residential component of a plan to redevelop the Old Broadway restaurant building has been eliminated from consideration.

• Amended the city’s lease agreement with the Listening Ear Crisis Center for a safe exchange/parent visitation program known as PLUS Kids at 818 Elm Street. Listening Ear no longer exists and West Central Minnesota Communities Action has assumed responsibility for the safe exchange program. The new lease clarifies this.

• Approved the following licenses: heating – Kruize Plumbing and Heating; set-up liquor license – Grand Arbor; sign hanger – Affordable Sign Service; and charitable gambling – bingo at the Alexandria Senior Center on May 22.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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