Alexandria's borders expandThe city of Alexandria is now a little bigger. The Alexandria City Council recently approved a “Phase III” orderly annexation agreement with Alexandria Township.
By: Al Edenloff, Alexandria Echo Press
The city of Alexandria is now a little bigger.
The Alexandria City Council recently approved a “Phase III” orderly annexation agreement with Alexandria Township.
The area includes properties north of Voyager Elementary School and between lakes Darling, Carlos and L’Homme Dieu. They officially became part of the city limits on January 1, 2009.
The city plans to hold a meeting with residents in that area soon.
The annexation agreement, reached five years ago, is gradually phasing in property located on the outskirts of the city. The goal is to bring large groupings of property into the city limits in a planned, orderly way instead of adding small tracts of land individually.
The township also benefits because the tax loss from the annexed properties isn’t immediate. The taxes are transferred to the city gradually over a six-year period.
The final area to be annexed will be the residential areas south and west of Lake L’Homme Dieu.
In other action from the December 22 meeting, the council:
•Agreed to enter into a transportation study with Douglas County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The city will provide up to $10,000 for the study.
Council member Cindy Bigger said she hopes the study will examine the possibility of adding a third exit off Interstate 94 into Alexandria.
•Approved a final plat for Graceful Acres. This will allow owner Cal Martinson to convey additional property to Grace Baptist Church.
•Agreed to add stop signs on 11th Avenue at Douglas and Elm streets. Public Works Coordinator Bryan Bjorgaard said there is a safety issue with traffic crossing east-west through the intersection.
The city recently added stop signs on 11th Avenue west of Douglas Street.
•Agreed to turn back the ownership and maintenance of Geneva Road between Birch Avenue and County Road 73 from Douglas County to the city.
This will allow the city to use that segment’s mileage to increase its annual aid allotment from the state to build a bike path a couple of years from now. It also helps the county because it will be able to designate this same mileage elsewhere in its system.
The action won’t be finalized until 2011.
•Agreed to establish three-hour parking limits on the entire parking lot by Fillmore Street, except for the last four stalls in each row next to Fillmore Street. Parking there will be unrestricted.
•Approved a right-of-way plat for Dakota Street.
The city is in the process of obtaining land and easements to reconstruct and widen the road, using federal funding next spring. The plat will help with the negotiations, noted City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven.
Dakota Street is a busy section of road off Highway 29 South that leads to Target, the industrial park and Highway 27 West.
•Accepted a feasibility report to extend eight-inch sanitary sewer lines on South Broadway from 34th Avenue to 1,200 feet south.
The project, estimated to cost just under $92,000, would serve the proposed residential complex mentioned in a related story in today’s paper, Lakewood Terrace.
A public hearing about the assessments is scheduled for January 26 at 7:15 p.m. at City Hall.
•Agreed to match a $1,500 grant from the Department of Natural Resources to buy hoses and equipment for the Alexandria Fire Department.
•Continued to make headway in making appointments to city boards and commissions.
(A list will be published when all the appointments are made.)
•Transferred funds from several accounts to complete end-of-the-year financial transactions.
Staff was authorized to transfer funds from the general fund into the capital improvement fund to leave a general fund balance of at least 25 percent and no more than 35 percent of the city’s 2008 revenues for beginning operational funds for the 2009 fiscal year.
The other amounts transferred totaled just under $19,000.
•Was informed that the city received an insurance dividend check of $29,961 from the League of Minnesota Cities.
The money will be used to offset the city’s insurance costs, according to City Administrator Jim Taddei.
•Issued the following licenses: on-sale beer – Hastings Development Corporation, doing business as Godfather’s Pizza, and Alexandria Baseball doing business as The Beetles; excavating – Seph Construction; heating – Finken Inc., Countryside Heating and Air Conditioning, Voss Plumbing and Heating, Custom Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning, and Eagle Plumbing and Heating; massage therapist – Sarah Roers located at Salon Alexis, Racquetball Plus and Cornerstone Chiropractic; charitable gambling – Parent Advisory Committee to conduct bingo on February 6, 2009 at Washington Elementary School, Vikingland Builders Association to sell raffles for a February 22, 2009 event at Viking Plaza, and Alexandria Area Youth Bowling to sell raffles for an April 1, 2009 event at Garden Center Lanes.