BOY SCOUT BLOG Boy Scout Leadership Luncheon March 20th
After traveling thousands of miles over my first 100 days as the new Scout Executive of the Northern Lights Council, I can testify that I have seen great excitement about Scouting across our territory... Posted on 3/14/13 at 6:01 PM
NEW PLATEAUS Unknown Ordinances: Why Fines Aren't Fine for Budget Use
Pop quiz: In the city of Minneapolis how far from a driveway should your bumper be when you park on the street? Four feet, two feet, five feet, one inch, ten feet?
I asked this question to ten resi... Posted on 5/16/12 at 10:33 AM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Group supports prayer day
A Minnesota group has filed paperwork supporting the National Day of Prayer after a judge ruled it unconstitutional.
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Newly elected members of the Alexandria City Council took their oath of office Wednesday at City Hall.
Mayor Sara Carlson is Alexandria’s second female mayor. Dorothy Kobs was the first, winning the position in 1987.
The search is on for who will be the new Ward 2 Alexandria City Council member.
Incumbent Sara Carlson will be leaving the post on January 2 to serve as Alexandria mayor as a result of her election win.
A silent bike ride, airport runway improvements, a new water well and taxi cab increases.
Those were just some of the topics that popped up at the Alexandria City Council’s three-hour-long meeting on April 23.
Every month, the Alexandria Fire Department invites police officers to a simple meal during their training.
They’re sharing more than food. They’re getting to know one another and they’re building partnerships.
Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels talked about how important that monthly contact is when he delivered his annual report at Monday’s Alexandria City Council meeting.
A discussion about a nuisance ordinance – and a council member’s decision to seek outside opinions about it – triggered a terse exchange among council members Monday night.
The changes were recommended by City Attorney Tom Jacobson and the city’s legislative committee.
At first glance, the numbers look bleak:
Sales at Alexandria’s two city-owned liquor stores fell from just over $5 million in 2010 to $4.6 million last year – a 9 percent drop.
But other factors brighten the outlook:
The city spent 10 percent less on beer, liquor and wine inventory than it did the previous year – $3.61 million compared to $4 million
Council seeks legislation to designate city as regional hub to get more aid. An idea to impose a local sales tax in Alexandria is scrapped for now.
At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council heeded the recommendation of its legislative committee to not pursue the tax.
A new fire engine could soon be rolling into Alexandria.
At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council voted to call for bids on a new pumper truck that's estimated to cost between $480,000 and $495,000.
Fire Chief Jeff Karrow made the request, noting that it would replace a 1986 Ford pumper truck, Unit 22, that has far outlived its 20-year life expectancy and is now “nickel and diming” the department with constant repair bills.
The department had to do some budget maneuvering to make sure it has enough money to pay for the truck if the bids come in under estimate.
Read Wednesday's Echo Press for more council news.
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