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Council to consider events, streets, strategic planning

Several community events, road projects and a proposal for strategic planning services — those are just three of the items on the Alexandria City Council's agenda for its May 22 meeting.

The planning proposal is from Craig Rapp, LLC, based in Chicago. Rapp is a nationally recognized speaker, facilitator and consultant. According to his website, he helps individuals and organizations "gain clarity on their purpose, focus on what matters, and achieve the results they desire."

Rapp was a chief executive in local government for more than 20 years and served as city manager in three cities and a senior executive at a regional council.

The hour-long agenda also includes issuing four special event permits: the Vikingland Band Festival on June 25, Zion Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School from June 12-16, The Amazing Alex Race on June 24 and Awake the Lakes Ribfest on June 24.

The council will also consider whether to issue a temporary off-premise community festival liquor license to Raapers Eatery and Ale for Ribfest.

The city engineer will talk about a plan to reconstruct the railroad crossings at Sixth and Eighth Avenues.

Other street-related items include whether to participate with LaGrand Township on a shared paving project; whether to authorize an engineering study to collect data for a plan to bring city streets in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; and whether to approve a master partnership agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The council will consider an amendment to a section of city code involving peddlers.

Other action may pop up under the planning commission recommendations, the city attorney's items of business or when the city administrator goes over his items.

The meeting begins in the council chambers at Alexandria City Hall at 7 p.m.

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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