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Alexandria gets extra bump for streets

The Alexandria City Council was informed at its Monday meeting about new municipal state aid for street projects over the next four years.

The city receives the money from the Highway Users Transportation Distribution Fund. This year, it received just over $1 million. That total is expected to increase by the following amounts: 2018 — $41,280, 2019 — $44,517, 2020 — $102,050, 2021 — $103,130.

The city was told the 2018 and 2019 amounts are "pretty solid" while the other amounts are subject to change by the Legislature.

Following are a couple of other items from Monday's meeting not included in other council stories.

Old RCC system to be sold

The old compressor system and refrigerant that was used at the Runestone Community Center will be sold to Rink-Tec International in Little Canada for $1,000.

At one time, leaders with NorthStar Christian Academy in Alexandria were interested in buying the system for a hockey rink and proposed paying $3,825 but they opted out of the deal.

Rink-Tec installed the original system so it is familiar with how it works, said City Administrator Marty Schultz. It plans to refurbish the system and sell portions of it to other interested parties.

Rink-Tec agreed to assume all the expense of removing the system from the facility. The city will take care of repairing the wall.

The old "R-22" system uses freon, which won't be produced in the U.S. after 2020. The RCC now uses an ammonia-based cooling system to make ice.

City staff wasn't expecting a large bid for the old system. They were more concerned about the expense of removing the system from the building, estimated at about $20,000.

Ice cream license

The council issued a transient merchant's license to Scoop and Grind, which operates an ice cream truck. It's owned by Laura Piehl of Evansville.

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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