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Party in the Street to party on

Get ready for another Party in the Street.

At its Monday meeting, the Alexandria City Council issued a special event permit for the party, which will take place on Broadway between Fourth and Seventh Avenue from 4 to 11 p.m. on July 20.

Raapers Eatery and Ale, along with the Downtown Merchants Association, are hosting the party. It will include a beer garden, bean bag tournament, music, vintage cars and tractors, and a family zone featuring a variety of children activities such as a bouncy house and turtle races.

A new addition to the festivities: Apol's Harley-Davidson is participating and is planning to hold a bike rally.

About 3,000 people are expected to attend the Party in the Street.

The party was first held four years ago to celebrate the completion of the Broadway reconstruction project. The celebration was such a success that it became an annual event.

Following are other items from Monday's meeting not covered in other council stories.

MnDOT agreements

The council approved an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to add a pedestrian crossing at Highway 29 South and Dakota Street.

MnDOT is providing all the funding for the project.

The council also approved an agreement with MnDOT about the new restrooms the city is building at Big Ole Central Park on state-owned land. The state will issue a permit allowing the restrooms and will either lease the land to the city or convey the property to the city.

The city would prefer to own the land outright, said City Administrator Marty Schultz.

To help the process along, the city agreed to MnDOT's request to conduct a survey on the railroad corridor in the park area within 30 days.

Harvest market

The council issued a special event permit to Sylvia Luetmer, representing Local Harvest Market, for a Local Harvest Market "Meet-n-Eat" at Big Ole Central Park on Aug. 9 from 3 to 7 p.m.

The event, held in collaboration with the local Farmer's Market, will include a locally sourced meal, lawn games, information booths, picnic tables and a large tented area.

Blandin leadership program

Council member Todd Jensen recently completed the Blandin Community Leadership Program's retreat in Grand Rapids and he introduced other members from the community who participated in the program.

Revolving Loan Fund change

The council approved a request from Bremer Ban for the city to subordinate its existing Revolving Loan Fund loan with ALJ Management for its property at 606 Broadway, which includes The Sugar Shack and upper level apartments.

This will result in a new note of $130,000, which is larger than the existing $110,000 note. The property has accrued some equity, which will allow the owner to acquire additional property in downtown Alexandria, noted CIty Planner Mike Weber.

The original RLF loan was for $39,974. The present balance on the loan is $30,891.

Revision to city liquor policy

The council approved a revision to the city's policy regarding the sale and consumption of on-sale liquor at the Runestone Community Center and Knute Nelson Memorial Park.

It clarified that an on-sale liquor license holder with a valid state-issued caterer's permit may be allowed to serve alcohol at certain events at those two city locations.

Snow removal agreement

For many years, the city has had an informal agreement with the Douglas County Agricultural Association to store snow from the city's snow removal operations on the association's land southwest of the Viking Speedway.

On Monday night, the council approved a formal, written agreement. The association agreed to allow the city to use the property each year between Oct. 15 and May 1. The city agreed to pick up rocks left from the snow removal by June 1 and cut weeds as necessary.

The city agreed not to increase the stormwater utility fee for the property above the rate that is currently charged.

The agreement remains in effect until either party decides to terminate it. Notice of termination must be given at least 90 days prior to Oct. 15 each year.

Street vacated

The council gave final approval to vacate an unbuilt street and utility and drainage easements in Woodland Heights. The council approved the request on a 3-0 vote at its last meeting, but this particular action requires the approval of at least four of the five council members.

Licenses approved

The council issued the following licenses: fireworks (inside sales) — Cub Foods, Target; food truck vendor — Green Canteen, Scoop and Grind; transient merchant — Kenneth Kruchten of Clear Point Construction and Robert Lorenz of Papa's Kettle Corn.

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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