At its Monday night meeting, the Alexandria City Council approved the final assessments for property owners who benefitted from a major street improvement project on Deerwood Drive.
The cost of the project, including street and trail, was $347,616. A total of $62,196 will be assessed to the property owners of eight parcels. The trail isn’t part of the assessments.
The project has bounced up and down for about two years before work began this summer to pave the 1,830-foot gravel road – one of the last gravel roads in the city. It’s now 22-feet wide with an 8-foot wide tar trail for pedestrians on the west side of the street.
It’s located between Highway 29 North and Scenic Heights Road.
Following are other items from Monday’s meeting not covered in other council stories.
West Central Initiative request
The West Central Initiative requested the city to support its activities with an $8,000 contribution.
The amount, which the city has provided for several years, was included in the city’s 2021 preliminary budget.
WCI serves a nine-county area, including Douglas. This past year, it provided 39 small business grants in Alexandria totaling $390,000 and 52 child care grants amounting to $57,000.
Over the past three years, WCI has provided $979,000 worth of grants to Alexandria.
Harvest Parade gets permit
The council issued a special event permit to Helping Hands of Alexandria for a Harvest Parade on Saturday, Oct. 31 starting at 3 p.m.
About 100 people are expected to attend the event. It will start at 15th Avenue and Douglas Street, proceed north to 10th Avenue, turn right onto 10th, turn right on Elm Street and then back to 15th Avenue and Elm Street.
Helping Hands will hand out candy during the route. No streets will be closed.
Airport T-hangar funding
The council approved two agreements with the Minnesota Department of Transportation that will help pay for a new T-hangar at the Alexandria Airport.
MnDOT will provide a foundation grant of just under $300,000, which will cover 70 percent of the cost.
MnDOT will also prove a zero-interest loan of $673,745 to the city to pay for the hangar project.
Election results not official until Nov. 13
The city’s board of canvass meeting to certify the official election results was set for Friday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m.
The meeting is taking place later this year because the state has extended the time for absentee ballots to be counted – up to seven days after the election, as long as they are postmarked on Election Day.
Gambling permit issued
The Alexandria chapter of American Bikers for Awareness, Training and Education, ABATE, received a one-day charitable gambling permit for an event at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria on Saturday, April 17.
ABATE members will be selling raffle tickets.
Changes proposed for city codes
The council gave preliminary approval to make changes in the city code for transient merchants, massage therapy, loading zones, and reserved parking.
The amendments, which were recommended by the city’s legislative committee, are minor, according to City Administrator Marty Schultz. They eliminate language that is no longer followed and remove inconsistencies, he said.
An amendment for transient merchants, for example, removes the requirement of a surety bond and sworn statements that haven’t been used for years.
Also, never-used requirements for massage therapy licenses – photographs and fingerprints – were eliminated.
The fees for loading zones and reserved parking are being changed to match the city’s fee schedule.
Bench to be placed near Lake Henry
People will be able to sit on a bench along the Lake Henry shoreline in Alexandria City Park – thanks to a donation from the children of Fran and Dorothy Jennissen.
The council accepted a donation of $981 from the Jennissen family for the bench in memory of their parents.