New Alexandria police officer hired
This will bring the Alexandria Police Department back to its pre-COVID staff numbers.
ALEXANDRIA — A new police officer, Corey Luckow, was introduced to the Alexandria City Council Monday night, June 27.
Luckow, who grew up near Dallas, Texas worked for police departments in Fargo and Morris. He and his wife, Karysa, have a son, Rhett, and a daughter, Rinley.
Several other family members and friends joined in the applause after Luckow took his oath of office. He will begin his field training on Tuesday, June 28.
The council authorized the hiring in May and it will bring the police department back to its pre-COVID staff numbers.
The newly formed Alexandria Police Commission has overseen the police officer application, interview and hiring process. Officers also conducted an extensive background check.
Following are items from the June 27 meeting not included in other council coverage.
Highway committee items
Expect to see some pedestrian demonstration projects on Third Avenue this summer.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is proceeding with a corridor study of Third Avenue between Broadway and Nokomis. It hired a consultant to study the corridor and to come up with recommendations for improvements and ways to make the corridor safer for pedestrians.
City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven said it may be possible to test some of these recommendations with temporary pilot/demonstration projects. MnDOT’s initial recommendations will be presented to the city in a draft form.
No date has been set yet.
Other items from the June 16 highway committee meeting:
- A handicap parking sign on Douglas Street by the Douglas County Administration Building will be removed. The sign is no longer needed because all handicapped parking stalls are now located in the parking lot west of the building.
- A resident, John Herrly, was concerned about traffic at 9th Avenue and Elm Street. He said he’s seen an overall increase in traffic, excessive speed and more semi-trucks using 9th Avenue to get to the Douglas County Administration Building. The council directed staff to set up a speed trailer to record traffic counts and speed in the area. The police department will also increase patrols in that area.
- The city was contacted by Chris Wagner of Heritage Transport about MnDOT using the streets in front of its building as a testing site for truck drivers. The testing days have increased from two days per week to five days per week. At the same time, the industrial park continues to fill up with new developments. The testing is causing a problem with the regular industrial park traffic. The directed staff to contact the state Department of Motor Vehicles to consider revising its truck driver testing location so it won’t cause an issue with the businesses in the Heritage Industrial Park.
New IT employee hired
The council voted to hire Maureen Miller as the city's first-ever information technology support specialist.
Miller was recommended by the personnel committee.
The council established the new position this past April.
Liquor ordinance amended for breweries
Small breweries such as Copper Trail Brewing Company will now be able to sell up to 128-ounces of off-sale beer per customer, per day in Alexandria.
The council gave final approval to amend the city’s off-sale malt liquor licensing to allow small breweries to sell their products in containers other than 64-ounce “growlers.” It also approved Copper Trail’s application for a small brewer off-sale license.
This will align Alexandria with a new state law known as the “Free the Growler” bill that allows smaller breweries to sell four and six-packs of beer. The law gives smaller breweries in Minnesota more options for selling their products to those who want to take them to-go.
Although there are some limitations, it allows the smaller breweries to sell to-go products like standard-size bottles of liquor and four and six packs of 12-ounce or 16-ounce cans of beer and hard seltzers.
In other liquor licensing action, the council issued a temporary one-day liquor license to the Church of St. Mary’s for its annual block party event that will be held at the Runestone Community Center on Sept. 11.
Faith Rose 5K is a go
The council issued a special event permit for the Faith Rose 5K that will take place Saturday, Oct. 1.
The event, which raises awareness for pregnancy and infant loss, will begin and end at City Park, using the Central Lakes Trail. Between 200 and 300 participants are expected for the 5K, or 3.1 mile, event.