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Archive - Mar 2015


March 25th

City of Glencoe to develop plans, specs for parallel airport runway; vote is 4-1

On a 4-1 vote, the Glencoe City Council approved plans and specifications for the construction of an airport parallel taxiway at Vernon Perschau Memorial Airport. Council Member Allen Robeck voted no.
There is a hitch to the plans, however. The city needs to acquire four small parcels of property from four different landowners, including a key half-acre of land owned by Robert Boltmann. None of the landowners, however, have responded to the city’s requests.

City, township officials to meet to discuss county trail committee

The next step to establish a McLeod County trails advisory committee will be at a meeting of people representing all the cities and townships in the county set for Tuesday, April 7, at 1 p.m., at the county courthouse in Glencoe.
The meeting was requested by County Parks Director Al Koglin at the March 17 Board of Commissioners meeting in order to determine the structure of the committee, which will work with the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission to establish a county trails plan.

Lindeman honored for 54 years of township service

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners opened the March 17 meeting with recognition of Lester Lindeman, who will be retiring from the Penn Township Board of Supervisors after 54 years of service.
Paul Wright, county board chair who presented the certificate of appreciation, said Lindeman was first elected to the board in March 1961, most of the time serving as board chair.
Wright added how it is pretty unique to have half a century of public service. Lindeman said it did not seem that long.

Transportation commissioner visits Glencoe

It isn’t often a state commissioner drops by Glencoe, but one did Tuesday, March 17, for an impromptu visit to gather local input about the state’s transportation needs. The state Legislature is currently looking at increased funding for transportation, but the issue is how much and where will it be spent.

Financing in place for Trailblazer facility in Buffalo, Wright County

After a series of fits and starts, financing seems to be secured for the new Trailblazer Transit facility in Buffalo.
The Trailblazer Joint Powers Board heard Thursday morning that the city of Buffalo will now assume the responsibility of issuing bonds to build the facility, which it will rent to Trailblazer with a lease-to-own contract.
Trailblazer Executive Director Gary Ludwig said the original plan was to have the Buffalo Housing Authority (BHA) borrow the money for the building and then lease it to Trailblazer, using rent income to pay back the loan.

Trailblazer struggling to find drivers

Trailblazer Transit is struggling to find drivers for its expanded service, its joint powers board heard Thursday morning.
Executive Director Gary Ludwig said the system has a total of about 10 part-time and full-time slots to fill.
“There are concerns about salary,” said Ludwig. “We were concerned about that coming into this (expanding into Wright County).”
Ludwig said Trailblazer bus drivers start at about $16 an hour.

County to check into shop problems

In order to get “peace of mind” the McLeod County Board of Commissioners voted to hire Braun Intertec to perform an onsite building evaluation of the highway shop near Silver Lake at a cost of about $7,788, but not to exceed $10,000.
The decision was made at the meeting on March 17 after Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst gave an update on the SLATS highway shop (Silver Lake/Lester Prairie Transportation Services) that started operation in June 2014.

On to state competition

54 years of public service

Zelle visits Glencoe