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Archive - Mar 2018


March 21st

Cindy Schultz Ford is new county administrator

McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer Cindy Schultz Ford will be the county’s new administrator as of April 3.
The County Board, at its Tuesday meeting, approved an employment agreement with Schultz Ford, setting her salary at $104,312 from April 3 through Dec. 31. That will increase in 2019 to annual salary of $107,441.36. The agreement runs through April 3, 2019.
Schultz Ford replaces former County Administrator Pat Melvin, who resigned last year to become the city administrator in Arlington.

Another trip to state tournament

One of Glencoe-Silver Lake’s Knowledge Bowl competitors captured the regional title Friday, the ninth time GSL has earned the honor since it started competing in 2007. That team will advance to the state meet.

City Council passes new wastewater rates, application for grant

By Rich Glennie
The Glencoe City Council on Monday night passed two resolutions involving its wastewater treatment plant. The first set new wastewater rates, beginning April 1. The second authorized an application for a $7 million Public Facilities Authority (PFA) grant.

Proposed apartments closer to reality

By Rich Glennie
With a flurry of motions, the Glencoe City Council gave the go-ahead for a new apartment complex on the east end of Glencoe. The issue was scheduled to be approved March 5, but that City Council meeting was cancelled due to a snowstorm.

City to update hotel market study

By Rich Glennie
At the request of HMI, Inc., the Glencoe City Council Monday night approved funding a hotel market study update at a cost of $5,150. The Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce will contribute $1,000 toward the study, and HMI would do the study update for the developer, Apollo Development.
Assistant City Administrator Dan Erhke said the last comprehensive hotel market study was done in 2013.

Robotics meet builds technical, cooperative skills

The Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) Robotics Team recently participated in the 2018 Northern Lights Regional in Duluth, where it placed in the bottom half of around 60 schools. Now it’s practicing for its next competition set for Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota on March 29, 30 and 31.

Trailblazer to sunset volunteer driver program at end of 2018

Trailblazer Transit will sunset its volunteer driver program at the end of 2018, the Joint Powers Board decided Thursday morning.
The board took into consideration both the dwindling number of volunteers and liability concerns in making its decision.

Trailblazer Board hammers out parameters for review of director

The Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board hammered away for nearly an hour Thursday morning on how it should handle the job performance evaluation for Executive Director Gary Ludwig.
Frank Madden of Madden & Associates, Trailblazer’s legal counsel, had suggested postponing the evaluation until fall after hearing concerns about the evaluation form from Ludwig.
That drew fire from McLeod County Commissioner Doug Krueger, who said that the board has been delaying the review as it worked through issues with its partnership with Wright County Area Transit (WCAT).

Public hearing set April 16 for Hennepin Avenue project

A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, April 16, at 7:15 p.m., concerning the planned Hennepin Avenue Americans with Disabilities (ADA) improvement project. The $455,210 project in downtown Glencoe calls for the construction of such items as a water main, water services, sanitary sewer services, a storm sewer, curb and gutter, and replacement of deteriorating sidewalks on the east side of Hennepin Avenue from 11th Street north to 13th Street.

Sibley County GOP convention set

The Sibley County Republican Party will have its 2018 convention on Saturday, March 24, at 9 a.m., in the Sibley East Elementary School, 625 Harvey Drive, Room 203, in Gaylord.
The delegates and alternates who were elected at the recently held caucuses in February will gather to adopt resolutions to amend the Republican Party platform and to elect delegates and alternates to represent them at the upcoming 7th District Republican Convention and the State Republican Convention.