May 25th, 2016

City of Glencoe - 5-2-16 Minutes

MAY 2, 2016
7:00 P.M.
Mayor Wilson called the regular meeting of the City Council to order with members Perschau, Ziemer, Dietz, Robeck and Schrupp present. Also present: City Administrator Mark Larson, City Attorney Jody Winters, Public Works Directors Drew and Schreifels and Police Chief Raiter.

Another disappointing end to session

State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen told The Chronicle Monday that the 2016 legislative session ended on a “sour note.”
That was one of his more mild statements in describing the failure of the state Legislature to pass transportation and bonding bills.
Minnesotans seem to be united in their opinion that improvements to roads and bridges need to be a top priority for the state Legislature. Legislators seem to agree, but fell apart when it came to how to fund those improvements, and whether light rail should be involved.

Council needs to talk about what’s important

To the Editor:
Usually, I would not be writing a letter to the editor, but I don’t get to talk about important issues at the council meetings, issues like people’s homes and property being damaged by water, and methods to to correct the problem.
Apparently, location of the recycling bins and drug drop-off boxes are more important. Those issues were not on the agenda, but they were brought forward and thoroughly discussed.

Memorial Day services planned in Glencoe, other area communities

Memorial Day services are planned in area communities Monday, May 30.
The Glencoe American Legion Post 95 will actually begin its Memorial Day observance with a special church service at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Sunday at 9 a.m.
On Monday, May 30, members of the Legion will gather at St. Pius X Cemetery at 9 a.m. for a short service.
The Legion and VFW Post 5102 will present a joint Memorial Day community service with a guest speaker Monday at 10 a.m. in the Glencoe-Silver Lake High School Auditorium.
Silver Lake

Trailblazer hires Sand Creek to help with workplace issues

A long, closed session held by the Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board Thursday resulted in a series of motions, including one to write a letter of reprimand to Executive Director Gary Ludwig, and another to hire Sand Creek to help implement workplace changes to improve the working environment.
No reason for the reprimand was given.
Most of the discussion of the open portion of the meeting focused on the report presented by Sand Creek’s Susan Herreid regarding an assessment of the transit system’s workplace environment.

Gruenhagen frustrated at session’s end

State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen vented his frustration Monday over the state Legislature’s failure to pass a transportation and bonding bill before the current session expired.
In particular, Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, feels that a transportation bill was derailed by Senate Democrats who tagged on funding for light rail just as the session was set to expire.
“It ended on a very sour note,” said Gruenhagen of the session.
Gruenhagen said that legislators in both chambers had worked hard to negotiate a transportation and bonding plan.

Common Cup makes city center new home

Common Cup Ministry will now call the Glencoe City Center home. The organization held an open house on May 17 to introduce visitors to its new location on the north side of the center.  
Previously Common Cup, an outreach organization of McLeod County churches, was housed in the basement of First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Director Bev Bonte said the new location in the city center reiterates that the organization is a community effort.

2 injured in motorcycle-vehicle crash

Two people were injured in a motorcycle-vehicle accident Saturday on Highway 7 near Lester Prairie.
The accident was reported at 5:15 p.m., and occurred at the Highway 7-Babcock Avenue intersection.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Mark E. Ghostley, 61, of Howard Lake, was driving a 1997 Honda motorcycle north on Babcock Avenue and James H. Hamilton, 64, of Champlin, was eastbound on Highway 7 in a 2013 Ford Escape when the vehicles collided at the intersection.

GSL honors employees, community members, retirees at staff breakfast

Glencoe-Silver Lake Schools honored community members and many of its own staff at an awards breakfast Monday morning.
Employee distinguished service awards were given to Carol Silus, an ICU paraprofessional at Lincoln Junior High and the high school, as well as the National Honor Society adviser; Shanda Landes, art teacher and art club adviser; Lisa Petersen, special education case facilitator; and Bill Butler, elementary principal and special education coordinator.

County now offers enhanced emergency warning system

McLeod County, through its existing CodeRED high-speed emergency notification system, will begin delivering messages through the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, known as IPAWS. The added capability provides McLeod County officials an effective way to alert and warn the public about potentially life-threatening emergencies through the Emergency Alert System (EAS), Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), NOAA Weather Radio, and even issue notifications to other local alerting authorities, all within the single CodeRED interface.