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home : government : cities/towns April 29, 2016

4/29/2014 12:22:00 PM
Dodge Center City Council Arts event gets thumbs up

By Larry Dobson

Dodge Center's city council moved the Main Street Project another step forward Monday night with passage of a resolution adopting special assessments to pay for the project, following a public hearing. Assessments are payable over a period of 15 years beginning in January, 2016. Assessments will be subject to 4.25% interest. Property owners may pay before November 15, 2015 and avoid any interest expense on the assessment.

The council also approved a request from the Dodge Center Chamber of Commerce to use North Park for an arts event on Saturday, June 14.

Chamber President Beth Hanggi said the speaker at the Chamber of Commerce annual dinner pointed out the absence of art as a community asset and got members thinking about how to remedy this deficit. The solution members came up with is "June Bloom-Arts in the Park." Hanggi said the event will complement the Miss Dodge Center Pageant with a day of fun family activities along with art exhibits and music. Artists and craft persons of all kinds are being invited to participate. Mayor Bill Ketchum commented that it sounded like a glorious idea.

Fire Chief Dave Kenworthy noted that the fire department's annual cook out is Friday night, June 13. Mayor Ketchum noted June 14 is also Flag Day. That is also the weekend of the annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Fly-In Breakfast.

The council passed a resolution certifying four delinquent utility accounts to the county auditor for collection.

The council also approved a request from the EAA for its annual fly-in breakfast on June 14.

The council also discussed but took no action on:

• a request from Jeff Franzen for city utility service to be extended to property he owns north of the National Fleet Graphics building in SE Dodge Center. No action was taken but the city staff will continue to explore with Franzen how best to accomplish his request;

• a pending pubic information meeting May 1 at 6 p.m. to discuss the 2014 Reclaim Project, which will reclaim street material for pothole repair;

• work the staff is doing on an animal regulation ordinance which may have some conflicts with state and/or federal laws.

• a solar farm proposal from Milo Solar;

• the Dodge Center Housing Study, which was presented to the council a week ago.

City Administrator Lee Mattson reported that he will be meeting Wednesday, April 30 with an assisted living developer.




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