3/26/2013 1:45:00 PM DC council
assigns mayor homework
By Larry Dobson
The Dodge Center City Council decided Monday night to support the Destination Medical Center proposal being discussed at the Minnesota Legislature. In response to a request from Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc., the council voted to have Mayor Bill Ketchum draft and sign a letter to state legislators supporting the proposal, citing the economic value of the Mayo Clinic to Minnesota and the importance of keeping Mayo expanding in Minnesota rather than elsewhere.
Council members then voted to have Ketchum draft and sign a letter to state legislators in support of a bill backed by Senator David Senjem changing the Local Government Aid (LGA) formula.
The council also voted to have the mayor sign a letter to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) in support of expanded intercity bus services to and from Mankato, Waseca, Owatonna, Dodge Center and Rochester. Land to Air Express, which has operated intercity bus service between Mankato and Minneapolis, including St. Peter, Gustavus Adolphus College, Belle Plaine and Jordan for more than 20 years, has applied for federal funds to provide the expanded service along US14 and requested the letter to be included in its application to MnDOT for the funds.
Council members approved a request to waive the Community Center rental fee from the Dodge Center Garden Club. The club asked for the fee to be waived for its rental of the room for the annual plant sale. The club maintains the plants around city hall and along Main Street during the summer at no cost to the city. The council voted to waive the fee.
City Administrator Lee Mattson presented the board with three resolutions which were then approved.
The first was Resolution 2013-007, which dealt with authorizing city staff to proceed with initial planning and design work for the Main Street project. It does not authorized the project or any construction, which will require additional public and council hearings, but it does authorize surveys and other preparatory work that will be necessary whenever the project is authorized.
The second was Resolution 2013-008, which addresses notification that the city intends to redeem the 2006A Bonds sold to raise money for the aquatic center.
The Third was Resolution 2013-009, which certified unpaid utilities for collection as a special assessment and subject to disconnection.
The council also approved a request to allow Triton Community Education use the aquatic center on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. for water Zumba classes, during the summer season.