Opat updates Osseo about Bottineau LRT line

The Osseo City Council heard from guest Hennepin County Commissioner District 1 Mike Opat during its Monday, Oct. 8 meeting.

The council also heard about plans for another spring InterMarque Foreign Car Show within the city next year.

This and other action took place during the meeting.



Commissioner Opat stopped by the City Council meeting to say hello and update the council on Hennepin County Board projects.

He said the Board would be having a briefing on the 911 service to the cities. Any calls to 911 from Osseo are picked up the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Golden Valley currently.

“We’ve outgrown the facility in Golden Valley and there is a new one that is being planned and will be constructed in Plymouth on the work house property,” Opat said. “That is not going to change the functionality of 911. Some cities may choose to opt into that system after that building is built.”

He added there has been discussion about the cost of the building and fees. “None of that has been decided upon,” Opat said. “I’m not going to support any new fee. The city is already in the system that the Sheriff has now and I think it’s just one of the those costs that is best spread broadly over all the cities.”

Opat also spoke about progress of Bottineau LRT line, which the favorable line would extend from Target Field through Minneapolis, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and into Brooklyn Park to the Target Northern Campus. He stated Osseo should start thinking about how to get people from Osseo to the stops on this future line.

The final topic Opat addressed the council about was the Youth Sports Grant that Osseo Boosters and members of the City Council supported applying for. If awarded the grant, the money would be used to get new lights for Memorial Field for night baseball games. The money could also be used for new scoreboards at Memorial Field, as well as the football field, lights for the girl’s softball field and a scoreboard for the girl’s as well.

“It’s a strong grant,” Opat said. “There, of course, are more grants than there is money, but I want you to know it’s a strong grant and it will get every consideration.”



The council also heard from John Engstrom, with InterMarque (vintage foreign motorcars of the upper Midwest club), regarding the possibility of hosting another Car Show in Osseo next spring.

“I know all the members of the InterMarque … were extremely pleased with how the car show turned out,” Engstrom said of last May’s car show. “Everyone that participated in the car show was very happy about all the help they got from Osseo and the setting especially.”

He added club members were asking if the 2013 spring car show would be held in Osseo again.

Engstrom suggested Saturday, May 11, 2013, for the next InterMarque Car Show.

The only change the group is planning to make is how the cars get into the show for parking. Engstrom said better maps with better directions would direct the cars into the area with more ease.

He added it would be nice to have liaison or contact person from Osseo for next year’s show. Councilor Mark Schulz said he would be happy to sit down and talk with Engstrom regarding next year’s car show.

Councilor Rick Weber said, “It was marvelous turn out [last year] and a beautiful day, and I really appreciate you coming to Osseo to do that.”



In other action, the council:

APPROVED hiring Curtis Roberts as a part-time police officer.

SET a Council work session for Monday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. The council will discuss the 2013 budget and the Financial Management Plan.

MENTIONED the Toys for Tots campaign within the city will begin Monday, Nov. 19 and run through Tuesday, Dec. 18. Osseo Police Officer Anthony Mortinson is heading up the campaign.

COMPLETED the water tower inspection last week. The written report is not completed yet. The inspector’s oral report indicated there were some serious defects with the structure.