St. Michael hears soccer numbers continue to increase
The St. Michael City Council accepted a check from the St. Michael-Albertville Soccer Club and heard that the group continues to expand participation.
The council also heard an ice arena update, and an update regarding the Wright County five-year transportation plan.
Tom Dawson of the STMA Soccer Club was present with an update about the program.
He reported that there were a total of 1,673 students who participated in the soccer programs this year, which is a record high for the club. He said the St. Michael fields are home to the recreation soccer program, and he complimented the public works crew for its work maintaining the fields.
Also, Dawson mentioned the club recently hosted a regional soccer tournament that was well attended and provided good support of area businesses.
Lastly, Dawson presented a donation of $1,200 and another check for partial payment of a field striper machine in the amount of $4,000.
In other matters, councilor Kevin Kasel updated the council regarding the recent Ice Arena Board meeting, of which Kasel is a member.
He said youth hockey is still trying to move forward with a second sheet of ice, and proposed conducting a new feasibility study. He said the hockey board agreed to split the costs for a feasibility study.
Kasel also said the board discussed allowing youth hockey to manage the arena advertising, and discussed perceived lack of trust between the youth hockey and arena board.
Lastly, Kasel noted that a joint meeting might be scheduled to discuss options for an arena expansion.
In further news, city administrator Steve Bot said he and councilors Nadine Schoen and Chris Schumm attended a Wright County five-year transportation plan hearing.
Bot said the main message from St. Michael is for Wright County to be a leader on some of the major transportation projects in the area. He also said the county funding policy for road improvements is 20 years old and should be updated to provide more fair and consistent funding.
Also, all four potential county board candidates for St. Michael were in attendance at the county meeting, which Bot said was encouraging.
In other news, the council:
HEARD that staff plans to draft an ordinance to eliminate A-2 zoning districts, and combine it with A-1. The only difference is A-1 properties can have a driveway traverse the house, whereas A-2 properties cannot.
REVIEWED a draft letter for Becker Big Woods properties urging them to remove invasive buckthorn before it spreads to the Big Woods.