The Albertville City Council gave its nod to a Lions Club-initiated proposal to locate a restored caboose at the city’s Central Park.
The council also heard that the city’s recycling numbers continue to trend upward, and authorized hiring three new reserve firefighters.
The council conducted a joint workshop last month in which a concept for improving the Central Park (off Main Avenue in downtown) was discussed.
Planner Al Brixius said the park board and Lions Club is proposing a replica of the original Albertville depot building with a stage and possibly a caboose. The park board also favors a new park entry point on Main Avenue.
Leroy Berning of the Lions Club was present at the workshop and said the Lions are supportive of purchasing a caboose and building a depot building, and that it could be a 10-year project. He said the Lions are interested in bringing the depot history back to town, and that the building could be used for meeting or rest rooms or music performances during the Farmers Market.
Berning added that the Lions are not asking for money for the caboose or depot, and that they have shown support for both projects and could raise funds with other community organizations.
At the council meeting, the city council formally adopted a resolution approving a request by the Lions Club to place a donated caboose in Central Park.
In other matters, staff provided an update showing very positive results for the single-sort recycling program.
The city switched to single-sort in February 2011 and by April had seen a 67 percent increase in monthly tonnage. Furthermore, the city’s participation rate is between 83-90 percent, whereas the state average is 40-45 percent,
Staff also reported that the 2012 numbers are up, with 342 tons recycled in 2012 versus 285 in 2011.
In further news, the council approved hiring three volunteer/reserve firefighters.
These firefighters will be fully equipped, and will respond to emergencies in a training capacity on a regular basis or may respond in a full capacity when an emergency dictates. As reserves, they would not be paid for training or response, but when an opening on the department occurs, one of the reserves would be brought on as a full member.
Staff noted that, “the fire chief believes this to be an efficient and cost effective way to ensure that those new members who are brought on to the force as paid firefighters will be well-trained and have a known track record in working with the department.