Ice feasibility study expected in April

Albertville council updated

The Albertville City Council heard that a feasibility study for a second sheet of ice at the STMA Ice Arena is anticipated in April.

The council also was updated about the I-94 Coalition, and appointed a vacant planning commission seat.



In his city administrator’s report, Adam Nafstad said the primary Ice Arena Board (with representation from Albertville, St. Michael and the school district) topics remain fixing a leaky roof, 2013/14 ice rates, a proposal to hire an arena assistant manager, and the second sheet of ice feasibility.

Nafstad said the revised Ballard King (consultants) report has been distributed to the arena board members and the youth hockey association president. The arena board intends on discussing the report at its April meeting, then reporting to the city councils and school board, and discussing the matter again at a joint city councils/school board meeting April 29.



In other matters, administrator Nafstad updated the board about the I-94 Coalition of cities working to expand the freeway to six lanes between Rogers and Monticello.

He said the coalition has gained a lot of momentum with recent interest from federal and state legislators. He said a delegation of coalition members visited the new Department of Transportation commissioner and staff in Baxter regarding the need for interstate expansion improvements.

Nafstad noted that coalition members also recently testified at a House Transportation Committee meeting regarding a bill Rep. David Fitzsimmons (R-Albertville) recently introduced to require inclusion of additional freeway lens from Rogers to St. Michael in the next five-year state transportation improvement plan.

Also, Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake) introduced a bill to construct additional lanes from Rogers to Monticello. And U.S. Rep. Michele Bachman hosted a press conference Monday, March 18, to endorse the need for I-94 improvements and its ranking authority.

Lastly, Nafstad said the coalition is planning to hire Carl Kuhl, of the Connoly Kuhl Group, for the next few months to aggressively manage the coalition and coordinate outreach and lobbying activities.



In further news, the council appointed Jeffrey O’Brien to fill a vacant planning and zoning commission seat.

The seat became available when Rob Olson vacated the seat after being appointed to serve two remaining years on Mayor Jillian Hendrickson’s previous council seat. The seat became available when Hendrickson won a term as mayor. O’Brien’s term last through the end of 2014.

O’Brien is a business and real estate lawyer. He and his wife have lived in the Towne Lakes neighborhood since 2006.

In other action, the council:

HEARD that staff is working on a code enforcement policy for council consideration.

HEARD that plan development and construction schedules are currently being developed for the 2013 street projects.