Osseo raises concern about lack of directional signs at Hwy. 169

The Osseo City Council Monday, April 8, heard concern regarding directional signs and the closure of County Road 30.

The council also went into closed session for pending litigation against the city. An update was also received by the council about the 2013 Osseo Farmers Market.

And the council considered closing public streets for the 2013 InterMarque Spring Kick-Off Vintage Car Show, which will take place in May.



During the matters from the floor portion of the council meeting, business owner Martin Duffy brought to the council’s attention the fact that there are no directional signs leading motorists to Osseo now that County Road 30/93rd Avenue is closed at Highway 169.

“They were so important before [County Road] 30 closed down,” Duffy said. “They are not up there.”

There were signs mentioned back in 2011 as part of the Hwy. 169 and County Road 30 interchange project that would direct people to Osseo. There were signs missing as part of the Devil’s Triangle project. Signs would be placed on Hwy. 169 coming from both the north and south near the Devil’s Triangle project area, directing drivers to find Osseo.

“Please, somebody should look into having a sign that says ‘Osseo next exit’,” Duffy added about the Bottineau Blvd. exit on southbound Hwy. 169. “I think this is something the council should look into.”

Councilor Rick Weber wondered what the council could do about the signs.

Mayor Duane Poppe said, “[Maybe] we can get MnDOT to come and give an update on the project and sign package that was supposed to go in.”



The council went into a closed session during the meeting to discuss pending threatened litigation against the city, based on attorney client privilege.

After the closed session City Attorney Loren Magsam said, “The City Council met tonight in closed session under the attorney client privilege provision to discuss a matter of threatened litigation against the city. The general consensus of that meeting was that this matter should be referred to the League of Minnesota Cities tendered to them for defense of the claim.”

The nature of the claim is a data practices violation, added Magsam.

The council then unanimously approved tendering the claim to the League of Minnesota Cities.



The council also heard from City Planner Riley Grams regarding the 2013 season of the Osseo Farmers Market. The market began in 2007.

Once again the market will be located on Fifth Street N.E. between Boerboom Park and Realife Cooperative. This year’s market will open July 9 and run every Tuesday until Sept. 24, from 2 to 6 p.m.

Vendors will once again sell produce, flowers, farmstead products, crafts, homemade delicacies and community organizations will also have booths.

Grams said the next step would be solicit for a volunteer to the Farmers Market Coordinator. This volunteer would be responsible for manning the market, arriving 30 minutes before the market opens and staying 30 minutes after market close to coordinate vendor arrivals and departure, as well as handling any vendor or visitor related questions.



In other news, City Planner Grams presented the council with a request to host the 2013 InterMarque Spring Kick-Off Vintage Car Show within the city of Osseo once again. Last year’s car show was deemed a success.

Grams said this year’s show would be Saturday, May 11, and run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In order to do this council had to approve the closure of city streets during that time period. Central Avenue would need to be closed to vehicle traffic between Sixth Street N.E./N.W. and Second Street N.W./N.E. Also, Fifth Street and Fourth Street will be closed one block on either side of Central Avenue.

Grams added a craft fair will be held in Boerboom Veterans Memorial Park as well as a Business Expo hosted by the North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce.

Councilor Allan Hartkopf asked if the vendors at the craft fair were charged to participate. Councilor Mark Schulz, on the committee for the fair, said yes and there were already 20 people signed up.

The council then unanimously approved the car show event and associated public street closings.



In other action, the council:

SET a public hearing on the modification of municipal development district No. 2 and the establishment of Tax Increment Financing District No. 2-9 (Block 6) for Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m.

DECLARED the police 2009 Ford Crown Victoria squad #669, one set of four 17-inch rims with tires and one set of four 16-inch rims with tires as surplus property and sell it the Hiller Auction.

APPROVED the second reading and adoption of the ordinance amending the city code which declares a snow emergency and parking prohibited.

DIRECTED staff further modify the city’s Snow Emergency Policy and bring it back within a months time. The council wanted more clarification on the policy’s mapping, verbage and getting the information out to the public.

ANNOUNCED the Open Book meeting for assessment of property will be Tuesday, April 16, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the conference room at Osseo City Hall. This meeting allows residents to discuss the annual review of assessment to their property with an assessor, not the amount of property taxes.

SET the annual public information meeting for Storm Water Pollution Prevention for Monday, May 6, at 6 p.m. in the community center at City Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to present and discuss the city’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program.