by Samara Postuma
With Albertville Friendly City Days just six weeks away, talks are underway about what kind of fun challenge the cities of Albertville and St. Michael will compete in against each other this year.
In the past, the two connected and rivaling towns have had a traditional softball game that was replaced two years ago by kickball. With a high number of city staff and council injuries, this year the competition will be something new.
“A relay,” Albertville Finance Director Tina Lannes told the council. While details and the events of the relay are under wraps, Lannes told the council that city staff is willing and excited to participate in this years challenge of the two cities.
“As long as we are going to have enough participation, I’m game,” council member Larry Sorensen said, and the rest of the council verbally agreed approving the new challenge between the two cities as a relay with details to come out later. The two cities will compete in their challenge on the evening of Friday, June 8 at Central Park.
In other Albertville Friendly City Days news, both the Knights of Columbus and the Albertville Lions have applied for and received their liquor licenses for the three-day city festival.
In other news, city administrator Adam Mafstad updated the council about rentals of the two former city hall facilities.
For the 5964 Main Ave. building (just north of the post office), Nafstad said staff is learning of the improvements and associated costs required for occupancy of the existing buildings. Conceptual lease arrangements have been discussed and the Soccer Association Board will be meeting to determine whether or not they desire to pursue leasing the building. Nafstad said it’s anticipated that a lease agreement will be presented to the council at the first meeting in May for review.
The other lease is for the former city hall at 5975 Main Avenue (just north of the existing city hall). Nafstad said staff met with Wayne Elam and Sheila Zachman of Commercial Realty Solutions to market and list the former city hall for lease.
He said the city attorney reviewed the agreement and has some suggested revisions that will be incorporated.
In other matters, administrator Nafstad updated the council regarding the 2013 I-94 improvement project.
Commencing after Memorial Day, MnDOT will be begin its rehabilitation project of I-94 between Monticello and the Crow River. The project will include concrete pavement repairs and bituminous shouldering.
“In Albertville, both directions of the freeway, including the ramps at County Rd. 19, will receive concrete repairs,” Nafstad said. “The shoulders and bituminous ramps at County Rd. 37 will be milled and overlaid.”
Work is expected to be ongoing through mid-August. The work will be performed during non-peak hours, and no work will be allowed Friday evenings. Nafstad said traffic delays are expected.
In other action, the council:
HEARD that staff continues discussions with the Darkenwald group concerning the city-owned property and potential development of the Darkenwald property north of the outlet mall. Conceptual plans are expected soon.
REVIEWED the 2013 1st quarter budget to actual. After first quarter, revenues should be at 6% and expenditures should be at 25%. According to a report compiled and given to council by finance director Lannes, revenues are currently at 4.1% and expenditures at 16.4%.