Medina Mayor Liz Weir this fall is receiving not one, but two awards for her contributions to improving water quality in lakes and streams. The latest is the Friends of the Lake Award from the Lake Independence Citizens Association, LICA.
LICA President Mike McLaughlin came before the Medina City Council, Tuesday, Oct. 15, to present the award to Weir. He said LICA gives this award each year to recognize “extraordinary efforts toward the improvement and preservation of the water quality of Lake Independence.”
In September, Weir learned that she was about to receive a Watershed Hero Award from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. She and five other Watershed Heroes were honored at an Oct. 17 district gala.
At the City Council meeting, McLaughlin said LICA chose Weir for its award “because of her effective leadership.” He added, “We feel that she has indeed done an extraordinary job of protecting not just our lake, but all our valuable water resources.”
McLaughlin continued, “In addition, we feel that the whole Medina City Council and city staff have really stepped up their efforts on water quality issues, and LICA would like to acknowledge their roles as well. All the council members, and (City Administrator) Scott Johnson, (Assistant to City Administrator) Jodi Gallup, the Parks Commission with Paul Jaeb, (City Planner) Dusty Finke, (Public Works Director) Steve Scherer and others should be recognized for their parts in protecting water quality.”
He listed some of the projects that Weir, the City Council and city staff have undertaken for water quality. They included the animal density ordinance, water management organization redevelopment guidelines, grants for shoreline best management practices, a boat landing gate and educational program to help prevent aquatic invasive species, street grading, curbing and leaf sweeping.
The council also conducted other business. Here are some meeting highlights.
The council approved both the preliminary and final plats requested by the estate of Caroline Brede for property at 2929 and 2921 Lakeshore Ave. The council also approved a variance from front yard setback requirements for an existing garage.
The Brede estate proposed that the parcels at 2929 and 2921 Lakeshore Ave. be combined with property to the south and then subdivided into two lots. The parcels are zoned as Urban Residential and located in the Shoreland Overlay District of Lake Independence.
Mayor Weir noted that many lots in the area have variances because they were developed before Medina had zoning regulations. She called the new arrangement for the Brede property an improvement over previous plans.
The City Council also:
APPROVED a tobacco license for Medina Mobil (formerly Mayer’s Mobil) at 762 Highway 55.
LEARNED that Medina has completed paperwork for being reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Administration for damage to city infrastructure from the June 20-21 storm. Total loss for the city was $22,106. FEMA representatives are expected to review the forms and send payment in six to eight weeks.
APPROVED a resolution authorizing the distribution of excess cash reserves accumulated by the Lake Minnetonka Communications Commission amongst the 17 member cities. The distribution includes the cities that are withdrawing from the LMCC.
CERTIFIED delinquent utility charges to the Hennepin County auditor so that Medina can collect them via 2014 property taxes.
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