The city of Osseo approved purchasing new banners for the street lamps along Central Avenue for the summer months during its Monday, June 23, City Council meeting.
The council also received a grant award from CenterPoint Energy
Here are some of the meeting’s highlights.
The council also looked at purchasing 70 new summer banners for the street lamps along Central Avenue.
Emma Notermann, Economic Development Intern, said there were two options for banner designs. The first banner option featured the Osseo Clock tower at Central Avenue and County Road 81 with the tower being blue and the banner background being green. This option would allow the city to purchase 35 this way and 35 banners with a blue background and a green clock tower.
Notermann said the second banner option showcased the North Water Tower. This design would be used on all 70 banners.
The total cost for the banners would be $3,291.
Councilor Rick Weber asked if the city could purchase 35 banners of each design option. Nortermann said that would be a greater cost to the city.
Weber asked if there was a way to have banners with the school colors of orange and black on them. Councilor Mark Schulz added that the fall and winter banners could have the school incorporated on them.
Mayor Duane Poppe said, “I think I would be fine with opening it up to the design class at the high school to see if they have some banners that they could design for us.”
Councilor Daniel Spanier asked what was going to happen with the old banners. Weber said if residents wanted one they could get one at City Hall.
Spanier also said he would like to see other light poles in the Central Business District have banners on the street lamps as well. “I’m guessing there are 30 or 40 of those street poles, maybe not quite that many, that have not been adorned with banners and I would like to see those added with the banners.”
City Administrator Doug Reeder said there would be a cost for brackets as well as banners for extra light poles. He added the banners would be paid for out of the street fund budget.
Mayor Poppe said staff could take a look at what the costs would be to add banners to the other street lamps when it is time to the fall banner redesign.
Councilor Allan Hartkopf made a motion to approve the clock tower design. The motion failed due to a lack of a second.
The council then approved 4 to 1 the water tower banner design. Councilor Hartkopf voted against.
Administrator Reeder told the council the Osseo Fire Department received a CenterPoint Energy Community Partnership Grant for $2,250.
CenterPoint Energy representative Keith Collver said, the CenterPoint Energy Community Partnership Grant program “offers CenterPoint an opportunity to partner with the cities we serve” with a shared commitment to safety.
The program awards grants to local communities to fund safety equipment and safety-related projects.
The fire department was awarded the $2,250 grant to help purchase an industrial washing machine to ensure thorough cleaning of bunker gear after structure and car fires to eliminate carcinogens from gear, which helps to ensure firefighter safety.
Fire Chief Pat McGrane said, “Thank you. The fire department appreciates it very much.”
The council approved the grant award.