Mayor Carlson not seeking re-election .

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“It’s time to let others take the helm,” stated Carlson, who has served eight years as mayor and 9 years as a council member.

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She broke the information as she was delivering an upbeat, constructive message concerning the metropolis’s future and her “phrase of the yr” – imaginative and prescient. Carlson has been designating a phrase for the brand new yr ever since she’s been mayor. Some previous phrases have been collaboration, teamwork, civility, engaged and respect.

The phrase, imaginative and prescient, is sensible for 2020, she stated.

Carlson thanked previous mayors, present and previous council members and metropolis employees for having the imaginative and prescient to assist Alexandria develop and prosper and earn the designation of “Greatest Minnesota City.”

Carlson added the town is in actually nice form, has the best individuals serving the town in key positions, and has a superb police division and employees.

“I encourage everybody to have a imaginative and prescient to maintain going ahead,” she stated.

Though the submitting interval for mayor doesn’t open till Might 19, a candidate has expressed his intention to run for workplace – Ward 5 council member Todd Jensen.

Assist could also be on the best way for these hoping to purchase their first residence in Alexandria.

The council agreed to use for funding underneath the Minnesota Housing Finance Company’s “Minnesota Metropolis Participation Program” that gives low-interest loans.

Final yr, the town initially acquired $222,407 by means of this system however as a result of different communities within the state weren’t in a position to make use of their allocations, the town and native lenders, similar to Bremer Financial institution and Wells Fargo Residence Mortgage, have been capable of assist homebuyers entry greater than $1.2 million in funds.

There isn't any value to the town for collaborating in this system.

Over the previous 23 years, the town has acquired almost $Eight.9 million by way of this system.

After greater than a yr and half of begins and stops, an enchancment undertaking for Deerwood Drive is shifting forward.

The council ordered the enhancements to pave the 1,830-foot gravel street – one of many final gravel roads within the metropolis. Will probably be 22-feet vast with an Eight-foot large tar path for pedestrians on the west aspect of the road. It’s situated between Freeway 29 North and Scenic Heights Street.

The entire value of the undertaking is estimated at $361,156. The town’s share of the road and path portion of the challenge is $157,068. The remaining $171,388 will probably be assessed on the eight present tons and on 14 different tons as soon as they're developed. The per-lot evaluation is estimated at $7,790 – $894 lower than the town contemplated final month.

A ultimate evaluation listening to will happen subsequent fall, probably in October.

The council ready for the brand new yr by approving quite a lot of resolutions:

  • The Echo Press was as soon as once more designated as the town’s “official newspaper,” which means it is going to publish the town’s required authorized notices and monetary listings.
  • The council’s common conferences will stay on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. with one exception – the Might 25 assembly was moved to Tuesday, Might 26 due to Memorial Day.
  • Nineteen monetary establishments have been designated as metropolis depositories for 2020.
  • Elected and appointed officers who can be coated by Minnesota Staff Compensation have been designated for insurance coverage functions. The listing consists of the mayor, council members and members of 19 metropolis boards, commissions and committees.
  • Made the next appointments: Board of Public Works – Nolan Wolkow; Housing and Redevelopment Authority – Cindy Greater; President Professional Tempore of the town council – Bobbie Osterberg; and Runestone Group Middle Board – Chris Uhde. The council additionally voted to extend the variety of members on the Park Board from 5 to seven. Three appointments to that board will probably be permitted at a later assembly. Two seats stay vacant, Cable TV Fee and the Constitution Fee. Anybody considering these positions ought to contact Metropolis Corridor. The council additionally appointed Osterberg and Metropolis Administrator Marty Schultz to function the town’s two trustees on the Alexandria Hearth Division Aid Affiliation.

Because it has completed almost yearly, the council voted to advance state assist funds in extra of these in its state help development account.

The decision doesn’t routinely allocate the funds to the town, however units the quantity apart on the state assist workplace so as to make the funds out there sooner or later.

The utmost quantity the town can advance is 5 occasions its annual development allocation or about $four million.

Metropolis Engineer Tim Schoonhoven stated the funds are primarily a zero-interest mortgage however doesn’t commit the town to make use of the funds.