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BE nixes memorial proposal

By Staff | Jan 12, 2020

In a relatively short 26 minute meeting on Monday, Jan. 6, the Blue Earth City Council took care of a variety of items in short order.

One of those items was to cancel an agreement with the Faribault County Veterans Memorial (FCVM) group concerning the location of a proposed Veterans Memorial in Blue Earth.

The agreement was to give FCVM the use of a lot at the corner of Fifth and Main streets. That lot had been purchased by the city with the idea of using it for the proposed Veterans Memorial.

“It is my understanding that the original Veterans Memorial group is no longer in existence,” mayor Rick Scholtes said. “This agreement with them was made last July, so we need to rescind it.”

Council member Glenn Gaylord questioned if there is another group that has taken over and would still be interested in the site.

“If they do want it, we can always make a new agreement with them,” Scholtes said. “But for now we need to vote to cancel this agreement and have it be null and void.”

The council had more discussion on the two Veterans Memorial groups, as well as the use of the lot the city now owns.

But, in the end, the council voted to cancel the agreement.

City engineer Wes Brown gave a brief update on several projects, including the new housing development, 13th and Moore Street project and the 2020 Leland Parkway street project.

Brown told the council the final closeout has been made on the 13th and Moore Street project and the final closeout on the new housing development project is close.

He did have one change order for the council to consider for the new housing project.

“Bruns Construction has submitted a bill for work they did on the boulevards, grading and seeding, that was done after the initial construction,” Brown said. “It was disturbed by some natural gas and water lines installed and needed to be redone.”

The council approved the $2,687.50 bill.

Brown also informed the council the engineering plans for next year’s Leland Parkway project have been completed by Bolton and Menk and have been sent to county engineer Mark Daly for approval.

The project is a joint county and city project.

In other business at the meeting, the council:

Approved all of the mayoral appointments to city boards and commissions, as well as voted to have the Faribault County Register as official city newspaper, First Bank Blue Earth as official city depository and Clifton Larson Allen as city auditor.

Received an update on notices being sent to owners of cars parked at a local auto repair shop. City attorney David Frundt said he has been getting some response from the owners.

Approved a one day special liquor license for the Blue Earth American Legion for their annual Super Bowl party.

Learned there have been three applications for the open city administrator position so far. The application deadline is Jan. 20.

During their half hour work session before the regular meeting, the council went over their goals for 2020, with each council member listing five or six things they would like to see the city accomplish this year.

Adding more housing in the city, economic development and the Three Sisters project topped the lists.