Meeting planned for school property


Launched from a new site this year, Marine’s July 3 fireworks were deemed a “family-friendly success,” said Dorothy Deetz of the Holiday Committee.

“We had new challenges,” she said. “Finding a new launch site, a new pyrotechnics company, a test launch, and communicating all this to the public. …

“The crowds came and were polite and peaceful while patronizing our local businesses.”

The security team estimated 10,000 people attended the event. 

“People didn’t think it was as high,” Deetz said, “but again, that’s because the crowds were spread out into our beautiful Burris Park.”

Although a few people complained about the changes, according to Councilman Charlie Anderson, the overwhelming majority of feedback was positive.

“It exceeded our expectations,” said Deetz. “The pyrotechnics received very good reviews. The security team of 12 did an excellent job of walking through the crowds. They were non confrontational but had a strong presence.”

Washington County deputies helped with traffic control and a Lakeview ambulance was stationed near the show.

“Jason [Crotty] and Tommy [Beosel] did a great job pre and post to ensure success of the event. Lynette [Peterson] and Kiersten [Northcraft] provided coordination of details running through the city offices.”

Added Bill Miller of Crotty and Boesel, “The fireworks were about to happen. I’m going down to the Marina, and here are our city workers sweating, working hard, putting up cones, making sure everything was set. That’s after hours for them and that is above and beyond.”

Deetz noted that General Store continues to donate coffee and treats for the volunteers who come to help clean up. There were about 20 this year and it took about 20 minutes.

“It’s a wonderful tradition in our village.”

Deetz said next year the committee plans to work more closely with downtown businesses and add “no parking” signs to both sides of Rose and Wilke streets.

“We found that it was more of a festival atmosphere,” Councilman Anderson said. “So we’ll look at closing off the city center a little earlier, 5ish or 4ish, for pedestrians but leaving open service access, especially to the garage.”

The committee plans to use the same launch site next year.

School property

A public meeting is planned for July 31, 7 p.m. upstairs at the village hall.

The meeting is a follow up to an April meeting at which ideas were discussed for use of the property.

“We worked through most of that stuff and are ready to tell everybody what’s coming up,” said Councilman Lon Pardun.

Short-term rentals

The plan commission has been receiving a lot of resident feedback regarding short-term rentals, reported outgoing assistant city clerk Kiersten Northcraft.

The commission will discuss the topic again at its regular monthly meeting, 7:30 p.m. July 30.

New assistant city clerk

The council approved the hire of Lori Vogel as assistant city clerk. Vogel will take on the duties of outgoing clerk Kiersten Northcraft. Her official start date is July 23.

Urban Forest Committee

Felicia Cochran and Leslie McKenzie were appointed as Urban Forest Committee members. The council hopes to find one more committee member to round out the group.

“I’m welcoming anyone else who wants to join this movement,” said Councilman Bill Miller.

Founders Day, Burris Park

The council discussed establishing a Founders Day celebration in Burris Park. 

“We’re looking at some type of all town event regarding Founders Day,” said Councilman Charlie Anderson, “which I believe was August 24, 1839, the first day the logs were cut.”

Anderson emphasized that the event was in the early planning stages.

Added Councilman Bill Miller, “We’re only envisioning maybe a picnic and a little music. We want to utilize that park a little more. It’s a beautiful space and we’re trying to figure out ways to use it properly. Before the sixth grade play, all the families had picnics in Burris Park. It was amazing to see those families out on blankets, the kids running around. That’s the energy that I want to tap into.”

Anderson also suggested budgeting funds for future improvements to Burris Park, which is seeing more use by families.

“It’s noticeable that Burris Park is becoming a focal point for the community,” Anderson said. “As we move forward into budget discussions in the next few months I think it’s important to keep in mind that Burris Park is relatively underdeveloped and there may be some opportunities to support our residents, support those young families with some additional infrastructure or minor park improvement.”

Cemetery restorations

Council members commended recent restoration work by Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps at Oakland Cemetery.

“They did a tremendous job,” said Mayor Glen Mills.

Added Charlie Anderson, “I let them know there’s such a thing as a corporal works of mercy, and one of those is to bury the dead. That doesn’t mean just to physically bury someone. The very act of what they were doing was to honor those of this town who came before. … With each brush stroke, each spray, each reset of a monument, they were doing very important, very honorable work.”

According to Anderson they reached more than 200 graves. 

“Some of the obelisks that were not readable before are now quite clear,” he said. “There are Swedish prayers on some of them. … Hopefully at some point we can recognize both the Marine Restoration Society and Northern Bedrock officially as a city.” 

Other business

• Canoes stored without city permits at the Pine Street landing will be impounded by city staff.

• Residents have the option to pay utilities online through the city’s website. A service fee is charged by the company that enables the transaction.

• Potential for a telecommunications tower that would expand Marine area coverage is being explored.

• The council reached an informal consensus to review a draft letter from John Goodfellow addressing the impacts of wake on parts of the St. Croix River. The letter will request a group review of issues caused by wake and potential development of guidelines and educational outreach efforts to minimize wake.

• The Fire and Rescue street dance was well attended especially, council members noted, by families with young children. The event netted $6,500.

• The council discussed posting signage noting the city’s involvement in the GreenStep Cities program. 

• The board tweaked the Relief Association bylaws to satisfy state requirements.

• Funds not to exceed $3,700 were approved to broaden the scope of a wastewater system analysis by Bolton and Menk.

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