The Redwood Falls American Legion planned on setting up a new sign just to the west of its building.
The new sign, close to County Highway 101, would be more visible to people heading down to North Redwood, or passing by on Highway 19/71.
Then, while getting permission to set up the sign from the city, everyone made a surprising discovery: the Legion doesn't actually own much of the land to its west.
As it turns out, much of the ditch and lawn area west of the Legion quarters are a city-owned right-of-way.
Apparently the land was kept aside as an extension of the service lane that runs in front of the Select Inn and Oberloh accounting office.
Without being able to use the right of way, the Legion would have to set up its new sign just five feet from the building, which undercuts the whole reason for wanting a sign for greater visibility.
After negotiating back and forth, the Legion and city came to an agreement. The city will allow the Legion to set up its sign in the right-of-way, and be responsible for all maintenance and liability costs associated.
In return, the Legion agrees to allow the sign to be removed if the city wants to exercise its right to use the right-of-way for any public purpose.
In other city news, the council:
• Approved the final pay reimbursement to Schmidt Construction for the Ramsey Park Phase III renovations, in the amount of $18,269. The final contract price totaled $356,385.
• Approved the earlier than expected trade-in of a $129,124 snowblower for the streets department to clear the downtown area and other streets.
After checking with the salespeople, city staff determined that lead time on orders is at least three months. Ordering the new snowblower now would make it available by this coming January or February.
• Approved a west substation relay upgrade agreement with DGR Engineering in the amount of $55,500.
The west electrical substation was built in the early 1980s, and with new digital relays in the newer substations, the Public Utilities department believes upgrading to newer relays in the west station would increase ease of operation and data storage.
• Approved the following 2014 licenses for area businesses:
• Tobacco: Liquor Lodge
• Solid Waste Hauling: Southwest Sanitation, West Central Sanitation, Inc.
• Games of Skill: National Entertainment Network, LLS (Wal-Mart games).