The Highway 19/71 -Highway 101 intersection and the Zeb Gray Shelter in Ramsey Park may see big changes if several actions the city council took Tuesday evening go through as planned.
The Highway 19/71 -Highway 101 intersection and the Zeb Gray Shelter in Ramsey Park may see big changes if several actions the city council took Tuesday evening go through as planned. Highway 19/71 - Highway 101 intersection According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, as of 2011 that intersection was seeing 10,400 vehicles per day. Anyone trying to make a left turn at that intersection can attest to it. For over 20 years, the city, the county, and MNDoT have struggled to find practical ways to make the traffic flow smoother and more safely there. With Runnings acquiring eight acres of land there to build a new 60,000 square foot facility, the city and state may have finally found a way. At Tuesday’s city council meeting, the councilors approved a $511,000 purchase agreement with the Buller family, which owns two homes near the intersection, just east of the proposed Runnings site. Current plans are for the city to remove the homes to allow for the eventual development of a 411 foot long road leading south from the intersection. The project, as currently planned, would allow for a safe entrance to the Runnings parking lot, and the eventual installation of a four-way intersection there, with a stop light. Estimated cost of the street extension, with all engineering and infrastructure improvements, is estimated at approximately $600,000, with costs being shared between the city, the county, and MNDoT. If things go well, the new road and intersection should be completed before the Runnings store’s planned opening around Oct. 1, with installation of the stop light coming afterward. Zeb Gray shelter The shelter at the top of the park’s west entrance was built in 1979, and not seen many improvements since even though it is a popular spot for weddings and other celebrations. The Friends of the Park are trying to remedy that, and have proposed a $250,000 upgrade for the shelter. The Friends of the Park have pledged up to $40,000 toward that amount, a carryover from funds raised for earlier projects. The city pledged $40,000 from the Park Development Fund for the 2014 DNR Legacy Grant. On Tuesday, the council approved a request for the DNR to provide up to $100,000 in additional funding for the project, with other possible grants in the works to provide the balance for the work. In other city news, the council: • Approved a $14,743 contract with Doug’s Lawn and Landscaping Service for “all inclusive” lawn services at the Redwood Falls Public Library, Southwaite Townhomes, and Aspenwood Apartment Complexes. • Approved a request to close downtown E. Second Street on Friday, June 20, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for the NU-Telecom Customer Appreciation event. • Approved the appointment of Gabriel Prescott to the standard one-year probationary period to rejoin the Redwood Falls Fire Department. • Approved the appointment of Craig LaBrie and Jeanne Limoges to the Port Authority. • Approved a Consume and Display License to Hi-Way Lanes from April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015. • Approved a $3,644 contract with NAC Mechanical and Electrical Services for HVAC services for the Redwood Area Community Center from June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015.