The road through Alexander Ramsey Park doesn’t have an official name yet, but as of Tuesday evening it is Redwood Falls’ newest street.
The road through Alexander Ramsey Park doesn’t have an official name yet, but as of Tuesday evening it is Redwood Falls’ newest street. That might come as news to area residents, who didn’t know the road through the city-owned park didn’t actually belong to the city. For all this time, the road, officially known as County State Aid Highway 31, has been owned and maintained by Redwood County. After several years of negotiations, the county board voted to “turn back” the road to the city on Tuesday morning, and the city council voted to accept it as Redwood’s newest street. Negotiations included resolving who would be responsible for restoring the swayback bridge, and which entity would handle any road repairs before the turn back. Now the city must work with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to legally add the extra mileage and swayback bridge to the city’s street system. In other city news, the council: • Proclaimed May 2, 2014 as Founder’s Day in Redwood Falls. It was exactly 150 years earlier, on May 2, 1864 that Colonel Samuel McPhail and six other soldiers established the founding of Redwood Falls by beginning to build the original pioneer stockade in what is now downtown Redwood Falls. The council also heard organizers Craig and Cindy LaBrie detail the latest plans for a Founders Day celebration downtown and in Ramsey Park on May 2, the 150th anniversary of the town’s beginning. The Gazette will cover the Founder’s Day event in more detail in a upcoming issue. • Witnessed Mayor Corey Theis administer the oath of office to the Redwood Falls Police Department’s newest officer, Brady Stough. • Approved the firm of Bolten & Menk, Inc., to provide professional engineering services for the city’s civil engineering projects. • Approved a final $1,988 change order for the city’s new street shop maintenance facility, bringing the total cost for engineering and construction to $1,137,121. • Proclaimed April 13-19 as National Library Week. • Approved updated library commission by-laws, which haven’t been changed since 1995. • Approved a lease amendment on the law enforcement center which should carry the police department’s lease on a month-by-month until the current renovation project is complete. The current lease calls for the city to rent space for the police department from the county for $4,266 per month.