Weekly Memo 11-2-2012

Each Weekly Memo to the City Council and the agenda packet is also provided on the City Council web page.

WEEKLY UPDATE:

League conferences for experienced and newly-elected officials

The League of Minnesota Cities annually hosts conferences for both newly-elected officials and experience elected officials.  There are three possible dates and locations are the same for both conferences.  Information for the newly-elected official conference can be found at  http://www.lmc.org/page/1/newlyelectedconf13.jsp, and the experienced officials information can be found at http://www.lmc.org/page/1/experienced2013.jsp.  Please contact Administration if you are interested in attending either of these events.

Negotiations update

Thus far, the city has opened labor negotiations with Local Law Enforcement and Labor Services (LELS), and the International Association of Fire Fighters.   We have scheduled second rounds of negotiations with these groups and first rounds with both units of Teamsters – Public Works and Water and Light – in the last week of November.  The City has a total of five distinct labor agreements, all of which expire at the end of the 2012.

Transit

The City Planner, Finance Director, and I met this week with the Ms. Kouba from the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to begin the transition of transit administration to city staff.  The intent is to transition to the transit administration to the City Planner.  This will occur whether or not the City Council decides to recruit a full-time City Planner so that the MPO can divest itself of its indirect cost allocation to the service.   The transition is expected to be completed in January.

General Election

The General Election for federal, state, and local offices is on Tuesday, November 6.  The City has five polling places, one for each ward.  One can find the correct polling location for each ward by using the Ward Map and Precinct Finder on the City Council web page at http://egf.mn/index.aspx?nid=110.  The next regular meeting of the City Council will be on Thursday, November 8 to accommodate Tuesday’s election.  The City Council will formally canvass the local results of Tuesday’s election at a special meeting prior to the November 13 work session,

DEPARTMENT REPORTS:

Public Works Department, Jason Stordahl

STREETS

This week we had Northwest Asphalt and Maintenance crack seal 100,000 linear feet of street cracks.  They worked primarily on the North West end of town.  That area has many streets that are perfect candidates for this type of street treatment.

BRIDGE CLOSURE:

The Point/Minnesota Bridge was closed for repair this Thursday at 9am until repairs were completed Friday.  The damage to the bridge was caused by a recent automobile accident and earlier flooding.

Police Department, Chief Mike Hedlund

School Drop-Off Zones – We continue to have problems with parents parking in the drop off areas at the EGF schools – especially at New Heights, South Point and Central Middle School.  These areas are fire lanes and are “No Parking” zones and violators may be ticketed.  We need to keep those areas open for emergency vehicles and to allow a smooth flow of traffic as people drop their children off.  Parked vehicles cause congestion in these areas and increase the chance that a child may be struck by a vehicle.

Traffic Safety – Colder weather is upon us and we have had the first icy roads of the season.  As we move into the holiday season help the EGFPD keep this a safe season by slowing down, driving defensively and always buckling your seat belt.

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