City Council Discusses Field Conditions With The Edina Ball Association
By Beth Hunolt
The Board of Aldermen for the City of Edina met in regular session on Monday, February 8th, at Edina’s City Hall. All Board members were present when Mayor Strickler called the seven o’clock meeting to order. Mayor Strickler recited an invocation and led those in attendance in the recession of the Pledge of the Allegiance.
Margaret Gibson read in their entireties the minutes from the January regular session meeting and the minutes from the January 18th Executive meeting. Betty Morgret, City Collector, and Peggy Collinge, City Treasurer gave their respective reports to the Board. The Board voted and approved the Collector’s and Treasurer’s Reports.
The Board then voted to grant authority to pay the City’s monthly bills.
Sara Sullens and Rick Winter, representatives of the Edina Ball Association, expressed concerns of the Edna Campbell baseball field’s conditions, such as the flooding problem from nearby streams and heavy rainfalls and the field’s inability to fully drain itself after the precipitating waters.
They presented the Board the Edina Ball Association’s possible solutions for the Pauline Campbell baseball field. Theses suggestions were to; build up the field so the water would drain off better and the soil would soak the water up faster, to built a levy to stop flooding from neat by stream, tiling the field so the water would drain off the field faster, or to expand the smaller practice field into a regulation sized field.
The consensus in the room lean toward the expansion of the small field thus moving the larger field to higher ground avoiding saturated playing conditions; the estimated price of this solution is $7,000. No action was taken at this time “ I just want ed to bring the issue to the Boards attention,” Winter stated, “ before the baseball season begins.”
Dr. Robert Collinge DDS addressed the Board under Citizen’s Comments. He said that he was both pleased and impressed by the city’s street cleaning crew, he did however have one request. He was concerned with the excess snow in front of the walkways causing hazardous walking conditions for some of his patrons and the patrons of the Nutrition Site. He suggested that the employees moved the excessively high snowdrifts, to avoid falling injuries.
Chief of Police Rodger Waibel and Superintendent of Utilities Mike Wriedt gave their department reports together. Both men and the city’s employee’s worked on the clean up of the Jones’s property, all that remains is one shed. The city hauled three-inch rock to this site to place the trash bins they rented on. Wriedt told the Board that he would like to take this rock and use it to repair some potholes on a nearby Fulton Street. As part of a Spring Project, Chief Waibel said he would be giving the head’s up to other property owner’s that have dilapidating buildings on their properties.
Margaret Gibson, Edina City Clerk, addressed the Board, “ I just wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the 2010 Census is approaching.” Gibson also added “We want to make sure everyone in Knox County gets counted.”
Mayor Strickler then read aloud in their entireties two letters; one from US Cable company thanking Edina for their business and informing Edina that they are giving thirty day notice that their rates will raise, Veolia sent the other letter thanking Edina for their business with their company and informing Edina that Veolia’s tonnage rate would raise by five percent.
The motion was made to adjourn the February 8th, Regular Session Meeting. The motion unanimously passed with a 6-0 roll call vote.