Monday, January 28, 2013
The State of the Cities annual event by the I-94 Chamber of Commerce highlighted city overviews from 2012, and goals for 2013.
City officials from St. Michael, Albertville and surrounding communities gathered with local business leaders Tuesday for an overview of last year, and a look at what's ahead. Officials and business leaders in attendance of the annual I-94 West Chamber of Commerce "State of the Cities" event, held at St. Michael City Hall, included those from St. Michael, Albertville, Otsego, Hanover, Rogers and Dayton. "The Annual event is an opportunity to bring civic and business leaders together to hear how each city progressed through the past year; the successes and challenges they’ve experienced and then hear firsthand what’s ahead for the city, businesses and residents that live and work here and those that own and operate businesses here," said …
Friday, December 14, 2012
An appreciation luncheon took place Wednesday celebrating the success of phase one of the Albertville I-94 CD road and ramp project.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and appreciation luncheon Wednesday celebrated the partnership between Albertville, St. Michael, Otsego and Wright County that led to the succes of the newly completed Interstate 94 project. "The partnerships here between cities are key and something I can't take credit for," said Adam Nafstad, Albertville city engineer, who will be taking over as city administrator in 2013. Nafstad led the luncheon. The city of Albertville hosted the event Wednesday afternoon for many of those who played a part in the project. The Albertville project, the I-94 Westbound Collector-Distributor Road project, aimed to improve access between westbound I-94, Wright County Road 37 and Wright County Road 19 in Albertville with an …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Three Albertville businesses located at the intersection of County Road 37 and Main Street are changing with the New Year.
After a year of construction, traffic changes and re-routes along Interstate 94 and the County Road 37 exit, three Albertville businesses closest to the exit are struggling and in turn, making some changes. Sunoco gas station closed seemingly overnight this week. The store was locked up tight Monday night, with signs turned off and bags over pump handles. Shelves inside the convenience store were bare. With the closing came rumors that the convenience store giant Kwik Trip purchased the station, but the St. Michael Kwik Trip would neither confirm or deny the story. However, Albertville City Engineer Adam Nafstad told St. Michael Patch that "Sunoco closed late last week and has entered in a purchase agreement with Kwik Trip. It is my …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The year-long 94 project has reached completion and will open to traffic today, Nov. 15.
The long anticipated addition to Interstate-94 West in Albertville will be opened to traffic today. The Westbound Collector-Distribution Road has been in progress for the past year. The ramp will officially open after the morning rush hour most likely around 10 a.m., Albertville City Engineer Adam Nafstad wrote in a press release to MnDOT Wednesday afternoon. Westbound traffic destined for County Road 19 and the Albertville Premium Outlets will be able to access County Road 19 via exit 201 and westbound traffic destined for County Road 37 will access County Road 37 via exit 201. Certain traffic control devises will temporarily remain in place to facilitate motorist acclimation to the new collector-distributor route, Nafstad reported. …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The Centennial Day of Service was a big success in Albertville this past Saturday.
Over the weekend over 300 Girl Scouts from the area worked on improving the local watershed by raking and bagging up leaves, marking storm drains and hanging door hangers. The girls spent most of Saturday's rainy morning with their troops and when all was said and done 1186 bags of leaves were bagged, 395 door hangers hung and 59 storm drains were marked. "The weather is perfect, we've had a great turnout and I'd call it a success," coordinator Jen Peltz said Saturday. She also thanked the city of Albertville and Adam Nafstad for their assistance. "Without them, today wouldn't have been possible! Thank you!"
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The Albertville City Council approved the joint city engineer and city administrator position and have hired current city engineer Adam Nafstad to take it over Jan 1, 2013.
The Albertville Personnel Committee made a recommendation to the council on Monday night to pass three motions. The motions included approving the City Administrator/City Engineer/Public Works Director employment, approving the job description and approving the salary range. The contract provided for the council's review was written to hire Adam Nafstad, current City Engineer/Public Works Director for the new dual role. Albertville City Attorney Mike Couri highlighted some of the contract including: Nafstad will serve at the pleasure of the city, meaning like Larry Kruse's contract, he can be dismissed at any time for any reason. Nafstad will also be able to collect six months of severance pay if he is fired. If the city gives notice, the …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Albertville will set its spending targets for 2012. Once the preliminary levy is approved, it cannot increase prior to approval in December.
The Albertville City Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. and is expected to vote on and approve a preliminary property tax levy of 2 percent and the preliminary 2013 budget. One the council sets its prelimiary levy, it can't increase the levy under Minnesota statute. It can attempt to make more cuts prior to December's adoption date. The preliminary property tax levy was originally proposed at 6.44 percent but after weeks of discussion and hours of studying, city staff brought down the increase to 2 percent. This includes the entire firefighter back pay, 75 percent of the benchmark $100,000 that needs to be replenished to the general fund due to city administrator changes and a 2 percent cost of living increase for city staff. At last Tuesday…
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
After a hot summer with a rainy start, crews are beginning the paving process on Interstate 94 this week.
The Westbound Interstate 94 project has continued progressing well and on schedule, reported Adam Nafstad, Albertville City Enginner at Monday night's council meeting. "The majority of the work on the west wall is nearing completion and the foundation for the east wall under the Cty Road 37 Bridge has begun," Nafstad reported. The interstate was down to one lane Monday night as the contractor began the paving process. There will be various times, mostly in the evening hours, that the interstate will be down to one lane to pave the various parts of the project including the ramps. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year and is currently on schedule.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The work crews on the I-94 project have had an especially challenging week with the high temperatures.
Even with temperatures looming in the hundred-degree mark, work crews on the I-94 project have kept up the work. "A lot of them start earlier," Albertville city engineer Adam Nafstad said earlier this week. "They'll do some 11 hour days, starting at 6:30 a.m. and they are drinking lots of water and Gatorade," Head Inspector Steve Hosch said. Hosch is a city of St. Michael employee who previously oversaw the one way pair project in St. Michael. The main focuses of the work at this point on the project is working on storm sewers, grading and walling. "Foundation and wall panel construction is mainly what's taking place right now," Nafstad reported to the council. One concern and project has been making sure that run off water has a place to …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Albertville City Council meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month.
The Albertville City Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Albertville City Hall. Items on the agenda include discussion about urban chickens. Albertville resident Chad Dahlheimer approached the council at the June 18 meeting about a chicken coop he had built in his yard after contacting the city only to be later informed that it was a violation of code. To date, Dahlheimer has spent $1000 on the chicken coop. Al Brixius shared with the council that current code says that farm animals are only allowed in agricultural zoned areas in the city but is looking into what other cities have done and will be reporting back to the council tonight. City engineer Adam Nafstad will also be discussing mosquito control options and costs with the council. …