Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Minnesota Legislature has set the dollar amounts cities can expect to get, and St. Michael and Albertville aren't coming up empty anymore.
Changes to the formula state government uses mean the cities of St. Michael and Albertville are in for some Local Government Aid funds in 2014. That's news because neither city is getting a cent of LGA money in 2013. The omnibus tax bill passed the Minnesota Senate 36-30 just a few minutes before midnight Monday, May 20—the legislative session's legal deadline. According to Session Daily, "the bill would make changes to the distribution of local government aid through a new formula. Counties and townships would also see an increase in state aid—all in an effort to lower property taxes, supporters say." Albertville is in line to get $79,647. For St. Michael, the figure is $239,129. Related at St. Michael Patch:
Friday, May 17, 2013
Otsego residents may also use the City of Albertville compost site. Hanover residents may also use the City of St. Michael compost site.
Want to drop off or pick up compost materials in St. Michael or Albertville? Here is what you need to know for City of St. Michael compost site information: Residents can use the compost site behind the Public Works Building located at 3150 Lander Avenue NE to bring leaves, grass clippings, brush and other vegetative materials. Compost site is for residents of St. Michael and Hanover only; no contractors are allowed to use the facility. New Compost Site Summer Hours: The City compost and brush site is now open, and attendants will be present to check ID’s for disposal. The hours for 2013 are: 7 days a week from 7:00am to 9:00pm As a reminder, the compost site also has a dump area for used oil, antifreeze and filters. There is no cost for …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The $50 charge would apply to inspections of new sprinklers and alarms, as well as code violations requiring more than three inspector visits, the Sun Press & News reported.
An ordinance change under discussion in Albertville could impose a new fee on some fire inspections at new and existing buildings, the Sun Press & News reported: new fire alarms and sprinkler systems as well as alarms and systems that require more than three code-violation inspections would cost $50. According to the Sun Press & News, a memo from City Attorney Mike Couri to the Albertville City Council described the problem: “We’ve had situations where the Fire Chief has returned for follow up inspections three or more times, only to find that the owner has not corrected the violations." Couri said the burden on business was not too heavy: “It’s not an issue that the business owners can’t do it, rather it’s that they don’t want to. ... In…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The school board and City of Albertville approved the amount in January. The City of St. Michael paid its share in August 2012.
The St. Michael-Albertville School Board at its Jan. 22 meeting approved a $10,000 contribution to the St. Michael-Albertville Arena for maintenance and upkeep of the facility. The Albertville City Council also approved a $10,000 payment at its early January meeting. The City of St. Michael approved its $10,000 portion in August 2012, and has already made the payment to the arena. The $30,000 will go strictly to the maintenance and equipment needs of the facility, said Grant Fitch, arena manager. The school district and two cities jointly own the arena. "Most rinks don't have cash flow each year," Fitch said. "As the building gets old, you're looking at repairs and a Zamboni, which a new one costs around $115,000." A Zamboni is a machine…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
She was arrested Friday on felony charges of crimes against the government.
A convicted felon who pleaded guilty in 2010 to writing a bad check had allegedly not waited until her civil rights had been restored before voting in the 2012 general elections. Lindsey Anne Heitman, 31, of Albertville, was arrested Friday and charged with allegedly voting while knowing she is ineligible, and registering as an ineligible voter, both "crimes against the government," according to a criminal complaint filed by Wright County Attorney's Office. Heitman was on a five-year probation after the felony bad check conviction, and would not be eligible to vote until 2015. On Nov. 6, election day, Heitman checked in with her probation officer, Department of Corrections Probation Officer Truda Boler, and reported that she voted at …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Mayor Mark Meehan said in Monday's meeting the issue with Albertville City Administrator Larry Kruse had been "festering" for months, and he took action when confronted by another council member.
It didn't take long to delve into the issues at Monday's Albertville City Council meeting, as the public comment period became the only segment of the night where the dozens in attendance could weigh in on the city's latest controversy. Mayor Mark Meehan opened up the floor for public comment minutes after 7 p.m., and the first speaker-former mayor Ron Klecker-asked that Meehan wait. "I'd like to speak on Item 10A [City Administrator Performance Review], but I would like to save my comments until then," Klecker requested. However, Meehan didn't allow residents to wait, and referred to the rules of order for the meeting. He said all public comment would be taken at the outset. Council member Larry Sorenson asked for a motion to allow public…
Monday, April 16, 2012
The Albertville City Council, by a 3-2 vote, ended its contract with city administrator Larry Kruse, who had served the community since 2003.
A divided Albertville City Council voted 3-2 to end its relationship with Albertville City Administrator Larry Kruse, effective May 1, at its regular meeting held Monday night at Albertville City Hall. Despite comments in support of Kruse during the public comment portion of the meeting, Mayor Mark Meehan discussed openly a "closed door" Monday meeting he had with Kruse, where he said he raised several issues expressed to him by city staff members, local businesses and in particular council member Jillian Hendrickson. "Larry serves at the will of the council," Meehan said. "There was a consensus, among a number of people" that Kruse was not able to do the job as the council desired. In dissenting, members Dan Wagner and Larry Sorensen each…
Monday, March 26, 2012
Two of these great first-graders from Albertville or St. Michael will be this year's Junior Miss Albertville and two others will be Junior Commodore. Congrats to this year's finalists.
The Albertville Royalty Committee had their hands full Saturday with almost two dozen local first-graders competing to be part of the next Albertville Royalty. Named at Albertville Friendly City Days, four first-graders (two boys and two girls) will be named to the court as Junior Miss Albertville and Albertville Commodores. These finalists were selected Saturday during a full day of interviews, competition and fun with the current Albertville Royalty court, including Miss Albertville Jessica Wojcik and Princess Alyssa Gallagher, plus the current junior court. The process to find the next Miss Albertville (2012-2013) and her princesses will begin next month, as applications have started to roll in from local high school seniors and recent …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The Albertville Lions welcome the St. Michael-Albertville community to it's February Fish and Shrimp Dinner and fundraiser. The group also recently presented the City of Albertville with a hefty gift.
The Albertville Lions will be sponsoring a fish and shrimp fry from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at Albertville City Hall. Along with fish and shrimp, the menu includes baked potato, baked beans, coleslaw, dinner rolls, and cookies. The cost will be $ 10 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under. All proceeds from the event will go to the Lions Eye Bank of Minnesota. There will also be a collection bin for old eyeglasses that are no longer being used. Check donation to Albertville Monday, Feb. 6, Albertville President Ron Tiernan presented Mayor Mark Meehan and Albertville City Council with a $5,000 donation. City Administrator Larry Kruse said the funds would be used to fund operations at city hall. He called the Lions an organization…
Friday, February 3, 2012
The I-94 West Chamber of Commerce welcomed city leaders and local businesses to St. Michael City Hall for the annual report Tuesday afternoon.
Business leaders and government officials met once again Tuesday as the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce brought both sides together for its annual State of the Cities event. If the 2011 message last year at St. Michael City Hall was, "We've hit rock bottom," the collective 2012 message was, "We hope the turnaround is as fast as the crash was." St. Michael Mayor Jerry Zachman welcomed the contingent, which included representatives from neighbors such as Hanover, Albertville, Dayton, Otsego and Rogers to the city center. Businesses from most, if not all, of those communities were represented by the about 100 or so people in attendance. "I think I speak for everyone when I say that it's been a tough couple of years," said outgoing St. Michael …