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Afton City Council briefs from May 21

Construction bid accepted

Afton CIty Council accepted a construction bid for its 50th Street maintenance project during its May 21 meeting.

The quote, from Hardrives, Inc., is for a total cost of $85,545.25.

The maintenance project will include a mill and overlay of 50th Street from St. Croix Trail west to Odell Avenue.

Encumbered funds approved

Afton City Council approved its 2014 encumbered funds for its Flood Hazard Mitigation Project during its May 21 meeting.

Annually, City Council is asked to request encumbered, or set aside, funds from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the project.

The requested amount for 2014, to cover the public process, benefit analysis, design and construction, is $825,000.

Erosion repair approved

Afton CIty Council approved an erosion repair project for Upper 34th Street during its May 21 meeting. The project will be completed by Ace Black Top at a cost not to exceed $3,000. The erosion repair will consist of a black top swale.

Park fee reimbursed

Afton City Council approved the reimbursement of a park dedication fee, in the amount of $10,000, to Afton residents the Voxlands during its May 21 meeting.

The Voxlands' property, on 40th Street, was originally part of a 55 acre parcel that was subdivided into two separate lots.

A park dedication fee of $10,000 was paid at that time.

Afton requires a park dedication fee to be paid when lots are created.

Recently a minor subdivision occurred where the property lines were redrawn between two properties.

The Voxlands went to the city for a building permit, after their house was burned down as part of a training exercise for the fire department, and were asked to pay the park dedication fee.

Since there were no new lots created, City Attorney Fritz Knaak said, the Voxlands were incorrectly charged for the park dedication fee.

City attorney appointed

Afton City Council appointed its city attorney during its May 21 meeting to reflect a firm change.

Afton's City Attorney Fritz Knaak recently joined a new law firm, Holstad and Knaak, PLC. Knaak's previous firm was Knaak and Associates.

Knaak will continue to serve as the lead attorney for Afton.

Seasonal staff approved

Afton City Council approved the hire of a temporary seasonal employee during its May 21 meeting.

One of the city's regular seasonal employees will not be able to return for work until late June, which is why Public Works Director Ken Johnson requested an interim position be filled until that time.

-Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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