Kenyon City Council

Members of the Kenyon City Council and Administrator Mark Vahlsing discuss street reconstruction at a work session. (Leader file photo)


City Engineer Joe Rhein provided an update on part two of the Wellhead Protection Plan and received approval to move forward with the final draft plan at the April 10 Kenyon City Council meeting.

The plan will be in effect for 10 years, and according to the Minnesota Department of Health, “ …is used to prevent contamination of public drinking water supplies by identifying water supply recharge areas and implementing management practices for potential pollution sources found within those areas.”

The city’s water is routinely tested and meets all criteria, Administrator Mark Vahlsing said, noting that the Wellhead Protection Plan must be reviewed and updated every decade.

Council approved preliminary engineering work for summer and fall of 2018 to prepare for street reconstruction and sewer and water upgrades on Red Wing Avenue in 2020 from Second Street to Tenth Street.

Rhein will pursue sanitary sewer televising, utility structure inspection, utility plan and record review, wetland delineation and meetings with the city Public Works and Kenyon Municipal Utilities.

Staff is directed will seek quotes for paving and underground work on Centennial Drive to be completed this year. Rhein had previously estimated the work to be in the $90,000 range. The city set aside $40,000 in the 2018 budget for Centennial Drive with the remainder of the cost to come from the street department capital funds.

Considering the proximity of the new Kenyon Fire Hall, Centennial Drive is being used more heavily and must reliably accommodate large trucks for Foldcraft as well as fire department vehicles.

Lot split

Council agreed to split 6.8 acres on Huseth Street/County Road 12 from the larger ag parcel owned by Richard Nielsen of Poplar Farms. The smaller lot, which includes a home, will be sold as residential.

Fire Hall kitchen

Fire Chief Scotty Miner received approval to purchase cabinetry and countertops for the kitchen area of the new Fire Hall. The Fire Department has gotten between $3,500 and $4,500 in donations from the Kenyon Snow Drifters and several townships to put toward the $7,763 expense.

Nerstrand Custom Cabinets will build the cabinets and local firefighters have volunteered their time to do the installation. Miner said the cost includes granite countertops and a sink. He added that the granite upgrade only increased the cost by about $100.

Funds remaining from the proceeds of the old fire building sale will be used to cover the remaining expense of the cabinets.

Councilor Fred Barsness commented that since there are other areas of the kitchen that still need to be addressed, such as appliances. He suggested to Miner that they designate the upcoming June 23 Fireman’s Benefit Dance funds to complete the kitchen and have it totally set up, instead of giving out as many cash prizes.

New look for city website

Vahlsing gave an update on the new city website and council reviewed screen captures of what the home page will look like. Library Director Michelle Otte has been migrating information from the old site to the new site, but the process is slow and the current site is not functioning properly. Otte will give a presentation about the new site at the May meeting.

With the new website, Otte and Vahlsing have worked with D&S Sign/Printing on a revised banner and logo design for the city. Vahlsing said he would like to integrate a modified crest based on Kenyon College in Ohio, after which the city is named. Council looked at two samples incorporating the crest with roses in the design.

Councilor Doug Henke said he has asked people around town what they think about redoing the logo and said they questioned the cost involved in re-branding all city vehicles, uniforms and correspondences. Vahlsing said the cost would be spread out over time, and that a fresh and updated logo would be beneficial for the website and city.

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