At last week’s Coleraine City Council meeting, council members voted to pass a resolution to support an increase of local government aid (LGA) for this year. The city of Coleraine will join at least 42 other rural cities in Minnesota under an advocacy group called the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. The group will lobby the state legislature for an increase of $45.5 million to be earmarked for the LGA funding program.
According to the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, the state of Minnesota has a projected surplus of more than $1 billion dollars. The LGA program would distribute the money for infrastructure and services to cities based on a formula which identifies need.
Council members took action to abolish the Coleraine Police Commission and replace it with a three member Police Advisory Committee. Council Member Mary Drews made a motion to establish the Police Advisory Committee and all other council members voted in favor of the committee. The three members include Mayor Jim Hagen, Pat Dolensek and Dennis Tennison. This temporary committee will have no authority, but will provide consultation and leadership to help facilitate the Coleraine and Bovey police merger.
A public hearing was set for Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. to address assessments for the Powell Ave. improvement project.
In other business, the council:
• Voted to pass the consent agenda.
• Questioned the need for street lights on Bay Road.
• Acknowledged the retirement of Building Inspector Stanley Grunenwald.
• Discussed safety issues with the proposed metal sculpture at the library.
• Explored the possibility of office space for the Minnesota State Patrol in the new emergency services complex.