City presents public safety project to legislators

With Interim City Administrator Jerry Bohnsack on hand and Mayor Jean Keogh conducting the meeting, the Montgomery City Council worked through a full agenda of business Monday evening, Oct. 7. The agenda included a brief report on the Montgomery Area Public Safety Facility project being presented to the House of Representatives Capital Investment Committee.
On Wednesday, Oct. 9, the House committee was scheduled to be traveling the area to become familiar with capital projects which have been requested to be included in the state’s 2014 bonding program. The City of Montgomery has submitted a request for $1,330,000 to help fund a $2,670,000 public safety facility, and Representative David Bly (DFL-Northfield) has asked that the city have an opportunity to present its project to the committee.
The schedule has Montgomery’s time from 12:00-12:15 p.m., at the State Academy for the Deaf in Faribault. Mayor Keogh, Fire Chief Lloyd Wiechmann and Ambulance Director Neil Vlasak were scheduled to present the proposal.
“We will be showing a short video indicating the overcrowded conditions we have for our emergency vehicles,” the mayor said. “We also hope to have state officials on site here in the near future.”
The council also:
—Authorized an upgrade of the communications system in the administration office at $180 per month. The office was repainted and new carpet installed, and when furniture was moved the computer network failed to function, due to the age of the initial system.
—Received department report from Police Chief John Schmidt, who said the COPS Grant for a school resource officer was not funded. The resignation of Police Reservist Jay Ragalie was accepted, subject to final application, and Erik Streff-Howe and Casey King were sworn in as police officers by Mayor Keogh. The chief said TCU Homecoming was “a bad night,” with the fatal accident and other calls adding to the tragedy, but all emergency personnel did a great job.
—Received comprehensive plan report from City Planner Tom Washa, who, along with Mayor Keogh and Administrator Jerry Bohnsack, met with Jo from Municipal Development Group to kickoff the comp plan update. The comp plan update committee will be meeting on the fourth Wednesday of each month until adoption of the update. The first meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. The council appointed Bill Wencl and Jim Mladek to the update committee.
—Appointed Diane Radil to the planning & Zoning commission, filling an open unexpired term.
—Discussed request from Le Sueur County that the city approve a list of parcels, 30 lots in Fischer Estates subdivision, for public auction. List will be forwarded to planning commission to determine if any of the lots were needed for public purposes.
—Following a presentation by John Fischer of SEH, approved a permit/agreement with Seneca Foods for treatment of their wastewater. Montgomery’s permit with the MPCA requires a permit for any industry that is a significant industrial user (SIU), and Seneca qualifies as a SIU.

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