The Rush City Council on April 8 authorized the city to join the Minnesota Water Agency Response Network, otherwise known as MnWARN.
By entering into this mutual aid agreement, the city establishes a water, wastewater or storm water utility and recognizes — when an emergency such as flooding occurs — its utilities may require assistance through personnel, equipment and supplies from outside the impact area.
The purpose of the MnWARN agreement is to provide a framework, in the event of an emergency, for cities and others to participate in an intrastate program for mutual aid assistance to provide water, wastewater and storm water utility services.
“It’s a nice way to work together,” City Administrator Amy Mell said.
In other news, the council:
• Offered suggestions for visiting Boy Scouts to earn their community service merit badges. Ideas ranged from spring clean up duties to painting jobs to asking the fire department if it needs any assistance.
• Agreed to hold a public hearing on the city’s public nuisance ordinance May 6.
• Approved a text amendment to add a new zone (I-2 General Industrial District) in the industrial park (originally zoned I-1 light industrial) that would allow heavy industrial businesses by conditional use permit. Discussion on this issue surfaced recently with Interstate Energy Partners proposing to build a propane transfer station with rail spur in the industrial park on the south side of the city along the railroad line.
• Approved a feasibility study, at a cost of about $3,000 to $5,000, regarding expansion of the industrial park property.
• Learned officials from the city, St. Croix River Education District and the contractors involved in planning and building the new SCRED building in town will meet on Thursday to discuss resolving the sidewalk issue at the SCRED facility on Dana Avenue.
• Approved an agreement, as required by the Federal Airport Administration, indicating the city will contribute $5,000 a year to the Airport Operations Department. This amount covers the lease of the airport property for the sewer ponds of the city that were previously constructed on the site.
• Approved low bidder Nugent Sealcoating, Inc., of Rush City, to repair mainline cracks on the airport’s taxi way ($9,240) and crack repair on city roads ($5,050).