Preserving a legacy in Rush City

City agrees to change Field Avenue to Frandsen Avenue and extend it north across Fourth Street; dedication planned

Rush City has expanded on its recent decision to rename a portion of a street in honor of prominent businessman Dennis Frandsen.

On Sept. 23, city councilors passed an ordinance changing Field Avenue to Frandsen Avenue from County Road 7 south to the end of the industrial park. On Monday, they took it a step further by agreeing to extend Frandsen north across Fourth Street to First Street.

With the extension now affecting a residential area, however, Councilman Michael Louzek cautioned the city may field complaints from people who will be burdened by having their addresses changed.

“I’m all for (extending Frandsen Avenue),” he said, “but you need to think of that.”

Speaking in favor of the street name change and extension was James Ertz of the Frandsen Financial Corporation. He talked about Frandsen’s many contributions to the community and beyond through Plastech Corporation and other major business dealings to his many bank locations in small, outstate communities throughout the state.

“It’s a long-term memento to Dennis,” Ertz said of preserving Frandsen’s legacy. “I know the history of this town well and the development corporation when it was formed. The industrial park wouldn’t be there without Dennis Frandsen. In fact, I’m for renaming Rush City Industrial Park to Frandsen Industrial Park.

“Plastech has had some of its highest profits during the (economic) downturn,” he added, noting the industry has offered people good jobs.

Also discussed was a dedication ceremony for Frandsen and the street name change, which the city will start planning, City Administrator Amy Mell said.

In other news, the council:

• Approved St. Paul-based Dahlen, Dwyer & Foley Inc. to complete a special assessment appraisal, not to exceed $8,500, for improvement projects at the Brookside First Addition and Brookside Townhouse Addition developments.

• Approved a resolution authorizing the city to plow unopened or private roads in uncompleted subdivisions at Brookside Townhouse Addition. While the uncompleted roads have not been accepted by the city as public streets, state legislative action allows the city to plow those roads without running the risk of taking ownership of them for one year’s time.

• Passed a resolution supporting legislation that would authorize cities to establish street improvement districts to fund municipal street maintenance, construction and reconstruction.

• Learned from city engineer Barry Peters that some street, curb and sidewalk repairs, along with more drain tile work, are being finalized yet from the Fourth Street and County Road 30 turnback project.

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