Movies in the park coming to Otsego

by Dawn Feddersen- Poindexter
Contributing writer

The Otsego City Council passed a resolution limiting garbage collection to Thursdays at the council’s regular meeting Sept. 24. The measure will come into effect Jan. 2.

City Planner Dan Licht told the council that the move would help with snow removal, street maintenance, and also improve quality of life by limiting the noise and inconvenience of garbage trucks being in the community to one day a week.

Also at the meeting, The Bank of Elk River presented the city with a $4,000 donation. The money will help fund the 2012–13 Movies in the Park series and the 2013 Splash and Play events. The first Free Friday Nights at the Movies will take place Friday, Oct. 5 at Prairie Park, where they will be showing “The Lorax” on an inflatable movie screen, also donated by the bank.

“They really help make these nice events happen. It’s a good thing for the community,” said City Administrator Lori Johnson.

Skating rink to get lights in time for winter

Looking ahead to winter outdoor activities, the council approved a bid of $7,100 to install a light pole with four flood lights next to the planned skating rink north of 90th Street and east of City Hall to extend the rink’s hours of use. The council has also discussed moving the sledding hill to the same area so the new light was designed to illuminate both the rink and the proposed sledding hill.

Probation meetings held at Prairie Center

With the move of city offices to the former Public Works building, now City Hall, the council was concerned about the Wright County sheriff holding probation meetings in the Prairie Center. Johnson met with representatives from the sheriff’s office and received assurances that the meetings would pose no risk to the community.

“They’re very careful as to which types of offenses are allowed to go to satellite facilities,” said Council Member Vern Heidner.

The council was assured that only Otsego residents on probation for misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor offenses were being seen there. Currently, 13 Otsego residents are on probation for these types of offenses and only 10 are allowed to have their probation meetings at the Prairie Center. The other three are required to go to the Wright County Government Center because they did not pass a risk assessment. Offenders are escorted in and out of the facility and their appointment times are staggered to prevent them from lingering within the facility.

Johnson also assured the council, “We can discontinue this at any time.”