City Council Meeting – January 21, 2020
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. All members were present.
1. League of MN Cities – Officers from the League spoke thanking the Mayor and Council for their support and success at the Legislature regarding issues all around the state. Local and elected officials represent The League in cities nationwide.
2. Historical Society - Three members of the Society presented the Council members with their newly published book, “Places in the Park”. The book preserves and highlights the history of St. Louis Park. Copies are $20. To sign up for their bimonthly newsletter RE-ECHO, go to www.slphistory.org.
1. 2020 Pavement Management Project in Fern Hill
The project includes new curbs, gutters, sidewalks, sewers, water main replacements, all considered to be public improvements. The street width will be decreased to 28 feet. New trees will be added where possible and a only two trees that interfere with sidewalks will be removed. The project will start in May and finish in Nov. 2020.
Eighteen people stood to protest this project. Most residents live on Basswood Street and asked the Council not to change their street. There were many reasons they objected to sidewalks and the change in street width.
The Council will make a decision on this project at the Feb. 3rdCouncil meeting.
2. Parkway Residences and Alley Vacation.
The project includes four sites for a new Planned Unit Development (PUD) located south of the Parkway 25 Residence. The low density buildings currently on the site will be redeveloped to high density housing. Current residents will be relocated.
This new development requires eliminating an alley on 31st St. West between Inglewood & Glenhurst Avenues. No one spoke to this issue.
RESOLUTIONS, ORDINANCES, MOTIONS AND DISCUSSION ITEMS
1. Four motions were submitted for adoptions concerning the Parkway Residences Redevelopment Project. All four were passed unanimously by the Council.
2. Holy Family Academy Expansion, 5925 W. Lake Street between Alabama and Zarthan Avenues.
The project director showed a map of the new addition to the school.
Two additional items were listed on the agenda, but this observer left the meeting at 9:00 p.m.