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BLUE EARTH – The discussion of several topics concerning the city’s recreational facilities occupied a large part of the time of the Blue Earth City Council meeting on the evening of Monday June 7.
A group of citizens, including both adults and children, attended the meeting and spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting regarding the city’s tennis court plans.
The group feared that the tennis courts in Putnam Park would be taken down due to their poor condition.
Youth tennis coach Allan Hansen, Stacey Haase and Tina Prescher all spoke about the courts used by young people and families.
Mayor Rick Scholtes told the group the city plans to build eight new lots at the high school in partnership with the school.
“We have a committee looking at this”, said Scholtès. “We’ll probably still have something in Putnam Park, which could also be a few tennis courts, or pickleball and basketball courts.”
Scholtes said the city learned three years ago that the current six courts will only last three years, so the city has been working on plans to replace the courts.
Refurbishing existing courts could cost as much as $ 346,000. The cost of eight new courts has been estimated at $ 800,000 or more, but Scholtes said the committee needs to get exact cost figures within the next 60 to 90 days.
David Kittleson reported on another ongoing recreation area project, which is a single lane cycle path.
Kittleson said the trail is being built along the Blue Earth River on the north side of Leland Parkway, near the rest area at Main Street.
The 1.8 mile long trail winds along the river and is located on private land as well as on land owned by the city.
Council members and Kittleson spent some time discussing liability issues and concerns, but no decision was made at the meeting. City staff will investigate the matter in more detail.
In other matters during the Monday evening session, Council:
– I have reviewed the city dog ordinance and voted to make some changes. The council has increased the number of dogs allowed in a household from two to three.
More than three dogs in a household are considered to have a kennel and kennels are not allowed within city limits, according to the ordinance.
– Heard a report from City Engineer, Wes Brown of Bolton and Menk. Brown reported on the progress of the various street projects in the city, the Safe Routes to Schools project and a change order needed for the closure of the 2020 Sailor Street project.
Brown also reported that a grant application for possible street works on Giant Drive and another on Rice Street have not both been approved for state funding at this time.