In the minutes before New Brighton's May 12 city council meeting, residents packed City Hall hoping to have a chance to speak at a public hearing for or against a proposed ordinance that would regulate raising chickens in the city. The meeting turned on its heel when Mayor Dave Jacobsen proposed staff draft a ban on all fowl in the city, which was approved with a 3-2 vote. The council will vote on the ban May 26. (Mike Munzenrider/Bulletin)
Council changes course at public hearing on ordinance regulating chickens
The dam broke nearly three hours into New Brighton's May 12 public hearing on an ordinance to allow and regulate fowl in the city, with a change of course that left some shocked and even more silent as the standing-room-only crowd filed out of the council chambers.
Quiet zones will be created at crossings along a stretch of railroad tracks just over 2.5 miles long, going from southern Shoreview down the west side of Little Canada at a cost of nearly $2 million, funded by the state. Safety improvements like crossing arms will be installed at the crossings, making it no longer a requirement for crossing trains to use their horns. From the top marked by dots, crossings will be improved at North Owasso Boulevard, Jerrold Avenue, Woodlyn Avenue, South Owasso Boulevard, Little Canada Road, Demont Avenue, County Road B2 and County Road B. (courtesy of Google Maps)
Railroad should complete work by early 2016
Almost a year after the Minnesota Legislature set aside nearly $2 million intended to lessen the noise at railroad crossings in Shoreview and Little Canada, deals are in place to move forward with railroad quiet zone plans.
Shoreview approved deals with the state and the railroad at its May 4 council meeting and Little Canada is expected to do the same during a rescheduled council meeting on May 11, after the deadline for this edition of the Bulletin.
The planned County Road F detour won’t be needed until the project, to replace the county road’s bridge over Interstate 35W, is re-bid next month. (submitted graphic)
Arden Hills residents and commuters have long expected driving dramatics in the city this summer — so much so that Mayor David Grant referred to the situation as "The Bridges of Ramsey County" — though, readers can drive a little easier, for now.
A house fire the evening of April 18 on the 1400 block of Pinewood Drive in Shoreview spread to two neighboring houses, damaging all three, though no injuries were reported, according to the Lake Johanna Fire Department.
Bethel University's Dillon John of Shoreview finished in the top ten among golfers which put him on the All Conference Squad for Golf in the M.I.A.C. this past season. John is a junior at the Arden Hills school.
In the coming months the North Suburban Communications Commission will work to hammer out a cable franchise deal with CenturyLink, potentially bringing a second cable TV provider into the area, alongside Comcast.