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.
Deb Nygaard with her family — husband Mark and sons Robert and Jason — pose with their chickens, ducks and dogs. Nygaard said each week her flock yields five or six eggs per bird, and that duck eggs are particularly delicious. (submitted photo)
At the April 27 Mounds View City Council meeting, a city resident argued that the city should take a look at changing its ordinance that prohibits residents from raising farm animals — specifically, chickens and ducks.
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.
From left, New Brighton city manager Dean Lotter, council member Mary Burg, Mayor Dave Jacobsen, council members Paul Jacobsen and Brian Strub, parks and recreation assistant director Jason Hicks and parks and recreation director Sandy Breuer, cut the ribbon on nearly $700,000 worth of new facilities at the New Brighton Community Center. (Mike Munzenrider/Bulletin)
Just fewer than seven months of renovations at the New Brighton Community Center came to a ceremonial end the evening of April 28 with a ribbon cutting carried out by elected officials and city staff.
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.
Kathy Smith handles a new colony of honeybees with neither gloves nor hood. Smith said she enjoys the honey her Chisago City colony of bees produces, and said she always buys honey from the different international locales to which she travels, to taste the local varieties. She said buckwheat honey and orange blossom honey are particularly delicious. (submitted photo)
Mounds View rethinking chicken and bees, New Brighton to hold public hearing May 12
Mounds View's city code regarding what it considers farm animals — horses, cows, sheep, pigs, ducks, chickens and bees, among others — is cut and dry.
Raising them in Mounds View is "unlawful and a public nuisance affecting the public peace, safety, and welfare," according to city code 701.06, which the city adopted in April 2002.