The New Brighton Department of Public Safety’s DWI officer’s squad car, purchased last year through the DWI Officer Grant program, is designed with stealth in mind, in regards to the squad’s darker, less conspicuous graphics, according to deputy director Tony Paetznick.(submitted graphic)
It’s been one full year since the New Brighton Department of Public Safety was awarded a grant providing it the funds to dedicate one full-time officer to patrol the city’s streets for drivers inebriated or otherwise under the influence.
Successor recruited from within the department
John Ohl has worked with the St. Anthony Police Department in varying capacities for the past 33 years. At the age of 55, and after 11 years as chief, Ohl has decided it’s time to move on. He’s set to retire June 3.
New Brighton posts its water conservation status on signs at high-traffic entry points into the city, such as on Silver Lake Road. (Mike Munzenrider/Bulletin)
Warm weather and well work main concerns
With unseasonably warm weather and a return of outdoor water usage for gardens, car washes and kiddie pools just around the corner, New Brighton set the city’s water conservation status to yellow, as of March 11.
The city supplies residents with water pumped from underground aquifers, and according to city manager Dean Lotter, two of the city’s four wells require preventative maintenance, which he said should be done now, rather than later.
The yellow conservation status means New Brighton residents using municipal water will not be permitted to water yards and gardens between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. and will be required to follow an odd/even sprinkling ban. Residents will also be prohibited from filling swimming pools or washing cars.
Solar panels were recently installed on the roof of Chippewa Middle School. Five more Mounds View schools, including Island Lake, Pike Lake, Pinewood elementary school, and Irondale and Mounds View high schools will have panels installed by the end of the year. (submitted photo)
Some roofs are meant to do far more than protect a building from weather, critters and a beating sun.
According to Chippewa Middle School principal Rob Reetz, some roofs do all that and generate energy as well.
The Ramsey County Library Board will meet Wednesday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ramsey County Library in North St. Paul, 2300 North St. Paul Drive. A library board subcommittee will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Shoreview’s former Rainbow Foods location will become the area’s first Kowalski’s Market near the end of the year. The Shoreview City Council approved building plans and will pay for a turn lane off Highway 96 to make the grocery store more accessible. (Jesse Poole photos/Bulletin)
City will contribute $1.4 million in TIF to help move
The path is paved for Kowalki’s Market to settle in Shoreview after the city council finalized plans for the Woodbury-based grocery store chain to move into the former Rainbow Foods location at Highway 96 and Hodgson Road.
“We finalized the final plat, all of the development agreements and everything on Monday,” Mayor Sandy Martin said of the city’s moves at the March 7 city council meeting.
Kowalki’s new location is the 1990s-era 68,000-square-foot building that was left empty when Rainbow’s parent company, Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., pulled out of the Twin Cities in July 2014.