The Wyoming City Council discussed a variety of topics at its Aug. 22 meeting.
Mayor Lisa Iverson asked Public Safety Director Paul Hoppe to discuss the success of the “narc box” or medication collection box, in the lobby of the police station. The box provides a free and safe place for area residents to dispose of unused medication. Hoppe said that the first day it was open there was a “steady line of people.” Since then it has been well received and well used, he said. Meadows on Fairview, an Ebenezer Cares facility, is one area organization that utilizes the box. Disposal is handled through Chisago County and there is no cost to residents.
Public Works Supervisor Chuck Almhjeld spoke to the council about updating the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, which is used to manage the city’s lift stations and monitor when their pumps start or stop. The update requires the Windows 10 computer operating system, but Wyoming’s Public Works Department uses Windows 7, and their computers can’t run the updated program. Almhjeld said upgrades in the amount of $8,380.35 were budgeted in 2019 through the water and sewer enterprise funds. There are 13 lift stations, eight of which are on the program currently.
“They all communicate by radio,” Almhjeld said. “The goal would be to get them all on the same control system.”
The department’s goal is to get all of the city’s lift stations on the system within the next five years.
“If you figure out how many gallons the pumps pump, you can measure how much water was pumped,” he said, noting that the information gleaned helps better pinpoint where there’s a problem in the lift station system. “If you have a water main break, your gallons will go way up.”
The council voted to approve the acquisition of a right of way on the southern portion of Railroad Park for a pedestrian trail as part of the 2021 Minnesota Department of Transportation resurfacing project at the site. The cost of the acquisition was $12,450.
The development includes a U-shaped trail from the Sunrise Prairie Trail to the water fountain and bike repair station (once it is installed) and back to Sunrise Prairie Trail.
The council also approved the creation of a site plan for Swenson Park in preparation for applying for a Department of Natural Resources grant. Proposed projects for the park are the replacement of hockey boards and making it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
City Administrator Robb Linwood said that new composite boards can cost $80,000 to $100,000. He added that sometimes used boards are available, but they are snapped up pretty quickly.
“The boards are going to be the biggest driving force,” he said.
If received, the DNR grant is a matching grant.
Iverson added that making the park ADA-compliant was important to her.
“This is an opportunity to create a park that everyone can utilize and use,” she said.