Mayor's Message February 2021 Edition

The Council has been discussing a number of different issues at our work sessions and Council Meetings this past month.

We are looking at expanding the Park Commission to include seven members. This will afford more opportunity for residents to get involved. We are also considering adding “Events” to the Commission’s responsibilities, making it a “Parks and Events Commission.”

The City Council re-appointed Sarah Hussain to the Parks Commission. The Council also appointed Hal Goldstein as alternate one and Nancy Richeson as alternate two to the Parks Commission.

Two Planning Commissioners were sworn in and took the Minnetrista Planning Commission Oath of Office on January 21, and their term as a Planning Commissioner began at the meeting on January 25. Damian Young was re-appointed for his second term and John Sturgess was newly appointed for his first term as Planning Commissioner Commissioner.

Congratulations to all the new members and thank you to all our Commissioners for your time and commitment to our city!

We have continued our discussions and approvals for our 2021 Local Street Improvement project. The plans and specifications will be going out to bid shortly, keeping us on track for the spring/summer construction season.

We recently found out that Mediacom was awarded the 2021 Border- to- Border grant through the Minnesota DEED grant program. They will be expanding broadband in the north- eastern part of Minnetrista, up to and into Ox Yoke Circle, along Halstead and Farm Hill Drive and Northview Drive. This project has an estimated completion date of December 2021.

At our second work session in January, the Council started discussions on how the city can help promote more reliable broadband for the entire city, but especially in our rural areas where many properties are underserved. This will be a standing agenda item at every 2nd work session (3rd Monday) of the month and continue to be a priority.

In the 2021 budget process, City Council approved new police squad car and body cameras for our public safety department to replace the current system which is past its life expectancy. City staff was able to make this vital equipment purchase under budget.

Allie Polsfuss, the Director of Administration, has been working on redesigning our city website. Please check it out. If you have comments or suggestions let us know.

Some of you may have already heard that we are postponing 2021 Trista Day indefinitely due to the on-going pandemic. We will be monitoring the situation to determine if we can safely hold it at a later date.

Stay Warm!

Your Mayor,