10 years and still no permanent place picked for Skateboard Park …
Nearly 10 years have passed since the Skateboard coalition began their mission to find a permanent home for a skateboard park. And they’re still looking. The Parks and Rec Board met last night to discuss options with a packed house of Board members, skateboarders, residents of the Village on the Cannon and as well as other members of the public. Board member David Hvistendahl said the Park Board was in agreement on the ranking of favored sites. Of the 3 mentioned, Riverside ranked first and Memorial second. The board will look into the YMCA site, however Hvistendahl felt that was too far out for many of the kids. Hvistendahl had nothing but praise for the skateboarders who he said were articulate and respectful yet stood their ground. He said they met with neighbors, organizations and the skateboarders periodically all summer. While there were no real incidents while the kids had their ramps set up temporarily at Riverside, noise was an issue with folks who live at Village on the Cannon. They would likely require sound deadening materials to be used for the permanent setup. The background noise from hwy 3 also helps minimize the sound. The area is convenient to The Key, where many of the kids take breaks. The Board will meet again in November and make a decision. He says these kids deserve an answer.
The Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Commission met last night. They discussed Cannon River development planning, the Spring Creek Townhome project and the Flood Plain ordinance amendment. The meeting is archived on kymnradio.net.
Redistricting forces Malecha to run again
KYMN continues it’s series of candidate interviews. Galen Malecha is a current Rice County Commissioner. Malecha grew up in Waterford township. He was on the Northfield City council for 8 years and a Rice County commissioner for 6. Due to redistricting many of the commissioners have to run again despite being only 2 years into a 4 year term. Malecha says, during his time as a Rice County Commissioner, they’ve been able to balance the budget through tough times. He cites economic development as another accomplishment. He brought up many businesses that have added to job growth for Rice County. He wants to talk with city leaders to help in economic development. While the county has no jurisdiction, they do have resources. Malecha’s complete interview is now archived online at kymnradio.net. Be sure to check our homepage for all the candidate interviews. Scroll down to listen to older entries. The first candidate interview was October 8th.
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