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Stillwater City Council to Interview Ward 2 Applicants Jan. 12 at City Hall

The Stillwater City Council will interview the five applicants for the Ward 2 seat from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12 at Stillwater City Hall. The council will then discuss the interviews at the Jan. 20 Stillwater City Council meeting, and appoint the new Ward 2 representative. The new council member will be sworn in during the first meeting in February. Continue Reading →

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Commissioner Gary Kriesel Elected Washington County Board Chair in 2015

The Washington County Board on Tuesday elected District 3 Commissioner Gary Kriesel to serve as the board chair for 2015. Kriesel was elected in November 2004, and re-elected in 2008 and again in 2012. He retired from Xcel Energy (formerly Northern States Power) after 33 years and served two years on the Stillwater City Council. Kriesel is a U.S. Navy veteran and has been an active member in many civic organizations and on advisory boards of Washington County. During the beginning of Tuesday’s meeting, county commissioners Ted Bearth and Karla Bigham were sworn into office. Bearth was re-elected to the District 2 seat in last November’s election. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Swears in New Mayor, City Council

Ted Kozlowski was sworn in as Stillwater’s 51st mayor on Tuesday night. Council members Mike Polehna and Doug Menikheim were also sworn in to another term on the council. The fifth member of the council will be appointed later this month. Five applicants have applied for the open seat in Ward 2 on the Stillwater City Council. The applicants to complete Mayor-elect Ted Kozlowski as representative of Ward 2 on the council are: Jerry Clark, Tom Corbett, Sean Hade, Eric Hansen and Dave Junker. After interviewing the candidates, the council will make an appointment. Continue Reading →

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5 Candidates Apply for Ward 2 Representative on the Stillwater City Council

Five applicants have applied for the open seat in Ward 2 on the Stillwater City Council. The city of Stillwater accepted applications until noon on Dec. 29. The applicants to complete Mayor-elect Ted Kozlowski as representative of Ward 2 on the council are:

Jerry Clark

Tom Corbett

Sean Hade

Eric Hansen

Dave Junker. The newly sworn in council will decide on a time to conduct interviews of the five candidates and talk about the process moving forward during the Jan. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Selects J. Thomas McCarty as New City Administrator

J. Thomas McCarty is Stillwater’s new city administrator. After conducting interviews for five finalists, the Stillwater City Council selected McCarty, Eau Claire County Administrator since 1997, to lead the city. McCarty will take over as city administrator on March 9. “It’s just a great opportunity,” McCarty told the Pioneer Press. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Taking Applications for Ward 2 City Council Member Until Dec. 28

The city of Stillwater is taking applications for the open seat in Ward 2 on the Stillwater City Council until noon on Monday, Dec. 28. As of Dec. 16, the city has not received any applications. If the application deadline passes, Ted Kozlowski will appoint a resident of Ward 2 to complete his term on the council after being sworn in as mayor. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater City Council Chooses 6 Finalists for City Administrator Job

The Stillwater City Council has selected its six finalists for the city administrator position. The city council will conduct interviews next week (Dec. 19-20). The new city administrator will begin in early-February. The six finalists are:

Christopher Eng, director of business and economic development in Duluth and the executive director of the Duluth Economic Development Authority

Kandis Hanson, city manager in Mound

J. Thomas McCarty, county administrator in Eau Claire County, Wis. Continue Reading →

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City Council to Discuss Evaluation of Stillwater Log Jam 2014

The Stillwater City Council will hear an evaluation of the inaugural Stillwater Log Jam event during Tuesday night’s meeting. The council will also consider a revised contract for 2015. Stillwater Log Jam is scheduled to happen July 17-19. The Locals are looking forward to a “great event this year,” Brad Glynn said. There are a couple of things The Locals have to square away with the city before announcing their plans and improvements for 2015. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater City Council Seeks Input, Applications for Appointment of Ward 2 Representative

For the second time in less than 10 years, the Stillwater City Council will appoint a representative in Ward 2. The last time that happened was in 2006, when Ken Harycki was elected mayor and Adam Nyberg was appointed to the council. This time around, a Ward 2 resident will be appointed to mayor-elect Ted Kozlowski’s seat on the council. The City Council will take applications for the open seat until the end of December, conduct interviews and make an appointment. Kozlowski will be sworn in as mayor on Jan. 6. Continue Reading →

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A Plan is in Place to Remove the Minnesota Zephyr Trains from Downtown Stillwater by Dec. 15

The Minnesota Zephyr locomotives will be removed from the north end of downtown Stillwater by Dec. 15. The Stillwater City Council in September directed city staff to find a company that will move and store David Paradeau’s trains if he doesn’t move them in the next 45 days. The 45 days has passed, but the council agreed to a deadline extension as long as the trains are gone by Dec. 15. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater to Swear In 50th Mayor Tuesday Night

Stillwater will swear in its 50th mayor during tonight’s City Council meeting. As Star Tribune reporter Kevin Giles put it: “There’s the mayor who just left and the mayor who was just elected, and now there’s Mayor Mike Polehna.”

Polehna, a three-term city council member representing Ward 4, became mayor when Ken Harycki resigned Nov. 7 for “personal reasons.” The council will also officially accept Harycki’s resignation Tuesday night. “I know I only have 60 days. I want everybody to know I’m involved in the community, I’m approachable, trying to do what’s best for the residents of Stillwater,” Polehna told the Star Tribune. Continue Reading →

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City Council to Consider ‘Bridgeview’ for Name of Stillwater’s New Riverfront Park

The Park Naming Committee is recommending that Stillwater’s new riverfront park on the south end of downtown be named Bridgeview Park. The Stillwater City Council will vote on the committee’s recommendation  Tuesday night. This summer, the city of Stillwater initiated a park naming contest that drew more than 240 submissions. Last month, the Stillwater Parks and Recreation Commission selected a list of six finalists for the 17-acre park that will be located at the Aiple Barge Terminal property along the St. Croix River across from the Oasis Cafe. Continue Reading →

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Update: City Council Approves Winter Time Parking Ban in Downtown Stillwater

The Stillwater City Council unanimously approved a winter time parking ban in downtown Stillwater. Last month, the council tabled a proposal for a winter time parking ban to get feedback from downtown business owners. The winter time parking ban eliminates the odd-even parking restriction and create an on-street parking restriction in the Central Business District from 2 to 6 a.m. from November through March. The winter time parking ban would mean that during the winter months, downtown residents would have to use nearby parking lots, instead of on-street parking. The winter time parking ban would impact parking seven days a week from Nov. Continue Reading →

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It Appears the Minnesota Zephyr Will Leave the Station (Downtown Stillwater) by Year’s End

It appears that the two remaining Minnesota Zephyr trains will be removed from the north end of downtown Stillwater by the end of the year. The Stillwater City Council on Tuesday night directed city staff to find a company that will move and store David Paradeau’s trains if he doesn’t move them in the next 45 days. The city of Stillwater declared Paradeau’s locomotives a public nuisance in August after photos of kids climbing on the trains during Fourth of July were posted on social media. The council gave Paradeau a Sept. 29 deadline to remove them. Continue Reading →

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Update: City Council Grants Stillwater Family a Variance to Replace Their Fence

Update: The Stillwater City Council granted a Stillwater family a variance allowing them to replace a 6 foot fence along their property. Original Post:

A Croixwood family trying to replace an old, warn out 6-foot fence that stood along their corner property for nearly 30 years, is being told they can’t replace it. Jeff and Janet Parent are appealing a Stillwater Planning Commission’s denial of a 2 foot height variance request to install a new 6-foot fence along the side of their corner property located at 200 Edgewood Ave. The maximum height city ordinance allows in this location is 42 inches. The ordinance that prohibits 6 foot fences in the front yard or along the exterior side yard of a corner property was adopted by the City Council in 1994. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater City Administrator Will Leave Job in January

The city of Stillwater is in the market for a new city administrator. City Administrator Larry Hansen signed a separation agreement Tuesday night following a closed meeting with the City Council. “This was a mutual decision between me and the city council,” Hansen said. Hansen has been Stillwater’s city administrator for more than 12 years. “I am proudest that I was able to help the city through the great recession with minimal disruption in services,” Hansen said. Continue Reading →

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North Frontage Road Realignment Plan at Osgood Moves Forward with Land Acquisition

The North Frontage Road realignment project is moving forward. The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Sept. 9 approved the acquisition of land to realign the North Frontage road at Highway 36 and Osgood Avenue in Oak Park Heights. The roadway’s current intersection with Osgood Avenue will be closed, and the intersection will be moved north to align with the northern entrance with the Walgreens parking lot. The roadway will travel west through the Fury Motors land, and then turn south at Oren Avenue North (just east of Joseph’s), and reconnect with the current North Frontage Road. Continue Reading →

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Joseph Wolf Hotel Redevelopment Plans Continue

The Stillwater City Council granted an extension to the developers of the $9.4 million boutique hotel proposal for the Joseph Wolf building to meet a pair of requirements to receive TIF financing. The council gave Stillwater Caves LLC until the end of the year to provide evidence of mortgage financing or owner’s equity at the amount to fund the minimum improvements to the building and to submit binding construction contracts. In June, the council created a new TIF district to redevelop the Joseph Wolf Building into a 35-room boutique hotel, a restaurant and retail space. Representatives from Stillwater Caves LLC needed needed $1.5 million in subsidies to make the $9.4 million project happen. The revenue from TIF District 11 would be used for land and building acquisition, site improvements, and installation of public streets, sidewalks and parking facilities. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Looks Into Purchasing Palmer Property from Washington County

The city of Stillwater is looking into purchasing the former Palmer property from Washington County as an addition to the city’s park system. The council on Tuesday night directed City Attorney Dave Magnuson to look into purchasing the 17-acre lot located at the southeast corner of Highway 96 and Manning Avenue from Washington County, if Stillwater Township officials decide to walk away from their agreement to buy it. Washington County purchased the Palmer property earlier this year from Central Bank for $285,950. According to the joint powers agreement between Washington County and Stillwater Township, the county will retain a strip of land along Manning Avenue for additional right-of-way for future highway work and trail improvements. The rest of the land would be purchased and maintained by Stillwater Township for open space purposes. Continue Reading →

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Proposed Joseph Wolf Boutique Hotel Developers at Risk of Losing Subsidized Funds

The $9.4 million proposal to redevelop the Joseph Wolf building into a boutique hotel on the south end of downtown Stillwater is at risk of losing its TIF financing. The city of Stillwater created a new TIF district for the proposal to redevelop the Joseph Wolf Building into a 35-room boutique hotel, a restaurant and retail space. Representatives from Stillwater Caves LLC have told the city council they needed needed $1.5 million in subsidies to make the $9.4 million project happen. The revenue from TIF District 11 would be used for land and building acquisition, site improvements, and installation of public streets, sidewalks and parking facilities. But developers are having trouble meeting the requirements to receive the funding, Stillwater City Attorney Dave Magnuson told the council on Tuesday. 

The contract for the Stillwater Caves project has performance deadlines and conditions precedent to the city’s responsibility on the development contract, Magnuson said. Continue Reading →

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Construction of New South Lowell Park Restroom is on the Horizon

Construction of a new restroom facility in south Lowell Park will begin in the next month, and is expected to be done later this fall. Plans and specifications for the South Lowell Park Restrooms Project are complete, City Engineer Shawn Sanders told the council on Tuesday night. The project will go out to bid on Aug. 14, and presented to council on Aug. 19. The estimated cost of the restroom is $300,000. Continue Reading →

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Update: Stillwater City Council Authorizes TIF Funds to Complete Trail, Downtown Parking Improvements

The Stillwater City Council on Tuesday authorized the use of $170,000 in TIF funds to complete the improvements to the north Mulberry Parking Lot in downtown Stillwater. The plan calls for the reconstruction of the parking lot north of Mulberry Street, an access road from Laurel Street to the new parking lot and a trail from Laurel to Myrtle streets—providing a connection to the Browns Creek State Trail. This project will complete the parking lot improvements along the St. Croix riverfront in downtown Stillwater. “When estimating the cost of this project, the cost came in $170,000 higher than previously estimated,” according to city documents. Continue Reading →

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Lake Elmo OKs Plans for New Kwik-Trip

 

The Lake Elmo City Council recently approved plans for a new, 24-hour Kwik-Trip convenience store, carwash and gas station at the southeast quadrant of Hudson Boulevard and Keats Avenue North. Construction is expected to begin mid- to late-August.  

 

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Washington County Considers Restorations for St. Croix Boom Site

Washington County will work with the Minnesota DNR and MnDOT to administer federal funds to improve and restore portions of the Historic St. Croix Boom Site north of Stillwater. The County Board approved agreements with both agencies during June 24 meeting. The county has been asked to sponsor a federally-funded project proposed by the DNR to improve and restore portions of the Historic St. Croix Boom Site. Continue Reading →

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Update: Planning Commission OKs Stillwater Dog Park Proposal

The Planning Commission Wednesday night unanimously approved a proposal for an off-leash dog park in Stillwater. This post will be updated with more information soon. Updated from:

The idea for an off-leash dog park in Stillwater is getting closer to becoming a reality. The Stillwater City Council last week agreed to wave the fee associated with rezoning the former Dump Site space at Jaycee Fields (at the northwest corner of Deer Path and County Road 12) from residential to park and recreation space. The council did not take action to rezone the property. Continue Reading →

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Sign Up for St. Croix Battle of the Bands Contest in Lake Elmo

The St. Croix Battle of the Bands is back and will take place during the 38th annual Huff’n Puff softball tournament in Lake Elmo. The city of Lake Elmo is looking for 6 to 8 bands to compete by playing a 15-minute, 3-song set of covers or originals tunes. The bands will be judged on overall performance, technique, stage presence and crowd interaction and appearance/image. Submit a demo here or mail MP3 or CD format to City of Lake Elmo, Battle of the Bands, 3800 Laverne Ave. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Establishes New TIF District for Redevelopment of Joseph Wolf Building

The city of Stillwater will move forward with a plan to establish a new tax-increment financing (TIF) district on the south end of Main Street. The TIF funding will be used to facilitate the redevelopment of the Joseph Wolf Building into a 35 room boutique hotel, a restaurant and retail space. Preliminary bids on the development project were estimated at $9.4 million. Representatives from Stillwater Caves LLC have said they needed $1.5 million in subsidies to make the project happen. TIF revenue will be used for land and building acquisition, site improvements, and installation of public streets, sidewalks and parking facilities. No one spoke about the project during Tuesday night’s public hearing at Stillwater City Hall. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater City Council to Discuss Revised Expansion Plan for Water Street Inn

The Stillwater City Council will consider approval of a slightly altered plan for expansion of the Water Street Inn. City staff and Water Street Inn expansion project designer Roger Tomten and Chuck Dougherty have been working on a way to add 20 rooms, a rooftop patio and a signature clock tower to the Water Street Inn. It appears they may have struck a compromise. The Stillwater City Council on April 1 unanimously voted to conceptually approve amendments to the special use permit to build a rooftop patio and an 80-foot clock tower on the north corner of the Water Street Inn. The council tabled a request for a variance to the front-yard setback on Myrtle Street. Continue Reading →

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Lake Elmo’s New Water Main Line Included in State Bonding Bill

 

After 11 months of meetings with legislators, agency officials, and Governor Mark Dayton, the Minnesota House and Senate passed legislation that would award the city of Lake Elmo $3.5 million dollars in state bonding for a new water main line that will be installed along Inwood Avenue to the I-94 corridor. The line will allow the city to provide clean, potable water to residents affected by PFC contamination in the southwest quadrant of the city. The bill was the result of a bipartisan effort with Sens. Karin Housley (R – St. Marys Point) and Susan Kent (D – Woodbury) and Reps. Continue Reading →

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