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City council preview: What's on Monday's agenda

The city of Farmington could get $30,000 off of this playground equipment to put in Rambling River Park.

The next regular meeting of the Farmington City Council will be held Monday, Sept. 20, beginning at 7 p.m. Here's a look at what's on the agenda:

• Recognition of public works supervisor Bill Weierke, who is retiring from the city of Farmington.

• A proposal to purchase new playground equipment for Rambling River Park will be considered. Farmington Parks and Recreation director Randy Distad has received an offer to purchase playground equipment that will be on display at the National Recreation and Park Association convention this fall. Since it is part of a display, the equipment, which would ordinarily cost $89,881, will be for sale at a discounted price of $59,427. Funds for the equipment would come from the park improvement fund, which currently has a balance of $178,000.

• A proposal to adopt new franchise fees for gas and electric utilities in Farmington. Under the terms of the agreements with Minnesota Energy Resources, Dakota Electric Association and Xcel Energy, residents would see the additional charge on their monthly statement. The additional charge would be $1.60 per month, or $19.20 annually. The money generated from the franchise fees would generate an additional $400,000 for the city of Farmington. Those funds would be put to the annual seal coating projects.

• Council members will not discuss potential cuts to the 2011 city budget at this meeting, but will schedule their next budget workshop.

• The city of Farmington will announce its plans for the ribbon cutting ceremony at Schmitz-Maki Ice Arena.

• The Farmington City Council will go into a closed, executive session to discuss labor relations. According to city administrator Peter Herlofsky, contract negotiations for several of the city's union employees will be discussed.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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