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Mabel City Council discusses mandatory house numbers


Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert

Several members of the community were present at the Mabel City Council’s public hearing to discuss the proposed house numbers. Others weren’t able to make it that evening, but spoke with City Administrator Karen Larson prior to the meeting. The opinions were predominantly positive, and people were supportive of making clearly posted house numbers mandatory. However, not everyone was in favor of being required to put up a city purchased and provided plaque. One resident asked that homeowners who already have a house number posted appropriately be grandfathered in so they won’t have to replace them or add another plaque. Several sample plaques were displayed at the meeting, with differing opinions on the favorites. Council member Laura St. Mary said that while she liked the idea of the plaques being available to the public, she didn’t feel that the city needed to buy one for every home, when many already have house numbers. The public hearing was closed after all the opinions were heard. Larson will continue to work on getting actual cost numbers for the plaques before the council decides anything.

Neil Schraeder and Amanda Webb from Hacker, Nelson & Co., P.C. reviewed the 2015 audit with the council so any questions they had could be answered. It was noted that the City of Mabel is ahead of the curve with water and sewer projects as they just finished theirs. Many cities in Minnesota will need to do repairs soon as well due to the age of the cities so it’s possible that the demand for contractors will increase. As Mabel has already completed their project, they will not have to compete.

Mabel resident Eugene Thomas presented the council with a letter he had written to them regarding the ordinance enforcement failures he and his wife have observed in Mabel over the last 10 years. He included pictures of a property with its yard in disarray that his home overlooks. “I’m not here to create an adversarial conversation,” he clarified. At some point down the road, he knows that he’ll sell his home, and he would like to be able to present Mabel in a positive light to potential buyers. “This has been going on for 10 years now,” Thomas said, adding that he has spoken to the city about this numerous times. The council members will take the next month to review his letter and suggestions before the August council meeting, at which time it will be discussed. Following the August meeting .....
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Mabel business owner questions sidewalk ordinance

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert “I’m going to try to get along with you even though I feel attacked,” said Debbie Marsden at the June 8 Mabel City Council meeting. Marsden, a Mabel resident and owner of Debbie’s Corner, was recently hand delivered a let ..... 
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Mabel Council approves resolution for TIF District

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met for their regular meeting on May 11 at 7 p.m. Mike Bubany from David Drown Associates was present for the public hearing portion of the meeting to speak to the council about the proposed tax increment financing, or TIF ..... 
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Mabel water and sewer project set to wrap up in May

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met for their regular meeting on April 13 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. Thomas Trehus was present at the meeting to introduce himself to the council. Trehus is running for Minnesota House of Representatives ..... 
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Kids Corner of Caledonia plans to expand to Mabel

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met for their regular meeting on March 9 at 7 p.m. One council member was absent. Mayor Jim Westby opened several bids for the building of the wastewater treatment plant shed. The council read bids which covered labor an ..... 
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Mabel encourages residents to apply for parking permits

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on December 9 at 7 p.m. Council member Terry Torkelson was absent. A public hearing was opened to discuss the sale of a property from Loren McCabe to Wayne Buxengard. The property had a house on it that had to be torn ..... 
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Mabel City Council discusses changes to parking ordinances

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on October 21 at 7 p.m. Mayor Jim Westby was absent. Pat Bailey from the Minnesota Department of Health was present at the meeting to discuss the development of a wellhead protection plan for the City of Mabel’s drink ..... 
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Semcac’s Senior Nutrition Program an asset to Mabel

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on September 16 at 7 p.m. Mayor Jim Westby was absent. Advisor to the Mabel-Canton junior class, Jordan Nelson, was present at the meeting along with the junior officers to ask permission to use the city streets and S ..... 
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Mabel ambulance crew deals with scheduling conflicts

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on August 12 at 7 p.m. Council member Liz Folstad was absent. Ambulance Director Neil Folstad reported to the council that Liz Folstad resigned from the Mabel Ambulance Service last week. Scheduling the EMTs and First ..... 
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