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Spring water, signs and new brochures highlight Whalan’s April council meeting

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

Signs of spring were on the agenda at last Monday night’s monthly meeting of the Whalan City Council. One of those signs was concern about melting snow running where it probably shouldn’t; another was an effort underway to inform more people about upcoming events to encourage more visitors to enjoy all that Whalan has to offer.

Last fall a new Whalan brochure was created in time for use at a regional meeting where Mayo Clinic’s “Destination Medical Center” was previewed to local citizens and tourist organizations. The initial printing of 1,000 copies has gone fast, and there’s a need to make more available. Wes Harding, a member of the Taste of the Trail Committee, asked the city council to use this opportunity to expand that brochure, and also to offer financial support to the project.

“We want to go to a three-panel design, instead of the original two,” West explained. “That will allow us to add information about two other popular Whalan events: the Candlelight Ski and the softball tournament.”

New design work and printing costs will run about $360, the council learned, and the brochure will be printed on heavier paper stock by a firm in Decorah. Harding asked the council for a donation of $200 for the new, expanded brochure. Other donations have already been received, and local businesses will be given an opportunity to support the project as well.

“Advertising pays,” said Harding. “We place these Whalan brochures in places like the Lanesboro Visitor Center, Rochester, Peterson and Rushford. We were visiting northern Minnesota last year and met someone who knew about Whalan through one of our brochures. They become another tool to use to promote our town and its special events.”

After some discussion on the matter, the Whalan City Council voted 3-2 to approve the $200 donation towards the new brochure project. A request was also made for local people who might have pictures of the softball tournament and/or Candlelight Ski to share those for the design of the new brochure.

(While asking for that donation, Harding explained that the Taste of the Trail Committee—due to the success of recent fundraisers—will not be asking the Whalan Council for a donation this year. “We are becoming more self-sustaining,” he said.)

The nine Trail Towns, including Whalan, are also working on having a new map for placement on the trail in the various towns. Sponsored by funding from Tri-County Electric, signs will be offered to each town. Each town will have an individualized logo added to the signs, which will be made on aluminum, instead of the wood signs that are currently in place. There will also be a place on the sign where local events can be publicized. It is hoped that the new Whalan trail sign will be in place by this year’s Stand Still Parade.

Butch Culbertson addressed the Whalan City Council at the April meeting to discuss water run-off issues on his property near 2nd Avenue. High spots are causing large quantities of water to form large pools, and are leading to some localized minor water problems in various buildings. “With snow melt and rains it can look like a little river when it gets flowing,” said Butch, and he asked the council to consider options for dealing with the situation. The council agreed to research the situation and to come up with a decision by next month’s meeting on how to fix it.

Other business

•Local residents are again reminded that if they want to question recent property tax assessments in Whalan they are invited to talk to representatives of the Board of Appeal & Equalization at the Fillmore County Assessor’s Office in Preston this month. The Board is available April 21-24 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•Donations were reported:

1.The DNR will once again donate $500 to Whalan for local mowing needs.

2. Ace Communications will donate $250 for the Stand Still Parade.

3. Tri-County Electric will donate $450 for the Stand Still Parade.

•The Whalan Council approved spending up to $700 to purchase a dolly to help lift the sander off the town truck in the interest of safety for all involved.

•This year’s Stand Still Parade in Whalan will be held on Saturday, May 17.

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