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Spring activities, trail sign and new AEDs discussed at Whalan’s May city council meeting

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The town of Whalan, like all the other towns and villages of the Bluff Country region, is showing signs of life and activity after a cold, challenging winter, and that was apparent in a number of items discussed last Monday evening at the May city council meeting.

With the Stand Still Parade just a few days away (it will take place this Saturday, May 17), the council also approved a liquor license for the Whalan Softball Tournament that is scheduled for July 4-6, 2014. The council expressed its gratitude for a recent donation of sand and limestone for the ball field.

The new Whalan brochure is expected to be ready very soon, perhaps even by parade time, Wes Harding told the council. The new communication piece will be used locally and state-wide to let people know about Whalan’s tourist amenities and activities.

The new Whalan trail sign will also be in place soon, a project made possible by support from Tri-County Electric. All the trail towns—including Whalan—will be receiving these upgraded and more weather-resistant signs. Whalan’s sign will be located near the location of the present sign. There will be a sign dedication ceremony, with acknowledgement as well of Tri-County’s key partnership role in making this project possible.

Residents, tourists, visitors and bikers will be even safer this year with the news that the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office will soon provide two automatic electronic defibrillators (AEDs) for the city of Whalan. The council discussed that emergency life-saving equipment, including where the best locations for it will be. One AED will be placed in the Whalan Town Hall and one will be near the trail in the plaza/gazebo area. AEDs can be used for people suffering sudden cardiac arrest, and have proven to be very effective in emergency, life-threatening situations.

The Whalan Council also re-visited the run-off water problem near Butch Culbertson’s property. Council members have been assessing the situation, and a number of fixes are being discussed. It was decided to table the matter until more options can be researched.

A local resident asked the council for an extension on an excavation permit that she needs at her home. Snowplow damage is being repaired, but recent rains have delayed the work. The council approved the extension until August.

Inspections of Whalan yards and properties have taken place recently to determine compliance issues. Three letters of non-compliance have been sent out. Property owners in those situations have 30 days in which to bring their properties to compliance. If that deadline is not met, the matter becomes a law enforcement issue and is out of the city’s hands.

It was noted that the American Legion will be holding an event in the Whalan Town Hall on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

Filing for open positions on the Whalan City Council will begin on May 20. There are three positions open: mayor (two-year term) and two council seats (four-year tems). Individuals can file for those positions through June 3. Those interested in filing should contact Whalan City Administrator Lolly Melander.

Activities at the Whalan Stand Still Parade on Saturday, May 17, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The parade will take place from 11 a.m. to noon. Great music entertainment will take place all day, including Walter Bradley and Steve Arnold, the Winona Area Barbershop Singers, the Rutabaga Brothers, and the CBB Jazz Combo. The parade features great food (served and sponsored by the Whalan Lutheran Church), craft work, children’s activities, a pie-eating contest (sponsored by the Aroma Pie Shop) at 1:30 p.m., contests (including a “Duck Pluck” and “Bed Races”), and more. This year’s theme is “Back to Our Roots,” a celebration of Norwegian heritage.

The next meeting of the Whalan City Council will take place on Monday, June 9, 2014, at 5 p.m. in the Whalan Town Hall.

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