Even with a short advertisement for a police fundraiser, East Grand Forks City Council members held one of their quickest meetings in recent memory on Tuesday.
After tentatively approving four minor pieces of city business in a matter of minutes, Mayor Steve Gander noted that police and sheriff’s deputy unions from both sides of the Red River are set to host a “10-78” 5K run this weekend. The fundraiser is named after the radio code for an officer who needs assistance. The race begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, in a parking lot immediately west of the Sorlie Bridge in Grand Forks.
The four items council members preliminarily approved beforehand, in order, are:
A plan put forth by Sacred Heart Church to expand a parking lot into the former site of a city water tower. The lot sits at the corner of Fourth Street Northwest and Central Avenue Northwest. The church would be on the hook, financially, for replacing the lot if or when city crews need to access utility infrastructure below or near it.
A request by the Blue Line Club to rent the city’s VFW Memorial Arena in September for a hockey camp. The club is set to pay the city $9,250 in total to rent the space.
A request by the East Grand Forks Arts & Crafts Council to rent the East Grand Forks Civic Center and the Blue Line Arena for an annual craft show. The crafts council is set to pay the city $1,500 to rent those spaces. That rental fee is considerably less than the one the city is set to charge the hockey camp because the camp will require the arena to spin up its ice plants while the craft show is a “dry floor” event, according to East Grand Forks Parks and Recreation Superintendent Reid Huttunen.
A request to advertise a soon-to-be-open position in the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Jake Solberg, a “team lead” who oversees the city’s VFW Arena, is set to head up Crookston’s parks department later this month, and, with hockey season approaching, city staff asked for official approval to begin searching for his replacement.
In all, the meeting lasted about eight minutes. Council members are set to meet again on Tuesday, Aug. 17, where they’ll give final consideration to those proposals.