The Forest Lake City Council has appointed Molly Bonnett to fill a temporary vacancy created when Council Member Jeff Klein resigned.
Klein’s term would have run to Dec. 31, 2016. Bonnett’s seat will be on the Nov. 4, 2014, ballot. She can run for election for the remaining two years of the office.
Bonnett, 37, is a substitute teacher and married mother of four.
Watershed district has new member
Jill Lucas of Afton will serve on the Valley Branch Watershed District for a three-year term expiring Nov. 13, 2016. The Washington County Board made the appointment Oct. 8.
Watershed district governance, required by state statute, helps to control or alleviate damage by floodwaters; improve stream channels for drainage or navigation; reclaim or fill wet or overflow lands; oversee water supply for irrigation; regulate the flow of streams; divert or change water courses; provide and conserve water supply; and provide for the protection of groundwater and regulation of groundwater use.
Oak Park Heights
Fly-ash landfill turned park renamed
The site of the former Moelter Pit fly-ash landfill that has been re-invented as a 40-acre park and playground will be renamed Oak Park Crossing.
After asking the public’s help in naming the park, Oak Park Heights City Council picked the winning name, entered by Shelby Zeuli, a local high school student. The contest was open to those under the age of 17.
The park, which has a playground and 1.3 acres of trails, was built atop a landfill that was used to store fly ash from the nearby Allan S. King plant. Its owner, Xcel Energy, capped the landfill in 2011.
City praised for its affordable housing
Oakdale is among the top U.S. cities for affordable housing, according to a recent survey by Money Magazine.
The city ranks 15th on the list, sandwiched between Largo, Md., and Willoughby, Ohio. Among its main attractions, Money said, are the availability of “a range of jobs, from blue collar to executive positions” at nearby 3M and Imation, as well as its extensive public park system.
“Homes in town are very reasonably priced, even for the Midwest, said [Mayor Carmen] Sarrack. Townhouses cost about $80,000, while a two-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot home on a golf course goes for about $400,000,” the magazine said.
According to Money, the median price of a home in Oakdale was $130,000 in 2012.