Area residents and business owners can attend one of two public meetings to discuss Hwy. 36 and Hwy. 95 bridge construction. The meetings will take place on March 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Oak Park Heights City Hall, 14168 Oak Park Blvd. N.
Project staff will be present to discuss this year’s construction schedule, which includes utility installation and trail construction. Information about the Wisconsin highway approach and actual bridge work on the St. Croix River also will be available. Representatives from the city of Oak Park Heights and Washington County will share information about additional local road construction projects occurring in the area.
During construction this year, Hwy. 36 and Hwy. 95 will remain open, as will access to businesses and residences. Hwy. 36 traffic will be confined to a single lane in each direction between Washington/Norell Avenue and Hwy. 95 for all of the 2014 construction season, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.
St. Paul Park
Longtime Heritage Days organizer resigns
Just as it seemed that things could be settling down with St. Paul Park’s annual Heritage Days celebration, preparations for this year’s festival have hit another snag.
Jim Domeier, a longtime organizer who had wavered between staying on or resigning as manager of the event, has decided to step down after all. Domeier announced his decision after the Feb. 18 City Council meeting, after an earlier disagreement over creative control.
Domeier had decided last year to quit as manager of the celebration but later told city officials he planned to return.
City Administrator Kevin Walsh said last week that the City Council will hold a workshop next month to consider how best to proceed.
“I know the Lions Club was interested at one point,” he said, in organizing the three-day event. “I think if nothing else, the city could do it.”
Child protection panel needing new members
The Washington County Citizen Review Panel is seeking new members. The panel is an advisory group that meets monthly with the mission of “citizens partnering with child protection services advocating to keep children safe.”
Panel members volunteer to work with child-protection staff of Washington County Community Services and the state of Minnesota. Members analyze trends, provide a citizen’s perspective of the child-protection system, recommend changes and resources, and promote cooperation among community resources and child-protection service agencies.
The panel currently has eight members who serve two-year terms. They are eligible to serve up to three two-year terms.
Anyone interested in becoming a member can apply by calling Don Pelton at 651-430-6631 or e-mailing him at Don.Pelton@co.washington.mn.us.location.
County Road 5 study topic at open house
Residents can attend an open house March 11 at the Stillwater Public Library to comment on a study exploring improvements to County Road 5 in Stillwater.