The Apple Valley City Council last week was expected to award a $6,437 contract to St. Croix Tree Service Inc. to remove 31 ash trees in the city next year.
Three other bids for the work were markedly higher, ranging from $11,500 to $14,450.
The trees that will be cut down will be on city rights of way. They were selected for removal because they were in decline or causing uplifting of sidewalks.
The project is part of the city’s effort to manage ash trees in the face of the emerald ash borer infestation. Apple Valley has about 2,500 ash trees on city rights of way.
The contractor will remove and dispose of each tree, cutting it off within six inches of the ground. The city’s public works division will grind the stumps and restore the boulevard area. The work is expected to be completed by the end of February 2014.
The item was on the council’s consent agenda last Thursday but undecided before the deadline for this section.
Art sought for ‘Heroes’ kids’ exhibit
Kids in grades 6 through 8 who live in Dakota County are invited to create an original work of art that explores the theme “Heroes of Today” and submit it for consideration in a new exhibit sponsored by the Dakota County Public Art Citizen Advisory Committee.
“Heroes of Today” is the fourth open exhibition of work by local artists sponsored by the public art committee. It will run February to August at the Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Av, Apple Valley.
Artists must live in Dakota County, and their artwork should be ready for hanging. Entries are limited to one per person. Digital images of submissions may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Jean Erickson at Dakota County Public Services & Revenue Division, 1590 Hwy. 55, Hastings, MN 55033, by the deadline of Monday, Jan. 7.
For a complete list of criteria for the “Heroes of Today” exhibit or to access a submission form, visit www.dakotacounty.us and search art exhibit. For more information, call 651-438-4286.
City wants feedback on cable services
As part of Eagan’s cable franchise renewal process, the city is asking for feedback from cable and non-cable subscribers on the quality of cable products and services, local television programming and how people get information about the community.
Comcast is seeking to renew its franchise that expires in January 2015. The city wants to document the public’s expectations to help it negotiate new or better standards into any cable franchise.