Public works chief announces retirement
Mendota Heights’s public works superintendent will retire at the end of May.
Tom Olund has worked with the city in some capacity since 1974, when Mendota Heights was about a third of the size it is now, officials said.
Olund’s retirement was announced at the May 6 City Council meeting, during which he was recognized for his four decades of service.
County chips in $900K for revival
Dakota County’s Community Development Agency has awarded about $900,000 to help revitalize five cities.
Burnsville: $250,000 to complete an expansion of the Heart of the City parking ramp, adding 40 to 45 parking stalls to the existing deck built in 2009.
Eagan: $90,000 for interior trails and signage in the Cedar Grove redevelopment area., including nicer, lit-up entrance monuments.
Lakeville: $188,000 to improve two public parking lots on Howland and Holyoke Avenues downtown. That includes landscaping, removing chain link fencing, building and reconstructing sidewalks.
South St. Paul: $114,000 to redevelop a former gas and service station, constructed in 1956 and was vacated in 2013. It js now dilapidated. A proposed redevelopment includes 5,500 square feet of retail space and off street parking.
West St. Paul: $250,000 to help buy and demolish a building at 81 E. Wentworth. The city has a plan to redevelop a 4.2 acre area at Robert Street and Wentworth.
Top cop leaving to take Maple Grove job
Eric Werner, Rosemount’s police chief the last two years, is leaving to take the same position in Maple Grove.
The Maple Grove City Council approved Werner’s appointment as the city’s new top cop at its May 5 meeting.