Briefs: Farmington offers to hold flood aid forum

  • Updated: July 26, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Farmington wants to be a temporary fill-in for the State Capitol.

State Rep. Pat Garofalo, a Farmington Republican, says his city should host a possible special legislative session to address spring flooding damage.

Gov. Mark Dayton requested federal-disaster aid and raised the prospect of a special session to approve additional state funds for repairs.

Garofalo and other civic leaders say the city’s high school has the space, technology and volunteers necessary to host 201 legislators. With the State Capitol in disarray due to renovations, the idea would ensure public access and save money at the same time, he said.

It’d likely be a first for Minnesota politics. The Legislative Reference Library found no evidence of any legislative sessions ­— regular or special — outside the Capitol walls since it opened in 1905.


City seeks help in cleaning up neighborhoods, streets

Officials in South St. Paul are hearing from folks about litter and trash in neighborhoods and streets. The city is asking for opinions on some sort of cleanup event.

Possibilities include:

• A City Hall-coordinated neighborhood cleanup on a certain day, using Nite to Unite block captains or others to coordinate.

• Each neighborhood organizing its own, but with city help.

There’s an online survey on the city website. Or you can call 615-554-3230 or e-mail if you want to participate in a neighborhood cleanup in the next month or two. Voting is open until July 31.

There’s also an “Adopt a Street” program. Check with the city to learn more.


Concerned about airport noise?

A chance to weigh in on airport noise is coming up this week.

What is being called the Twin Cities airport’s Noise Oversight Committee Public Input Meeting is 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Mendota Heights City Hall, 1101 Victoria Curve.

Topics include the annual nighttime operations assessment for the period from 2012 to 2013.

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