When we were kids, my sisters and I sat with Grandma and Grandpa Streelman at their kitchen table pitting cherries with old-fashioned hairpins after going to the orchard earlier in the day to pick the fruit.
A trailhead rest area, a loop of 10-foot-wide bituminous trail, overlooks, natural surface trails and habitat restoration are planned for the Snail Lake Marsh area off the Highway 96 Regional Trail in Shoreview. A previous version of the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation plan for the area featured more paved trails. This addition to the nearly 9-mile-long Highway 96 trail is yet a ways off — funding and planning for it will have to wait until both the Ramsey County Board and Metropolitan Council sign off on it. (courtesy of Ramsey County Parks and Recreation)
County seeking to expand trail into Snail Lake Marsh area
Shoreview recently gave some input and the go-ahead to Ramsey County Parks and Recreation to move forward with an amendment to its Highway 96 Regional Trail Plan that concerns expanding trails into the Snail Lake Marsh area.
The Shoreview City Council discussed what they'd like to see happen on the 47 acres of land around the marsh that is owned by Ramsey County at its May 18 meeting.
In the minutes before New Brighton's May 12 city council meeting, residents packed City Hall hoping to have a chance to speak at a public hearing for or against a proposed ordinance that would regulate raising chickens in the city. The meeting turned on its heel when Mayor Dave Jacobsen proposed staff draft a ban on all fowl in the city, which was approved with a 3-2 vote. The council will vote on the ban May 26. (Mike Munzenrider/Bulletin)
Council changes course at public hearing on ordinance regulating chickens
The dam broke nearly three hours into New Brighton's May 12 public hearing on an ordinance to allow and regulate fowl in the city, with a change of course that left some shocked and even more silent as the standing-room-only crowd filed out of the council chambers.
Quiet zones will be created at crossings along a stretch of railroad tracks just over 2.5 miles long, going from southern Shoreview down the west side of Little Canada at a cost of nearly $2 million, funded by the state. Safety improvements like crossing arms will be installed at the crossings, making it no longer a requirement for crossing trains to use their horns. From the top marked by dots, crossings will be improved at North Owasso Boulevard, Jerrold Avenue, Woodlyn Avenue, South Owasso Boulevard, Little Canada Road, Demont Avenue, County Road B2 and County Road B. (courtesy of Google Maps)
Railroad should complete work by early 2016
Almost a year after the Minnesota Legislature set aside nearly $2 million intended to lessen the noise at railroad crossings in Shoreview and Little Canada, deals are in place to move forward with railroad quiet zone plans.
Shoreview approved deals with the state and the railroad at its May 4 council meeting and Little Canada is expected to do the same during a rescheduled council meeting on May 11, after the deadline for this edition of the Bulletin.
The planned County Road F detour won’t be needed until the project, to replace the county road’s bridge over Interstate 35W, is re-bid next month. (submitted graphic)
Arden Hills residents and commuters have long expected driving dramatics in the city this summer — so much so that Mayor David Grant referred to the situation as "The Bridges of Ramsey County" — though, readers can drive a little easier, for now.