June 16, 2018
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Meet the Candidates
The League of Women Voters hosts an evening for you to meet your City Council candidates and hear what they say about the issues that affect you. Come meet, greet, and learn more about the people who want to represent you.
Meet the City
Council Candidates
Thursday, July 26
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Public Library Foot Room
AT-LARGE: Bill McKinley, Alan Muller, Christopher Nelson, Ralph Rauterkus, Laurel Stinson, Tony Wiech
WARD 1&2 COMBINED: Stephanie Elsen, George Hintz, Dean Hove
WARD 3: Becky Norton, Ted Seifert
WARD 4: Erin Buss, Burke Murphy, Ernest Stone
Chat with the Mayor
Listening Sessions
Public Library Main Area
Tues., June 19, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Wed. June 27, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Tues., July 10, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Stop by the library this Tuesday between 10:00 and 11:30 to talk with Mayor Sean Dowse about what’s on your mind. As the City puts together its annual budget for 2019, Mayor Dowse wants to hear from you to help set the budget priorities. What city services are working for you? What do you wish could be better? Do you have questions about how the budget gets decided and how much is spent in different areas? This informal time is for you to have a personal conversation, give your feedback, and get your questions answered. See you at the library!
Take a Splash
Hold onto your sunscreen--this is exciting. A new splash pad is being built at the Athletic Field! This fabulous, fun play area is a generous gift from the Red Wing Area Fund so a big round of applause goes to this local philanthropic foundation. The play area will be completed in late August and open to people of all ages and abilities . Soon when you head to the Athletic Field, you'll want to remember your suit and towel!
Sidewalks for All Abilities
You have a few more days to take our sidewalk survey and tell us where you think accessible sidewalk ramps should be installed first. So far, downtown is the majority's top priority. Federal law mandates that whenever we do a street reconstruction project, or new construction project, sidewalks and curbs need to meet guidelines in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read a draft of our ADA plan here ,  which lays out how we'll meet those guidelines across the city over time. Then, give your feedback on the plan by clicking here or attend the City Council meeting on Monday, June 25 and provide public comment. Based on that input, we'll finalize the ADA Plan in early July and continue the work. Thank you!
Can You Find It?
This intriguing historical marker lies tucked away within the city limits and recalls a place where more than 1,500 residents of all ages lived over the course of a century. Do you know where it is? Start hunting!

Click here to tell us your answer, and you might win one of our summer prizes. We'll report the answer and winner in the next issue of City Beat.
Free Park Programs
Want to learn how to plant a pollinator garden? How about learning survival skills like starting a fire or tying a knot? Then you need to connect with the Red Wing Park Naturalists . They're on a mission to get more people into parks--and that means you! They've created a summer schedule full of FREE activities for outdoor explorers of all ages. Check out their events calendar , follow them on Facebook , or send them an email . Come on, everybody, it's summer. Let's go outside!
Thank Goodness for Green Thumbs
Red Wing's Master Gardeners volunteer group has been keeping Red Wing pretty for years. This current team of 34 members works to beautify big parks like Colvill Park's Discovery Garden, Pottery Pond's Rain Garden, and Bay Point Park's gardens, along with sprucing up tiny spots like the pocket garden at the corner of 3rd & Plum Streets. In 2017 alone, the crew volunteered 2,445 hours. Make sure to thank these wonderful volunteers next time you see them around town. To learn more or to join the Master Gardeners, visit here .
Voting 101: How to Vote Absentee

If you can't get to the polls on Red Wing's two upcoming election days of August 14 and November 6, you have two other options for voting.

A) Go to either Red Wing City Hall or the Goodhue County Government Center 46 days or less prior to an election. (That's June 29th or later for the Special & Primary Election and September 21 or later for the General Election.) Voting this early means your ballot will be placed in a secured series of envelopes and delivered to the County.

B) Direct ballot vote at the Goodhue County Government Center up to seven days prior to the election. Direct balloting has some benefits:
--Your ballot is placed directly into a counting machine and is immediately counted;
--You can verify your ballot was properly filled out and accepted by the counting machine;
--You can avoid the hassle of placing absentee ballots in envelopes.

Absentee voting begins June 29 for the Special and Primary Election, and September 21 for the General Election.

City Work Available
We're looking for new employees. Click here to read what's available now.
Step by Step: Taking Environmental Stewardship to a New Level
We're celebrating! Red Wing is one of only 10 cities in the state to reach the top tier of the notable GreenStep Program. This voluntary challenge outlines 29 best practices in multiple areas of environmental sustainability such as lighting, land use, and community development. On Monday, June 4, MN Department of Commerce Commissioner Jessica Looman visited to congratulate some of the folks who worked so hard to reach this goal. Let the progress continue! Read the article here.
Born to Run, Jump, and Learn
Hop and skip your way to Pine Valley Park this summer (located in the Gernentz-Burton-Pioneer Road neighborhood). Kids and adults will love the new Born Learning Trail, written in both English and Spanish. The trail features 10 activities to help boost brain and body development while having a whole lot of fun. Kids can learn their shapes, numbers, and letters while getting active. Thanks to our local United Way, Live Well Goodhue County, & Dawnbreakers Kiwanis for their leadership and funds on this project. To learn more about the Born Learning Trail click here .
Public Comment & Public Hearings:
Ways to Share Your Opinions
Upcoming Opportunities:

City of Red Wing Advisory Planning Committee
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, June 19 @ 7 p.m.

City of Red Wing City Council Meeting
Monday, June 25 @ 6 p.m.
Agenda forthcoming.
We welcome and encourage you to come to any City Council meeting or city board/commission meeting that piques your interest.

Public Comment periods happen multiple times during meetings. The first opens up at the start of a meeting when you can speak for a few minutes on any issue. If you want to address an item that's already on the agenda, just wait until that time slot and you'll get your chance to speak.

Public Hearings are similar but are mandated by the state; many deal with zoning issues and most happen at either Advisory Planning Commission meetings or City Council meetings.

Want to see public hearings and public comment periods in action? Two chances are coming up on June 19th and June 25th at City Hall. If you've never attended a City Hall meeting, you're personally invited. Come join us!
Tune In at Home or Away
You can watch city meetings live as they're happening directly from our website anytime. Just go to www.red-wing.org, click the button labeled "Channel 6," and enjoy the live stream on any device. To watch a Council, board, or commission meeting after it's happened, simply click here and scroll down to Archived Videos. Then find your meeting from the list, scroll to the right side of the screen, and click "Video." One note: Most browsers work except Chrome so make sure you're using another browser to watch.
Sunny Meadow Park Goes for a Swing
Have you been to Sunny Meadow Park? This small pocket park sits at the intersection of Frances Avenue and Sunny Meadow Lane. As sweet as this little spot is, it's missing something--swings! We'll be adding some this summer so even more fun is on the way.
Who Takes Care of All These Parks?
Spotlight: Patrick Ramaker, Public Works
Keeping Red Wing’s 38 parks and playgrounds in top shape is no small feat. It keeps Patrick Ramaker, Superintendent of Building and Grounds, busy year-round. Patrick handles every aspect of our parks, keeping them safe and well-maintained. With small children of his own, Patrick gets a lot of satisfaction working to make a park fantastic and seeing the young, and young at heart, enjoy it. Thanks, Patrick!
We'll Save You a Seat
You're invited to these workshops, meetings, and events
Red Wing School Board
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, June 18 @ 5:30 p.m.
Physical & Mental Health Action Team of Red Wing 2040
Public Library Foot Room
Tuesday, June 19 @ 11:30 a.m.
Advisory Planning Commission
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, June 19 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sustainability Commission Workshop
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, June 26 @ 5:30 p.m.
Sister Cities Commission Workshop
Public Library Foot Room
Wednesday, June 27 @ 5:00 p.m.
Mayor's Listening Session
Planning for the 2019 Budget
Public Library - Main Floor
Tuesday, June 19
Anytime between 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Sheldon Theatre Board
City Council Chambers
Tuesday, June 19 @ 5:15 p.m.
Red Wing City Council
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, June 25 @ 6:00 p.m.
Red Wing Charter Commission
City Hall Council Chambers
Wednesday, June 27 @ 3:00 p.m.
Save the Date: Meet Your City Council Candidates
Public Library Foot Room
Thursday, July 26 @ 6:00 p.m.
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