May 1, 2020
April showers bring May flowers. And a new edition of City Beat brings you all the latest City news!

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Memorial Park: The View We All Love
The view from Memorial Park's main overlook is one we all treasure, but the area around it has grown tired and rundown. As an anniversary service project, the Noontime Kiwanis Club has raised funds from community donors to help create an updated overlook that provides more space, safety, and seating for everyone. Through public outreach efforts, the design has gone through multiple revisions, with residents weighing in on what they like and what they want for the future. Last month, Council unanimously approved a pedestrian-focused, accessible design that features a circular plaza and amphitheater-style seating with three parking stalls and an additional adjacent parking area. Based on more recent community feedback, the plan is being further evaluated to find ways to incorporate views from the parking area. An updated plan will be provided at the Council's May 11 meeting . You'll find details here, including the plan and a Memorial Park history.
Supporting Small Businesses
An update on the Port Authority's grant/loan program
50 local small businesses will be getting financial help thanks to the Red Wing Port Authority. At its last meeting, the Port Authority approved nearly $480,000 in Small Business Emergency Grant/Loan Program funds to local businesses. The funds are currently being distributed, and the Port Authority will continue to evaluate more ways to support Red Wing's businesses.
Board of Appeal & Equalization Meeting May 12
Magnifying glass hovering over the word appeal
If you are a homeowner who would like to appeal your home's valuation and classification, the upcoming Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting is the place for you to start. Representatives from Goodhue County and the Red Wing City Council will meet virtually on May 12 at 5:30 pm to hear from area property owners. This local board serves as the first formal step in the appeals process for taxpayers, and every property owner is invited to join in. If you'd like to participate, contact the Goodhue County Assessor's office prior to the meeting so they can have your documents ready in time for review during the meeting. Otherwise, you can watch it live through the City's website or on cable Channel 6.

Contact Lavon Augustine
Goodhue County Assessor
1 Library + 1 Book Club = 2 Big Announcements
Good news, bibliophiles! The Red Wing Public Library has two exciting announcements:
Every Monday through Thursday, tune in to the Library's Facebook page or the City's YouTube channel to follow along as staff read Kate DiCamillo's Because of Winn-Dixie , the first book of the One Book | One Minnesota statewide book club. You can even read along with Randy, Megan, Cyd, and other Library staff with a virtual book.
Image of tightly stacked colorful books
While the Library is still closed to the public, it is now able to offer limited curbside pickup! Send in an email , fill out the online form , or give the library a call at 651.385.3673 with what material you'd like and they'll arrange a curbside pickup time. Learn more on the Library's website and be sure to thank our awesome library staff.
Striving for Sustainability
Did you know that the Red Wing 2040 Plan has a goal to reduce 80% of carbon emissions by 2040? Earlier this week, the Sustainability Commission held a special meeting to discuss Red Wing's current greenhouse gas emission levels and the Commission's energy goals in its Climate Action Work Plan (CAWP) with Great Plains Institute. While Red Wing has been a long-time leader in environmental and energy initiatives, there's still room for improvement. See where we are now and what we can do to meet our sustainability goals for the future.
Housing Help During COVID-19
Housing continues to be one of the greatest concerns to many local residents during this time of COVID-19. This week the City Council voted unanimously to help assist those at risk of losing their housing due to hardships from the pandemic. The Council voted to shift $25,000 originally budgeted to the Rental License Program (which is now being planned to start later in 2021) to a special segment of the United Way Response and Recovery Fund specifically for helping people stay in their homes. If you wish, you can read the report. To give to the general fund, you can donate here.
Thank You, Mask Crafters!
✨ 900! ✨

That's the number of masks that were donated in just four hours during last Saturday's statewide homemade mask drive at Fire Stations 1 and 2. The masks will be distributed to staff and reside nts of local congregate living facilities, like nursing homes.

Still want to donate?

The Red Wing Police Department will continue to accept donations of clean, homemade masks. If you would like to make a donation, call Captain Bray at 651.267.2611. The RWPD has asked that donations be made in batches of 100 or more masks to limit officer and community exposure.
Photo of firefighters wearing PPE in the background behind a sign that says Thank You and an image of a mask
Photo of firefighters wearing PPE accepting a donation from a red SUV
Mental Health Month in Red Wing
Blue head with multicolored brain and words May is Mental Health Month 2020 against an orange background
May is Mental Health Month in Red Wing and cities across our state. As a matter of fact, 1 in 5 Minnesotans face a mental illness every year. Mental Health Coalition Teams in Red Wing are working to improve community mental health by expanding access to services, planning outreach, and creating new resources to build resiliency and allow easy access to what we need for optimal well-being. For information on our local Mental Health Coalition, contact Goodhue County's Maggie Cichosz. You can read the Red Wing 2040 Community Plan's mental health goals here.
Farmers Market: Drive-thru Edition
The Farmers Market is a go in Red Wing this summer, but it will look a little different from what we're used to. The Red Wing Area Farmers Market will be offering a drive-thru style market, where customers can call ahead with their orders and drive up to get them. The Farmers Market will operate in this style on weekends from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. beginning in June through at least July 1st. The new process for the market was discussed and approved at the last City Council meeting. Fresh summer produce is on its way!
All in a Day's Work
Photo of Evidence CSO LuAnna VonBargen in uniform
From the annual Bike Rodeo to her seasonal safety messages, LuAnna VonBargen has been a familiar face with the Red Wing Police Department. Now, after 17 years with the RWPD, she's retiring from her position of Evidence Community Service Officer. "We wish LuAnna the best in her retirement," says Police Chief Pohlman. Due to COVID-19, an open house to celebrate LuAnna's retirement will be scheduled at a later date.
We'll Save You a Seat (at home)
Harbor Commission Meeting
Meeting held virtually
Tuesday, May 5 at 7:30 a.m.
Bridge Update
Meeting held virtually
Tuesday, May 5 at 12 p.m.
Port Authority Meeting
Meeting held virtually
Tuesday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m.
Heritage Preservation Commission Meeting
Meeting held virtually
Wednesday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m.
Public Library Board Meeting
Meeting held virtually
Monday, May 11 at 4:30 p.m.
City Council Meeting
Meeting held virtually
Monday, May 11 at 6 p.m.
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