November 11, 2020
Today, Wednesday, Nov. 11, City facilities will be closed to observe Veteran's Day and honor those who have selflessly served our country. Our gratitude extends beyond a single day, though--we are grateful to you always.
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
Digital speed sign with the City of Red Wing logo
...because there were new Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) to keep it safer! Residents have been expressing concerns about pedestrian safety along two busy neighborhood roadways, and City Council listened. Now the intersection at East 7th and Bluff Streets, and the crossing on West Maple Street near Featherstone Road, will each receive RRFBs. When pedestrians press the button, the flashers will light up and alert drivers that pedestrians are crossing. East 7th will also receive an electronic monitoring speed sign. Installation is being scheduled, based on the weather.
Students Join the Youth Commission
Eleven students joined Red Wing's new Youth Commission Monday night when the City Council approved all of Mayor Dowse's recommendations. Students in grades 8 through 12 filled out applications and interviewed for the positions. Red Wing, let us introduce your new commission: Molly Bradly, Deyahni Cooper, Devon Copley, Alainn Hanson, Rachel Hauschildt, Kayleigh Hoppman, Matthew Lu, Gavin Magill, Allie Meyer, Nora Meyer, and Kaylee Snider. The new Youth Commission staff liaison, Helen Korbel, will help guide the commission as it starts its work in early December. Welcome, everyone!
A Beautiful Thank You
During his time as Mayor of our city, Sean Dowse has worked tirelessly to advocate on behalf of our community. This year, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities presented him with its Excellence in Service Award for his dedication to Red Wing. To recognize Mayor Dowse for this high distinction and add their own thanks, some of Red Wing’s residents came together to make a video of their own. Take a minute to see for yourself the impact Sean Dowse has made to the people of Red Wing.
Red Wing Charges Ahead
Photo of a hand charging an electric vehicle
It's official--Red Wing's public electrical vehicle charger program has been extended. In 2018, the charger in the mural lot at the corner of Plum and Third Streets was the state's first municipally-installed charger for electric vehicles. Today, thanks to funding from local downtown businesses, the charging station is still free for public use for at least two more years, charging vehicles from as far away as Aptos, California, and helping bring more business to Red Wing. The project was spearheaded by the Red Wing Sustainability Commission in strong partnership with the Chamber of Commerce. "This program has really worked as advertised," said Council member Evan Brown. "It's done what we asked, and the [Sustainability Commission] has done a lot of good work figuring out how to manage it in the future."
City Budget Taking Final Steps
City Council members stepped closer to a finalized 2021 budget at its workshop last week. The City continues to reduce its expenditures and find ways to assist residents dealing with Covid-19 hardships. Council will vote on a final budget at its Truth in Taxation meeting Monday, December 7 at 6 p.m. For more details about the budget, view last week's meeting, or review all of this year's meeting videos and materials. Share your thoughts about the budget with City Council members by emailing them here. Questions? Email Administrative Business Director Marshall Hallock.
Election Results by the Numbers
Across the country, citizens turned out to vote in record numbers, and the same is true right here in Goodhue County. The county has an unofficial number of 28,759 ballots cast this year--that's almost 3,000 more than were cast in 2016! This year's local election results will be made official by the City Council on Friday and two new faces will join Red Wing's city government: Mike Wilson as our mayor and Andy Klitzke as the new Ward 2 representative on City Council.
Skating Season is Around the Corner
Image of a pair of white ice skates hanging against a blue wall
While many of us are braced for incoming cold weather, the drop in temps is good news for skaters. The outdoor ice skating rinks at the Athletic Field and Carol Ann Pirius South Park have been groomed and prepped by Public Works and now just need the ground to freeze. Once there have been a few weeks of below-zero temps, crews can flood the rinks and the skating season will begin. Make sure to dress warmly when you go, though, as the warming houses cannot open this year due to COVID-19 precautions. Watch for outdoor rink updates on the City's website, social media, and of course, right here in City Beat
We'll Save You a Seat (at home)
Human Rights Commission
Special Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Thursday, November 12 at 6 p.m.
City Council Special Canvassing Board Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Friday, November 13 at 5 p.m.
Sheldon Theatre Board Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Tuesday, November 17 at 5:15 p.m.
Advisory Planning Commission Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Tuesday, November 17 at 7 p.m.