Cambridge to receive federal aid for clean-up costs from July storm

By Rachel Kytonen

The city of Cambridge will receive federal funding to help off-set the costs associated with the July 1 storm that toppled thousands of trees and damaged hundreds of power lines.

During the Monday, Aug. 1, Cambridge City Council meeting, City Administrator Lynda Woulfe said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to Minnesota and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes during the period of July 1-11.

According to the July 28 press release issued by FEMA, federal funding is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes in the counties of Chisago, Isanti, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Pine, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Stearns, and Yellow Medicine and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

Woulfe said clean-up costs for the city are estimated at $82,000.

Public Works Director Steve Wegwerth said there are still some damaged trees in the city’s right-of-way that need to be taken care of, and some work to be done yet in the city parks, particularly Brown Park.

He said the city is asking the residents to get their clean-up efforts completed soon, and residents can still bring brush to the curb for pick-up. Wegwerth said the storm has put the city’s public works department behind schedule on other projects, and he’s looking forward to getting back to work on other needed projects.

Wegwerth again complimented the city residents during this process.

“Residents are being very appreciative of everything we have done, and we have had no complaints,” Wegwerth said. “We are just trying to continue to take care of things and get things wrapped up.”

Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer said during Gov. Mark Dayton’s visit to Cambridge on July 25, he was very impressed by how well the city has cleaned-up from the storm.

“The Governor wanted to make sure the word got out to the public works department about the job well done,” Palmer said.


In other action the Council:

• Approved a resolution approving the final plat for Lumberland Addition for Brad & Dad, LLC. The subject property has 3.36 acres and will consist of two commercial lots. The proposed plat is creating two lots out of four separate parcels. The council recently approved conveying the city owned cul-de-sac parcel adjacent to this parcel for the proposed development.

• Accepted the donation of two lots from Craig and Linda Moline for park dedication purposes. The lots are located off of Fern Street, adjacent to the city park. In exchange for their donation, the city will provide the Moline family with a tax donation letter for the appraised value of the property, approximately $50,000. The city will prepare the necessary paperwork, and pay all the associated costs for transferring the property to the city.