Isanti City Council identifies development priorities

By Elizabeth Sias

Several projects in Isanti have been identified as priorities.

The Isanti City Council, during its meeting Tuesday, Oct. 4, identified the priorities as rail served industrial park, downtown redevelopment, a 30 to 50 unit hotel with indoor pool, and a medical clinic have been identified as economic development priorities in the 2011 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

The Isanti City Council approved the resolution to submit the CEDS to East Central Regional Development Commission (ECRDC).

The purpose of the survey is to identify economic development priorities that could qualify for federal EDA funding. The city of Isanti will return the survey by Oct. 12.


Performance Center

After the last city council meeting, the proposed Bluebird Park Performance Center project was put on hold in order to determine if Cambridge-Isanti Community Education would be able or willing to help schedule events in the performance center.

After sending a letter inquiring about their interest, Community Education Director Dave Maurer, along with advisory council chair Joseph Morin and Performing Arts Committee chair Roger Anderson, returned a letter to inform the city of their level of interest.

Community Education is interested in using the proposed performance center once or twice a summer and help promote shows, but because of a lack of additional time, staff and funds, the group would have minimal involvement.

“Our department, the same as cities and counties, has faced economic difficulties the past year or two and has made adjustments and reductions to meet them. As a result, we have little to no extra time to take on any additional scheduling responsibilities and we have no money to commit to your proposed Performance Center,” Community Education officials stated in the letter.

The performance center project has been put on hold indefinitely until the city can find partners.


In other action, the council:

• Approved the proposal for engineering services for the development of trail concepts for Legacy Park for a cost that will not exceed $3,500; the city acquired additional park and open space area within the northwest corner of the Villages on the Rum development, which is known as Legacy Park.

• Passed a resolution to amend the city code on residential property maintenance standards for refuse and recycling collection requirements. In nuisance garbage situations, staff has had difficulty with residents not having on-site collection of garbage and recycling. Under the amended code, residents are required to have on-site collection of garbage and recyclables. Garbage collection will be once a week and recycling a minimum of twice a month.