Isanti gears up for Aug. 24 street dance, car show

Isanti Mayor George Wimmer (far right) presented the Mayor’s July Great Yard Awards during the Aug. 7 council meeting. Pictured, from left, are Erika Zdon from Startac Construction Inc., who sponsored the $50 second-place award; second-place winner Yvonne Kennedy; Louise and Alan Duff from Duff Consulting LLC, who sponsored the $100 first-place award; and first-place winners Lavelle and Lydia Wallace. Not pictured is third-place winners Brian and Shannon Dobbick, whose $25 third-place award is sponsored by My Geeky Guy Inc. Photo by Rachel Kytonen

Isanti Mayor George Wimmer (far right) presented the Mayor’s July Great Yard Awards during the Aug. 7 council meeting. Pictured, from left, are Erika Zdon from Startac Construction Inc., who sponsored the $50 second-place award; second-place winner Yvonne Kennedy; Louise and Alan Duff from Duff Consulting LLC, who sponsored the $100 first-place award; and first-place winners Lavelle and Lydia Wallace. Not pictured is third-place winners Brian and Shannon Dobbick, whose $25 third-place award is sponsored by My Geeky Guy Inc. Photo by Rachel Kytonen

Downtown Isanti will be filled with folks enjoying cars and dancing in the streets in late August.

During the Aug. 7 Isanti City Council meeting, the council approved special event applications for a car show and street dance to be held Aug. 24.

The car show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the same time as the Pinewood Derby, which is put on by Cub Scout Pack 523. It’s estimated that 150 people will be in attendance for the events. There will be a $5 entry fee to the car show, with all proceeds to be donated to Family Pathways.

For the car show, the council approved a street closure from Main Street West from the railroad tracks to Second Avenue Northwest/Southwest. It also approved the closure of First Avenue and Second Avenue for one block north and south of Main Street West to the alleyways on either side.

The council also approved a special event request to hold a street dance from 7-11 p.m. that same evening. “Boogie Wonderland” will perform at the intersection of First Avenue and Main Street. An estimated 500 people will be in attendance, and the event is free. in_dance1

A beer wagon and food vendors will be present for the street dance. Alcohol sales will be monitored through the use of bracelets and law enforcement presence.

Street closures for the street dance include Main Street West from the railroad to Second Avenue Northwest, as well as First Avenue Northwest from City Hall to the alley behind Isanti Custom Meats and the Post Office.

In case of inclement weather, the street dance will be held at the Isanti Rodeo Grounds.

In other action, the council:

• Approved special event request for Wintergreens Golf and Grill to hold a fundraising event Sept. 21 for the Arms Reach organization for Battens Disease. The event will include a 5K walk/run, as well as fundraising activities at the restaurant from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Activities will include live music, as well as the sale of food and beverages.

• Approved the purchase of computers, monitors and Microsoft Office for $17,000. New computers will be purchased for the utility billing clerk, community events and parks coordinator, as well as for the Public Works water treatment plant and garage. It will also replace 10 Police Department computers purchased in 2003, as well as the City Hall laptop, and city administrator and community service officer computers.

• Approved a quote in the amount of $14,872 from J. Robinson Construction for the liquor store reroofing project.

Volunteers needed this Saturday—Volunteers are needed Aug. 17 to canvass the city of Isanti to collect signatures for a petition to keep the Isanti Community Center open. Volunteers are asked to meet between 8:30-8:45 a.m. at the Center. They will leave at 9 a.m., and return around 11 a.m. For more information email michelehansel@msn.com.

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