Isanti sets 2014 goals; police chief to retire

Hiring a new police chief, updating the city website and changing the sidewalk snow removal policy are a few of the city of Isanti’s goals for 2014.

During the Isanti City Council meeting Feb. 5, the council adopted its 2014 goals and approved resolutions relating to some of those goals.

One of the goals for 2014 include a police chief search due to the retirement of Police Chief Ron Sager.

Sager’s last day of work will be Feb. 27. Lt. Gene Hill will be appointed acting chief of police until a new police chief is appointed and reports for duty. Hill will be compensated an additional $1 per hour for taking on the police chief duties in the interim.

The city’s 2014 goals also included updating the city website. The council approved a resolution awarding a contract to Linden Web Design to update the city’s website for an amount not to exceed $6,500.

The council also approved a new snow removal sidewalk policy, which also was a 2014 city goal. The new policy  states the city will remove snow from all public sidewalks during 2-inch or more snowfall events.

Sidewalk systems in private association areas remain responsible for snow and ice removal in accordance with city code.

Downtown sidewalks from the railroad tracks on the east and traveling west to the intersection of Main Street and Second Avenue will be given priority, followed by sidewalk routes leading to schools.

Other 2014 goals include creating joint planning meetings with Cambridge and Isanti townships regarding compatible land usage and common control boundaries; County Road 5 (Heritage Boulevard) traffic study; street light infill (phased plan for budget consideration); Community Center and parking lot improvements; economic development efforts to diversify and increase the tax base and maintain city standards.

In other action, the council:

Accepted a $400 donation from John and Bonnie Schlagel to be used toward the Sales Force Partner Communities License (Greater MSP).

• Approved the purchase of city shirts, the replacement of shirts for select employees and the allocation of costs to the applicable departments.

• Approved a local gambling permit to the Rotary Club of Cambridge-Isanti, or Rotary International District 5960, for a raffle to be held at Spectacular Events Banquet Center in Isanti March 27.

• Approved a resolution offering the part-time code enforcement-zoning technician position to Sean Stevens. The position will not exceed 20 hours per week, and Stevens started in the position Feb. 7.

• Approved a resolution authorizing the advertisement of one maintenance technician position for the Public Works Department.

• Approved management training for the finance director and community development director. The classes will be offered through Anoka Ramsey Community College- Cambridge Campus.