Cambridge continues to pursue grant opportunities for City Park

The city of Cambridge is continuing to pursue grant opportunities to help fund proposed improvements to Cambridge City Park along Second Avenue.

During the Cambridge City Council meeting March 3, the council held a discussion with Barry Wendorf, who serves as Isanti County Parks Director and as an ex-officio member of the Cambridge Parks, Trails and Recreation Commission.

Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer declared April 6-12 as the Week of the Young Child in the city of Cambridge. Gathering for the proclamation were Kimberly Peno with Next Best Thing to Mom Child Care Center, Angie Kubesh with Child Care Aware, Maggie Hubbling with Head Start, Deb Krohn with Cambridge-Isanti Early Childhood, Council Members Lisa Iverson, Corey Bustrom, Howard “Howie” Lewis and Chris Caulk, and Lori Haigh with Cambridge-Isanti Early Childhood and the East Central Minnesota Reading Corps (parent to James and Abriana Haigh). In front center is Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer with children from Next Best Thing to Mom. Next to Palmer is Ellen Ross with her daughter Sharlene. Also pictured are Brandi Peno and Ashley Peno.

Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer declared April 6-12 as the Week of the Young Child in the city of Cambridge. Gathering for the proclamation were Kimberly Peno with Next Best Thing to Mom Child Care Center, Angie Kubesh with Child Care Aware, Maggie Hubbling with Head Start, Deb Krohn with Cambridge-Isanti Early Childhood, Council Members Lisa Iverson, Corey Bustrom, Howard “Howie” Lewis and Chris Caulk, and Lori Haigh with Cambridge-Isanti Early Childhood and the East Central Minnesota Reading Corps (parent to James and Abriana Haigh). In front center is Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer with children from Next Best Thing to Mom. Next to Palmer is Ellen Ross with her daughter Sharlene. Also pictured are Brandi Peno and Ashley Peno. Photo by Rachel Kytonen

Wendorf informed the council the city didn’t receive any funding from the latest round of Legacy Grant funds. He explained 29 applications were submitted, with only three receiving funding.

The city of Cambridge has received a letter from the Rotary Club of Cambridge-Isanti which said it would commit $20,000 for the first year upon award of the Legacy Grant and $5,000 per year for the next three years for the purpose of building an amphitheater in the City Park, for a total

commitment of $35,000.

Since the city didn’t receive the Legacy Grant funds, the council approved a motion to send the issue back to the Parks Commission to move forward with an application for an Outdoor Recreation Grant through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. It also directed the Commission to see if the Rotary Club would write a similar letter of support to the DNR to be submitted with the Outdoor Recreation Grant.

Wendorf explained the application for the Outdoor Recreation Grant is due March 28. He explained the grant is geared toward city park projects, and requires a 50 percent local funding match.

The council will have an opportunity to take final action on the grant application at its March 17 regular meeting. City Administrator Lynda Woulfe noted the city does have $574,932 in funding for general park improvements.

In August 2013, the city received a copy of the draft master plan for City Park. Some of the renovations to the park include an amphitheater, a disc golf course, a fishing pier, a pedestrian bridge, parking lots, a fire ring, open spaces, playground areas, restroom facilities, trails, picnic shelters and benches, gated entries and more. The proposed improvements carried an estimated price tag of $5 million.

 

In other news, the council:

  • Approved Cambridge Fire Department Officer Dave Matchinsky’s attendance at the National Fire Academy on behalf of the department. He will use his personal time to attend the class. The cost will be $167.
  • Approved a contract with Pyrotechnic Display to put on a July 4 fireworks display at a cost of $10,000.
  • Heard a presentation from District 911 representatives on the district’s strategic planning initiatives.
  • Heard a presentation from Isanti County Assessor Michelle Boen on determining property valuation.
  • Approved amendments to the 2013 general fund budget and 2014 general fund budget as requested by Finance Director Caroline Moe. Moe noted the amendments include a change in the budget for council action to prefund the rest of the northeast Industrial Park debt of $21,000 and the rest of Parkwood debt of $232,000 from the general fund to eliminate the need to levy for the funds in future years.
  • Heard from City Attorney Jay Squires that a code of conduct complaint was filed Feb. 10. The council will hold a special closed meeting prior to the regular meeting March 17 to discuss the matter. Any action will be taken in open session. Squires said the matter involves a person under the council authority.
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