Isanti to host state qualifying soccer tournament

R.J. Sauvageau (center) with CenterPoint Energy presents a $2,500 check to Isanti Mayor George Wimmer (right) and Isanti Police Chief Gene Hill (left) during the June 3 council meeting. The funds, through the Community Partnership Grant, will be used to purchase eight body-worn cameras for police officers, an automatic electronic defibrillator and a 3M Opticom light for police squad cars. Photo by Rachel Kytonen

R.J. Sauvageau (center) with CenterPoint Energy presents a $2,500 check to Isanti Mayor George Wimmer (right) and Isanti Police Chief Gene Hill (left) during the June 3 council meeting. The funds, through the Community Partnership Grant, will be used to purchase eight body-worn cameras for police officers, an automatic electronic defibrillator and a 3M Opticom light for police squad cars. Photo by Rachel Kytonen

It will be a busy weekend in Isanti the second weekend in July and continuing into the next week.

During the Isanti City Council meeting June 3, the council approved a special event application for the Cambridge-Isanti Soccer Club to host the North District Girls State Qualifying Tournament.

The tournament will be held from 7 a.m. to dusk July 12-17 at the Isanti Soccer Complex, 950 Third Ave. NW.

There will be approximately 10,000 people in attendance, including players, coaches, tournament staff and spectators. Parking for the event will occur at the soccer complex.

The Soccer Club will hire an on-site first responder, and additional restroom facilities will be provided. Cleanup will be done by volunteers of the Soccer Club.

As was the case last year, Isanti Rodeo Jubilee Days activities will coincide with soccer events. A rodeo performance is scheduled for the evening of July 12 at the rodeo grounds.

In a memo to the city, Isanti Assistant Fire Chief Al Jankovich noted parking and traffic circulation between the two events went smoothly last year and requested the same procedures be followed again this year.

The council also approved a special event request for a run-walk to be held Sept. 27 at Isanti Intermediate School and School for All Seasons.

The third annual Bluejacket 5K and 1-mile walk-run will be open to participants of all ages. The event will take place from 7:30-11:30 a.m., with a start time of 9 a.m. Race day registration and race number pick-up will take place between 7:45-8:45 a.m.

Money raised from the event will help cover the costs of the race, as well as create a scholarship fund for Isanti Intermediate and School for All Seasons students. Nonperishable food items will also be accepted the day of the race and given to local food shelves.

Youth games and food will accompany the event, and a disc jockey will be playing soft music. The estimated number of people in attendance is 150-200.

The group has requested assistance with the event for fire, security and emergency responder services. The group didn’t request a road closure, but requested the police be present to assist with crossing runners on Heritage Boulevard Northeast and Eighth Avenue Northeast from 9-10:30 a.m.

In other action, the council:

• Heard from City Attorney Clark Joslin and Mayor George Wimmer regarding the outcome of a recent personnel meeting to discuss a grievance regarding a tuition reimbursement from a member of Law Enforcement Labor Services of Minnesota. Joslin reported the city and the union were unable to reach an agreement, and the union has filed the next step in the process, which is binding arbitration. An arbitration meeting will be held at a later date. Joslin said, from a city perspective, there isn’t any funding in the budget to allow for the type of reimbursement being requested. Wimmer said the grievance involves, “tens of thousands of dollars.”

• Heard concerns from residents regarding mosquito control. Wimmer explained he and Council Member Dan Collison have done some research on the issue, and different options are being explored. Wimmer said the options will be brought forth at the June 16 council meeting.

•  Authorized the Isanti Police Department to help co-sponsor the Youth Bike Rodeo June 21 at the Isanti VFW.

• Approved the purchase of a 2015 Ford Interceptor utility all-wheel drive pursuit vehicle. The cost of the vehicle is $25,947 through Midway Ford in Roseville, with funding to be provided by the police capital replacement fund. The 2008 Dodge Charger pursuit vehicle was declared as surplus property to sell at a public auction through Wayne Pikes Auction Services in Princeton.

• Approved a memorandum of understanding between the Isanti Police Department and Cambridge-Isanti School District for the School Resource Officer Program.

 

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