Peterson Park to get a pavilion as part of Eagle Scout project

Citing a need for shade and a place for relaxation, a local Boy Scout is looking to build a pavilion in Peterson Park in Cambridge for his Eagle Scout project.

Jacob Pasch, a 2014 graduate of Cambridge-Isanti High School and member of Boy Scout Troop 417, approached the Cambridge City Council during its meeting June 16 seeking permission to build a pavilion in Peterson Park, 310 16th Ave. SE, Cambridge.

Current amenities of Peterson Park include a softball field, playground equipment and paved trails. Pasch said he noticed the park doesn’t have any place to sit and relax, watch your children or seek shade from the sun.

Pasch said the pavilion he is considering is a 20-foot by 10-foot design. He explained in order to seek Eagle Scout status, he needs to complete a project for the betterment of the community.

“I really think this is something the park needs,” Pasch said. “It will be a great place for kids and parents to rest or seek shade when necessary.”

Pasch said after he obtains approval from the council, he will seek business donations for materials associated with the project.

He said he has a crew of family members and friends to help build the pavilion. He explained his father, and several of his father’s friends, have carpentry experience.

Pasch said he expects the pavilion will take about one weekend to build, and he hopes to start the project as soon as he obtains the needed materials.

Council members praised Pasch for his efforts.

“You are an absolute wonderful citizen for the city of Cambridge,” Mayor Marlys Palmer said.

Following discussion, the council gave permission to move forward with the project and permit the placement of the picnic-type shelter in Peterson Park. The council directed Pasch to work with the Public Works Department on the exact placement of the pavilion and needed materials.

Palmer encouraged Pasch to come back before the council when he knows the costs associated with the project and noted the council has previously donated to Eagle Scout projects that have benefited the city of Cambridge.


Animal Control Services

Cambridge Police Chief Tim Dwyer explained due to the resignation of animal control officer Marlene Skinner, the city sought proposals for animal control services.

Dwyer said after advertising for services, he received one proposal from Linda Franzen with Quiet Oaks Kennel in Isanti. Franzen was the city’s animal control officer prior to Skinner.

Dwyer explained the proposed contract from Franzen deviates from some of the language in the request for proposals with a contract reduction in “operating days and hours,” increasing the city’s after-hour pick-up costs.

Dwyer said Franzen’s proposed contract also adds fees for additional times and services, and defines additional contract terms and requirements the vendor is requesting from the Isanti County Humane Society and the city.

Dwyer said the contract with Skinner expires June 30. He said currently the city has a short-term arrangement with East Central Veterinarians.

Dwyer said the arrangement allows him time to meet with Franzen to discuss her proposed contract in more detail, pursue further options and to also meet with the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office to see what it’s doing, since Isanti County also contracted with Skinner for animal control services.

Following discussion, the council authorized Dwyer to further negotiate for animal control services and enter into a contract for animal control services that is in the best interest of the city of Cambridge.