Isanti gears up for August celebration

A full day celebration will be held Aug. 12 in the city of Isanti to replace the Two Cities, One Community event that had been held the previous two years.

Isanti Mayor George Wimmer informed the council at its March 7 meeting that the Cambridge City Council has decided to not fund or participate in the Two Cities, One Community event in 2017, but the city would still like to host an event utilizing the Cambridge-Isanti Bike-Walk Trail and community wellness fair in Bluebird Park.

City staff revised the event as a full day community celebration to be held Aug. 12 in conjunction with the last street dance of the summer and the Rum River Rods Summer Spectacular Car Show, which consists of a car show, vendor fair, parts swap, pie eating contest and kids games. In addition to the 5K timed race, family bike ride and wellness fair, which was originally budgeted and planned for as part of the Two Cities, One Community event, a citywide scavenger hunt will be launched on June 24 and end on Aug. 12.

City staff has estimated expenses for these events to be approximately $9,200. Including the previous budgeted funds for the Two Cities, One Community event, there will be a net $6,475 unbudgeted remaining. Following discussion, the council approved the unbudgeted funds for the Aug. 12 event and the citywide scavenger hunt.

Wimmer explained there is no fee for the 5K race, and medals are provided to the top three finishers in the adult and youth categories. He mentioned the wellness fair is also free, but the vendors or organizations are asked to provide a free children’s game or activity.

“We are trying to keep as much of the same format to make it as welcoming and a celebration as best we can with it,” Wimmer said. “We really want to try to keep that same kind of atmosphere so we can have something where people can get out and enjoy the community.”

Wimmer explained a scavenger hunt will also be held that will consist of residents looking for clues in the parks system and other areas within the city. The top 100 people who finish the hunt will get a prize, and then those 100 will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize drawing.

“We are trying to take ideas and things we’ve had from different places and make it an event that will really highlight the community for everybody,” Wimmer said.

In other action, the council:
• Approved changing the location of the Isanti Family Farmers Market from Eagle Park to the open space north of the Isanti Liquor Store parking lot at 400 West Dual Blvd.

• Approved on-sale and Sunday liquor license renewals for Rum River VFW 2735, Wintergreen’s Golf and Grill and Junction Bowl and Whistle Stop Bar & Grill. Wimmer noted the VFW made some really good progress this past year on cleaning up some issues they were having and worked well with the city and the Police Department.

• Approved a pawnshop license renewal for Northern Pawn Inc. Wimmer noted he hasn’t heard anything negative on Northern Pawn and they are an “incredibly responsible business.”

• Approved a bid in the amount of $4,783 from Steel Structures for repairs to the roof of Isanti Indoor Arena.

• Authorized registration of city of Isanti and Isanti Parks logos with the Minnesota Secretary of State.

• Accepted a letter of resignation from Community Development Director Roxanne Achman effective March 24.