The Cannon Falls city council approved, under its May 7 consent agenda, acceptance of a $13,000 grant to the Fire Department from Wisconsin Industrial Sand Company.
Wisconsin Industrial Sand is the company which has been mining and hauling sand from the Hager City-Bay City-Maiden Rock area on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi to load onto trains at the old Minnesota Malting facility in Cannon Falls.
The sand is hauled out by Progressive Rail to be used in the fracturing process to access oil and natural gas.
The $13,000 grant is to be used to purchase radio equipment for the ladder truck that the Fire Department added to its fleet this past year, according to Fire Chief Ray Miller.
Donations to the Fire Department for a total of $550 from Progressive Rail and Ameriprise Financial were also approved.
Sewer and water bills
The Council approved listing a total of $19,885 in sewer and water bills as past due. One commercial account made up $2,851 of that total.
East side assessments
The East side assessments total $434,585. Assessments on the 105 parcels range from $1,140 to the most common $4,928 per unit depending on how much work is being done. Work includes sewer, water, street, curb, gutter and storm sewer. Work is expected to begin in May.
County rejects development
City administrator Aaron Reeves noted that the Goodhue County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors had rejected a zoning request by developer Geoff Griffin in Stanton Township, just west of the Peterson Turkey Farm.
Reeves said Griffin had not contacted the city about any possible request to have the city annex the property. City limits are just east of the turkey farm.