Randall continues discussions on CRVST implementation

Randall’s trail group and Dan Frank of the Initiative Foundation met with Bolton and Menk Inc., a consulting group, Feb. 8, to discuss the Camp Ripley Veterans State Trail (CRVST). Group members made it clear they  were interested in having the trail come through Randall rather than bypass the town. They said the CRVST would provide economic benefit to Randall and to the area.

Frank said the Minnesota Design Team, helping with the implementation of the trail, may meet with Randall’s trail group in May and that information from the group would be considered.

Members of the Randall group said they wanted a trail connection to the gas station in town, along with the other businesses. While people agreed crossing the busy railroad may be an issue, members provided trail concepts to Bolton and Menk.

Members brought up the cafes, bars, lodging, supermarket, retail businesses and repair shops in Randall as a draw for trail users. Also mentioned were the number of celebrations held in Randall throughout the year.

Members of the Randall group said that ATVs and snowmobiles came through the community and that the city would be open to promoting and regulating that type of use through town.

Randall City Council briefs

Other business conducted by the Randall City Council Wednesday night included:

• Learning the Randall Fire Department and First Response Team is requesting every home and business have 911 addresses prominently displayed on the street side of buildings. Emergency personnel will then be able to find the correct building in a timely matter. On Saturday, March 17, the Randall team responded to a medical call on a dead end road in town. Members were not sure  which house to go to, as there were no numbers displayed;

• Voting to spend no more than $2,000 to replace the chairs and tables in the Fire Hall meeting room, along with three additional tables for the Community Center;

• Reminding the community that the cold weather rule would be ending April 15, and that any resident who was not current with their heating bill would have the utility turned off;

• Discussing the 40-50 residents who are routinely delinquent on their utilities. The payment is due by the 10th of each month and is currently $10,500 in arrears;

• Donating $500 to the Darling/Green Prairie Park;

• Resolving to decertify TIF District 1, in downtown Randall, as requested by the state;

• Recertifying the Randall park building as the city’s designated polling location, per state regulations after redistricting;

• Granting a permit for a dance July 29, to be put on by the Randall Presbyterian Church;

• Approving Thursday, May 3, at 9 a.m. for the Board of Appeals an Equalization meeting for resident’s 2013 property taxes;

• Approving raffle permits for the J.R. Samler benefit to be held June 2, and for the Randall Presbyterian event; and

• Voting to allow Tom Jacobson to erect a 30-foot by 40-foot garage; James Carlson to erect a 10-foot by 10-foot deck; and Rick Turner to replace the shingles on his roof with steel, add steel siding to his home and replace the windows.

The next City Council meeting will be held at the Randall Fire Hall Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m.