Royalton City Council Member Rob Haberman submits letter of resignation

By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer

Royalton Council Member Rob Haberman submitted a letter of resignation to the City Council at Tuesday’s meeting.

His resignation is effective May 1. Haberman is leaving Royalton and will no longer be eligible to serve.

“It’s been an honor and a pleasure, and it’s going to be sad to leave,” said Haberman.

Mayor Andrea Lauer said, “He has added a depth to the Council. I have really appreciated his attention to detail.”

“Because of his background as a conservation officer, he has often brought a totally new viewpoint to discussions,” she said. “I will really, really miss him.”

Royalton City Council Briefs

Other business that came before the Royalton City Council Tuesday included:

• Approving the elementary school to work with the city engineer to form a plan for paving the new parking lot with the least impact on the city’s storm sewer system;

• Authorizing up to $1,500 be spent for a new computer with printer and scanner for Public Works;

• Hearing that the Schwartz property was demolished Monday;

• Learning that Dave Van Heel is allowing the police department to fence off a small section inside his property to use for forfeitures, at no cost;

• Approving the purchase of a copier for the Fire Department from Chader in Waite Park for $1,042;

• Authorizing the purchase of 24 LED helmet lights for the Fire Department at a cost of $2,412;

• Setting the city-wide cleanup date as Saturday, April 28;

• Authorizing a donation of $250 to the Morrison County Fairgrounds;

• Entering into the biannual Bellevue fire contract;

• Approving the street sweeping agreement with Astech, not to exceed the budgeted amount;

• Approving the amended test well quote by Major Drilling for $15,947;

• Hearing about the Mayor Andrea Lauer’s meeting with Council Member Rob Haberman and Treasure City owner Bob Janski regarding the proposed Third Street curbing and paving project. No response was received from the owner of EZ Stop;

• Extending the moratorium on the North Maple Street project for another two years. “We owe it to the residents to really research options for funding,” said Lauer;

• Hearing that the dates for mosquito spraying this year are projected to be: May 23, June 6, 13 and 27, July 11 and 25, Aug. 1 and 15;

• Approving a resolution to reestablish voting precinct boundaries for Morrison County;

• Approving a resolution in support of creation and funding of a Minnesota Safe Routes to School grant program;

• Discussing the process for establishing a park board under the existing ordinance;

• Tabling the proposed burning ordinance changes pending adjustments to the recreational burning portion;

• Calling for public input during the next regularly scheduled meeting regarding the residential swimming pool, hot tub and spas ordinance. The nuisance ordinance will be the next under consideration;

• Hearing about “The Gathering” sponsored by the Morrison County Genealogical Society and the Morrison County Historical Society. This year it will be held in Royalton Sunday, Aug. 5, the day after Platte River Day. It will be at the American Legion from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the city of Royalton, the 100th anniversary of the Royalton Public Library, the 100th anniversary of Holy Trinity Church and the 50th anniversary of Treasure City; and

• Proclaiming a joint celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day to be April 22. The Tree Board will plant at least nine trees at Royalton Elementary Schol at 1 p.m., with refreshments being served afterward at the American Legion.

The next Royalton City Council meeting will be Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.