Royalton to apply for Bush Prize

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer


The Royalton City Council approved Mayor Andrea Lauer’s request to complete a grant application for submission to the Bush Foundation, Tuesday.

The grant is the Bush Prize for Community Innovation, awarded to honor and support innovative organizations with a track record of making things happen. The Bush Prize provides creative capital for the organizations to use however they choose.

Lauer explained that the application needed to highlight an already-completed project which had garnered broad community support and collaboration. She plans to use the Splash Park as the grant project.

“The grant award would be 25 percent of the total project cost,” Lauer said. “That would be about $62,700 for the Splash Park.”

Communities are encouraged to apply for the grant if they have a culture of innovation — a track record of innovative solutions and a commitment to community-powered problem-solving.

The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth. It works today in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.

Two Bush Prizes are given in each of the three states encompassed by the Foundation.


Other business to come before the Royalton City Council Tuesday included:

• Approving an animal permit application by Missy Erickson for two miniature pot-bellied pigs through the next renewal period in May. The pigs will stay in the house, and there is a fenced yard when they are let outside;

• Hearing a request from Pam Cimenski of Craig’s Sports Grill on behalf of all three Royalton bars for the Council to review the ordinance for outdoor music. To encourage business, Cimenski requests a later closing time of midnight for two of the four allowed events per bar per year;

• Approving a temporary liquor license for the Lions Club for Platte River Day Saturday, Aug. 3;

• Approving the bid from Aquatic Recreation Company for above-ground splash pad features, at a cost of $26,782;

• Authorizing the splash park committee to review bids for the maintenance building, splash pad completion and park features for “apple-to-apple” comparison to choose the lowest responsible quotes for the remainder of the project, subject to the mayor’s approval;

• Approving a resolution to not waive the monetary limits on municipal tort liability on the city’s liability insurance coverage;

• Tabling a decision on the North Driftwood Street sidewalk until the August meeting;

• Approving a gambling permit for Holy Trinity Church to hold a raffle and bingo Nov. 3, with no waiting period;

• Tabling a discussion of the city’s lighting ordinance to give the Council more time to look it over;

• Tabling an amendment to the city’s public right-of-way ordinance pending further research;

• Discussing a request to sell land near the city’s water tower, which the council agreed not to do per recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission; and

• Authorizing payment of the bills in the amount of $8,205.31.

The next Royalton City Council meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. at the city complex.