The Redwood Falls City Council approved a recommendation from staff and the Park and Recreation commission for a tobacco free policy at Tuesday evening’s city council meeting. The policy makes all city parks and recreation areas smoke free with the exception of the campground when children are present. The council suggested enforcement to be done primarily at youth programs and events.
A discussion was held in regards to the Park and Recreation Maintenance staffing. After extensive review and discussion the council approved the hiring of 2 full time positions with a rotating schedule. Jobs were being offered to Wade Gronau of Redwood Falls and Mike Wertish of Morton after reviewing 58 applications and interviewing approximately 9 qualified candidates. As a part of the hiring and restructuring of staffing with the Department, 4 part time positions will be eliminated and less seasonal staff will be used in the future.
A resolution was passed to initiate the competitive bid process for sale of bonds for the financing of the remaining construction cost at the public works facility.
The council accepted the resignation of City Attorney Patrick Rohland with regret and thanks at the meeting Tuesday night. Rohland has been appointed as the Redwood County District Judge by Governor Mark Dayton recently. Rohland’s last day with the city will be Friday, September 6th. Authorization was given to begin the process of hiring a new City Attorney.
And the city council declared 1212 South Halvorson as a hazardous property. The property sustained a serious fire approximately 18 months ago and was boarded but remains a nuisance and public safety issue according to the cities building official and attorney. With the resolution the property owners will be given 20 days to remove waste and hazards then 45 to implement a plan for the property with the city.