4/10/2014 10:11:00 AM New trees coming to downtown CF
by Ken Haggerty
Cannon Falls public works director Tom Bergeson said at the April 1 city council meeting that the city will be putting new miniature trees in the downtown area as weather permits.
Bergeson said that when pruning the downtown trees recently, they found rot, especially in the upper branches.
Five large trees along Fourth St. in downtown Cannon Falls were cut down to a six foot stub that will be removed.
Bergeson said nobody wants to cut down trees but that these trees had grown too big and had branches that were a liability if they would fall on buildings and cars. Bergeson said there has been some sidewalk heaving caused by the trees' root systems.
Frozen pipes, assessments
Glen Lundell appeared before the council to seek reimbursement for costs of attempting to thaw out pipes on Cannon Court at his residence and two neighbors. Two of the properties just thawed out at the end of March, one was still frozen as of April 1.
Lundell said contractors who put in the new pipes this past summer did not reopen two main valves when they completed their work, which left the properties at the end of Cannon Court, a cul de sac, with no loop for water to continue to flow.
Lundell's request and some others are expected to be taken up by the Public Works Committee in May and then forwarded to the council.
Bergeson said pipes were starting to thaw on their own. He said a total of 49 services had freeze-ups this winter. Water temps in mains were at 45 degrees as of April 1, up from 37 degrees when freezing was at its worse.
Lundell said he was surprised to see an assessment for last summer's street and utility work on his property tax statement, with interest. Lundell said he thought a bill for the work would have been issued by the city. City staff said the final assessment agreement was the bill.
Matthew Delk was approved as a part-time technician for the public access cable television crew due to graduation of other high school technicians. Money for the wages comes out of the cable access agreement, which is currently being renegotiated.