The city council has decided to spend $800,000 from the general fund. Most of it will be well spent. But not all. The council should have spent $500,000 and kept the rest in the fund.
They spent the money, in part, because of the state of Minnesota's ideas on how much a community should keep in its general fund. To accept the state's ideas on this matter is rather adventurous, given the state's record of budget blunders and accounting errors in recent years. The city taking fiscal advice from St. Paul is like the original St. Paul taking moral advice from Caesar Augustus.
In another decision the council decided to allow Brewsters to have an electric sign on its south wall. The residents of Park Street will love that. I know it's boring in downtown Cannon Falls but is electric and eclectic neon lighting the way to keep drivers awake as they drive down Fourth Street? If more light is needed after dark, couldn't the businesses pass our Fourth of July sparklers to people? Many citizens get lit up in bars on the weekends; do they need to be re-lit by artificial lighting in the street?
Walking around town:
The rail tracks on Hwy. 20 leading to the malt house are a real menace. People driving over this iron obstacle course have lost fillings from teeth. They have experienced stomach acid as a renewable beverage. The county won't fix it. The city won't fix it, because it's a county road. The railroad doesn't care. And on it goes.