Local News Headlines – Thursday, January 16th

LET’S CHECK MORE OF THE SPECIAL EVENTS TAKING PLACE IN JANUARY.   THIS THURSDAY, THE MT LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WILL BE HOLDING A SPELLING BEE.  THE WINDOM CHORDHUSTLERS CHORUS WILL HOST THE ANNUAL “YOUTH IN HARMONY” WORKSHOP AND CONCERT THIS SATURDAY.   THE COTTONWOOD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL HOLD AN OPENING RECEPTION ON SUNDAY FOR A NEW EXHIBIT, FEATURING THE ANNUAL PHOTO SHOW.  THE PRAIRIE WIND FOLK MUSIC ASSOCIATION WILL PRESENT A FREE CONCERT WITH MUSICIAN PHYLLIS TANNER-FRYE ON SUNDAY AT THE ‘BARC’ LIBRARY.  MONDAY IS THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, Junior HOLIDAY.  THE WINDOM AND MT LAKE SCHOOL DISTRICTS WILL BE HOLDING STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAYS.   
                                                              
A NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN APPOINTED OR RE-APPOINTED TO VARIOUS WINDOM CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.   THE APPOINTMENTS WERE MADE BY WINDOM MAYOR DOMINIC JONES AND APPROVED BY THE WINDOM CITY COUNCIL AT ITS LAST MEETING.   MEMBERS WERE APPOINTED OR RE-APPOINTED TO THE LIBRARY BOARD, THE HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, THE COMMUNITY CENTER COMMISSION, THE PARK AND RECREATION COMMISSION, THE TELE-COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION, THE UTILITY COMMISSION AND THE TREE COMMISSION.   SEVERAL POSITIONS ON THOSE BOARDS REMAIN OPEN.  POTENTIAL CANDIDATES SHOULD CONTACT THE MAYOR OR A CITY COUNCIL MEMBER. 
 
THE WINDOM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY HELD A BOARD MEETING THIS WEEK.   THERE WAS AN UPDATE ON THE CEMSTONE REDEVELOPMENT AREA.  SEALED BIDS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE SALE OF LOTS AT THE SITE.  THE BOARD REVIEWED AN APPLICATION FOR A STATE REDEVELOPMENT GRANT.  THAT APPLICATION WILL GO TO THE WINDOM CITY COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL.  THE BOARD WENT INTO CLOSED SESSION TO DISCUSS LAND NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE E-D-A ‘SPEC’ BUILDING.  THAT LOCATION IS UNDER CONSIDERATION AS A POSSIBLE SITE FOR A NEW COUNTY HIGHWAY SHOP.   THERE WAS AN UPDATE ON A COMMUNITY HOUSING FORUM BEING HELD IN WINDOM. 
   
THE WINDOM SCHOOL BOARD HELD A REGULAR MEETING THIS WEEK.   THERE WAS AN UPDATE ON THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT.  BIDS WILL BE GOING OUT IN FEBRUARY FOR FURNITURE AND PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT.  THE BOARD REVIEWED A PROPOSED SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR.  THE PROPOSAL WOULD MOVE THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS BACK TO SEPTEMBER 14TH TO ALLOW MORE TIME TO COMPLETE BUILDING PROJECTS AND MOVE INTO THE NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.  THE BOARD APPROVED PAYMENT OF $1.2-MILLION IN BILLS FOR WORK COMPLETED ON THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROJECT.  
 
THE WINDOM POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO MORE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN 2019.    ACCORDING TO YEAR-END STATISTICS, WINDOM RESPONDED TO 162 ACCIDENTS LAST YEAR.  THAT IS UP FROM 137 ACCIDENTS THE PREVIOUS YEAR.  MANY OF THE ACCIDENTS WERE ATTRIBUTED TO POOR WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS, WITH MANY ACCIDENTS IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY.   IN A POSITIVE NOTE, ALTHOUGH THERE WERE MORE ACCIDENTS, THERE WERE FEWER INJURIES.  THERE WERE 7 ACCIDENTS RESULTING FROM TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN WINDOM LAST YEAR, DOWN FROM 10 INJURIES THE PREVIOUS YEAR.   
 
A REGULAR MEETING OF THE COTTONWOOD COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WAS HELD LAST WEEK.  KEVIN STEVENS WAS ELECTED AS CHAIRPERSON.  DUCKS UNLIMITED MADE A PRESENTATION ON THE POSSIBLE PURCHASE OF LAND FOR A WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA.  THE BOARD DISCUSSED PLANS FOR IMPROVEMENTS AT DUTCH CHARLIE PARK.  THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR DISCUSSED OPTIONS FOR PURCHASING NEW EQUIPMENT.  THE BOARD APPROVED A 5-YEAR ROAD CONSTRUCTION PLAN AND A LIST OF BRIDGE PROJECTS.  THEY VOTED TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR ALL SENIOR CITIZENS’ CENTERS IN THE COUNTY.  A FULL-TIME ENGINEERING AIDE WAS HIRED.