Motorists in Waconia should have the cleanest vehicles in the country.
City Council recently approved plans for a new car wash at Olive Street and Highway 5 north of Walgreens. It’s the second allowed here in the past year, in addition to the other car washes in place at gas stations / convenience stores around town. The earlier approved Sota Shine car wash is under construction on Marketplace Drive in the growing commercial district on the west side of town.
The latest car wash is called Tidal Wave Auto Spa offered for the property at 564 Olive Street South. It will be a 3,700 square foot freestanding car wash with space on the property for 14 stacking spots and 23 parking spots.
At the council meeting, discussions focused on access to traffic – which will come from Willow Place – and the potential impacts on the city’s water supply. In the design of the building, the developer provided retention tanks and a recycling system to reuse the water and limit the use
In other matters, the board authorized the sale of $ 7.2 million in general bonds to finance infrastructure improvement projects and equipment acquisitions in 2021. The 10-year bonds attracted seven bidders and a favorable interest rate of 1.1881% from Baird Financials.
The council also authorized city staff to apply for a heritage grant through the State Clean Water Land & Legacy funds to help support a Waconia American Legion effort to restore war memorials in City. Square Park. The total grant funding available for fiscal year 2022-2023 is $ 72,000. All funds received would be focused primarily on the World War I memorial.
In other cases, the board authorized a street sweeper acquisition lease with supplier MacQueen Equipment through financial institution Bell Bank in conjunction with the Town of Norwood Young America. The six-year lease payment arrangement at $ 40,850 per year allows the two communities to use the equipment for street maintenance while avoiding a large purchase investment, according to city officials.
During the visitors’ presentations, the board heard from Carver County Sheriff Jason Kamerud about the staffing issues his department and other county law enforcement agencies face in hiring and retaining employees. agents. Many deputies are retiring, others have gone to municipal agencies where salaries are higher, while some leave the profession altogether. On top of that, there are fewer applicants graduating from cadet programs and even fewer signing up for law enforcement training, he explained.
The county has made changes to collective bargaining to make assistant salaries more competitive, Kamerud said. The county has also developed retention strategies that include a better work-life balance and professional development opportunities for law enforcement staff. However, with the sheriff’s department down from 10 to 12 employees, Kamerud explained that the department made changes to staff and schedules, which made it possible to share more county resources and contracts between communities rather than ‘a designated deputy for each city.
The change, he said, will not affect the hours of coverage in Waconia’s contract.