Councilors get Comp Plan primerDuring the split work session, Mayor Bruce Ahlgren, City Councilors and city staff met with the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities’ Bradley Peterson for a legislative report, then got a quick lesson from City Planner Al Cottingham on the basics of the city’s Comprehensive Plan.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
Cloquet City Councilors took 2 ½ minutes away from a two-hour work session Tuesday to conduct the official City Council meeting. During that brief meeting, they approved the purchase of a skid steer as well as hiring Andrew Jobe for the vacant Public Works maintenance person position. They also awarded a bituminous patching project to KTM Paving, Inc., which was the low bid on the project.
During the split work session, Mayor Bruce Ahlgren, City Councilors and city staff met with the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities’ Bradley Peterson for a legislative report, then got a quick lesson from City Planner Al Cottingham on the basics of the city’s Comprehensive Plan.
He noted that the city is already behind what was projected for utilities expansions in 2007, in part because of the recession and decreased expansion and also because many of the rural residential neighborhoods aren’t asking for city utilities (which would come at a cost).
City Administrator Brian Fritsinger explained to the Councilors that the Comprehensive Plan, ideally, is a “living, breathing document.”
“There is a correlation in terms of what we do here on a day-to-day basis and what’s in the Comprehensive Plan,” Fritsinger said. “There are very identifiable goals and objectives in many of those chapter. That’s why it’s so critical that we update some areas every seven to 10 years.”
Cottingham said when the Parks Task Force completes its long-range parks plan — and it’s approved by both the Parks Commission and the Council — that long-range plan will become part of the Comprehensive Plan. He also told the council he has applied for a grant which would cover most of the costs of updating the transportation portion of the plan.
The Comprehensive Plan is posted on the city’s website in a pdf format so it can be viewed or printed by anyone. Just search for Comprehensive Plan. Residents may also request a printed copy.
Councilors, staff and the Mayor also discussed a larger role for the city in next year’s July Fourth celebrations and began discussions about the city budget for 2014.