PUBLIC HEARING AND SPECIAL
October 13, 2005
Members Present – Betty Nelson, Lloyd Rohr, Rick
Martin, Brad Howe, Becky Anderson, Ken Branch, Bill Taylor and John Magnuson
Absent – Gary Shogren
Others – Greg DuMars, Jerry Lovett-Sperling, Tim
Berggren, Paul Gentine, Annette Duncan, Fred Abercrombie, Lou Davis, Susan
Whitfield-Lundgren, Jack & Marliss Detmers, Bob Scott, John Van Der Wege,
Helen Weaver, Maurice Bastian, Margaret Nelson, Marsha Rolander, Richard Kurtz,
Jeff Kurtz, Linda Branch, Krishan Bhatnagar, Sally & Paul Train, Kathy
The Public Hearing was declared open at 7:30 p.m.
Mayor Magnuson explained that public input would be limited
to 3 minutes per speaker and those who wished to speak should give their
names. Additionally, the topic must remain on the consideration of support for
the Transportation Enhancement Grant Application.
Helen Weaver – Thinks it’s a great idea. It’s essential for
the building to be brought up to code so that it could be sold. It is a
considerable expense to get the building structurally safe and the grant is a
good way to fund the project.
John Van Der Wege – He is concerned that the city has
already paid $250,000 for the building and now more taxpayer dollars will be
spent. Looks like the mess of pouring money down a rat hole. *It was noted
that money spent on this project came from the electric fund, not tax dollars.
Rick Martin – The building is in really sorry shape. The
city didn’t buy the building to make money.
Becky Anderson – The building has tremendous historical
significance to the community.
Brad Howe – Happy to have a plan after two years. Thanks to
Annette Duncan and Fred Abercrombie.
Linda Branch – Owns the Courtyard Gallery. She stated that
the help of outside funding made it possible to renovate that building. She is
all in favor of supporting the application to help keep the cornerstone of our
Krishan Bhatnagar – He is ok with the plan as long as it
doesn’t involve our tax dollars.
Question: If we don’t receive the grant, then what? We
would be back to where we are right now.
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Bob Scott – Why can’t the building be torn down?
Margaret Nelson – She stated that she has personal history
in the building. She and her husband had a business there from 1946 to 1987.
Helen Weaver – This is a financial investment that will put
the building on the road to being a very viable place. It’s also nice that we
are learning more about our history in the process.
Comment: The funding is available and it will go to some
city/project, so why shouldn’t we try to bring that money to Lindsborg?
John Van Der Wege – Buildings of the era of the Sundstrom
building were built with soft sand brick and that makes a big difference
between the Sundstrom building and where the Courtyard Gallery is.
Lloyd Rohr – Face it, we don’t have a crystal ball to tell
us what the future brings. We can only do what we think is best.
Mayor Magnuson declared the public hearing closed.
Special Meeting Agenda Item; RESOLUTION 05-05 IN SUPPORT OF
THE TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT GRANT APPLICATION FOR THE SUNDSTROM BUILDING –
Betty Nelson moved to adopt Resolution 05-05. Motion seconded by Rick Martin
and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Adjournment – Lloyd Rohr moved to adjourn the
meeting. Motion seconded by Betty Nelson and passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.