Historic homes podcast contract approved

Historic homes podcast contract approved

stillwaterDan Hoisington was awarded the historic homes podcast contract by the Stillwater City Council on Tuesday night.

Hoisington, who was responsible for completing the latest videos of the historic downtown self-guided tour, and Don Empson of Stillwater, were both in the running for the contract.

The decision on the podcast contract was moved to Tuesday night due to Mayor Ken Harycki’s absence at the last council meeting.

Hoisington’s bid was $10,950 plus the cost of brochures to the city, which stands at $3.750. Empson’s bid was $13,000 plus the cost to create brochures for the city. The project is funded with help from grants obtained by former city planner Mike Pogge.

“When it comes to situations like this, it’s not about likes or dislikes with a bid situation. We’ve seen Mr. Hoisington’s work and quality of the video, I believe, was better than we all expected,” Harycki said. “I’m sure that Don would do a great job and that the quality would be great, but he was bid out this time around, so I would like to go with Mr. Hoisington.”

Councilman Doug Menikheim said the Heritage Preservation Committee had deep discussions about the decision and recommended Empson’s work because the committee felt a different take with a different person on the historic homes podcasts could be interesting.

“Don has the approval of the HPC and Brent Peterson. I know some people who own historic homes would prefer to have Empson create this. Mr. Hoisington has a lot of experience and we’ve seen his production quality. While Don is a great resource to the city, Don has spent a lot of his time learning about the history of our city and lives here. I think it would be a travesty to not use him. I think it would be great if both of them could work on this project together with Don’s knowledge of the area and Mr. Hoisington’s knowledge of production we could assure a really good product and have our local expert step up as well, unfortunately that’s not possible in this situation,” Kozlowski said

The issue came before council at their last meeting after the HPC recommended Empson’s work, but a tie vote due to Harycki’s absence brought the issue back to the council Tuesday.

Hoisington was awarded the podcast contract on a 3-2 vote with Menikheim and Councilman Ted Kozlowski dissenting.

At the council’s Tuesday afternoon workshop, a Brown’s Creek Watershed District officials discussed changes the BCWD wants to make to the current standards for water quality requirements in new developments.

The BCWD plans to implement new standards increasing the volume of storm water runoff that would be infiltrated. The standards would apply to six-acre or larger developments.

Changes made include the need to match drainage volume of what the land would be 150 to 200 years ago; for example, if it was oak savanna the drainage infiltration would have to mimic an oak savanna. The volumetric difference would allow .50-acre feet of water to leave in a 1.5 year, 24-hour rainfall event and .43-acre feet for a 2-year, 24-hour event, and include some permeable pavement.

Options to accomplish the new standards include raingardens, infiltration trenches, infiltration basins and permeable pavement.

The goal of the new standards is increasing the filtrating of phosphorus, nitrogen and solids to improve BCWD water quality including Lily, McKusick and Long lakes.

According to documents provided by the BCWD after the TMSP evaluation, when the standards are implemented, an additional total volume of runoff infiltrated over an average precipitation year would increase by 3.2-acre feet, annual base flow contributions to the creek would increase by 1.4-acre feet, water quality treatments of solids would be 52 pounds and additional annual water quality treatment would be 1.1 pounds.

When a fully developed six-acre site under these new standards would be completed, it’s estimated that an additional 293-acre feet of annual runoff volumes would be infiltrated, 129 additional base flow contributions would take place and total annual load reductions of solids would be 4,766 pounds while the annual load reduction for phosphorus would be an additional 101 pounds.

BCWD officials hope to implement the standards by the end of this construction season and sought city support for the plan.

The council also:

  •  Approved the preliminary budget for the city with an addition of more money to the city’s IT specialists to use for consultants to help with their work. The $10,624,986 budget has created a 2.1 percent increase in spending, but still results in a decrease in taxes for residents due to lower property values and fiscal disparity contributions, according to Finance Director Sharon Harrison. The city’s “Truth in Taxation” hearing was set for Dec. 3.
  •  Directed John Kerschbaum to look into working with the Parks Commission about his proposed business plan to have pedal boats docked on public land in the city. Councilmembers said they are still working on plans, but believed Kerschbaum’s proposal could be effective going forward.
  •  Determined that a long-range plan is needed for trash disposal in downtown Stillwater.
  •  Learned that several holding ponds have been completed as part of the St. Croix Crossing project that will help with future water quality issues.

Contact Avery Cropp at avery.cropp@ecm-inc.com

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