Area briefs: Wake restrictions lifted

Wake restrictions lifted

With St. Croix River levels at Stillwater dropping below 683 feet above sea level, the general no-wake restrictions on the river have been lifted. A one-mile slow, no wake zone is still in effect between Stillwater and Bayport due to construction on the new bridge over the St. Croix.

Bayport engages construction manager for fire station project

On July 7, the Bayport City Council engaged Kraus-Anderson Construction Company as a construction manager for its new fire station project at a fee of 3 percent of the building construction costs.

As construction managers, Kraus-Anderson will take the place of a general contractor but also work alongside the city from now as the city goes through the process of hiring an architect, drawing up designs and setting the budget.

“Staff feels (comfortable) with Kraus-Anderson because of their experience in the area,” City Administrator Logan Martin said.

Representatives of Kraus-Anderson were present at the meeting and expressed their desire to keep the sub-contracted work local. Kraus-Anderson is currently serving as the construction manager of the Stillwater Fire Station.

If Bayport decided not to go through with the project, then the city would have to pay a $10,000 fee for the work Kraus-Anderson would have done up to that point.

The next step in the project will be to publicly bid for an architect.

Washington County campfire programs continue July 19

The Warner Nature Center will present a campfire program on the American Kestrel 7:15 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

Discover the advantages and disadvantages of being a top predator while meeting a live American Kestrel. Learn why falcons are such efficient hunters and how DDT almost wiped out the peregrine falcon and other raptors.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at the intersection of County Road 19 and County Road 10 (one mile north of Interstate 94) in Lake Elmo. The program will be in the campground amphitheater. It is a free program with park permit; $5 per day or $25 annually. Call 651-430-8370 or see for additional information on this and other programs.

The Dodge Nature Center will present “Nature: Fact or Fiction” 7:15 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park.

St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park is along the St. Croix River on County Road 21, between County Road 76 and County Road 78, in Denmark Township. The program will be in the campground amphitheater. It is a free program with park permit; $5 per day or $25 annually. Call 651-430-8240 or see for additional information on this and other programs.

Washington County Parks and Open Space Commission seeks at-large member

The Washington County Parks and Open Space Commission is seeking an at-large member.

The purpose of the commission is to bring citizen perspective to the operation of Washington County’s parks and open space. The commission reviews current operation policies, capital improvement programs, parkland preservation, park development projects, and long-range planning efforts for parkland and facilities, for county parks. The commission recommends plans and policy changes to the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

The commission is also used to provide citizens’ perspectives on the administration of the Land and Water Legacy Program. The commission provides input on programming priorities and policies and evaluates land protection proposals using the prioritization criteria adopted by the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

Advisory committees do not establish county or department policy, determine budget or resource allocations or direct the operations of a division/department. These remain the sole responsibility of the County Board, the County Administrator, and the appointed Department Head.

The Parks Commission is appointed by the County Board and consists of 12 members, some from each county commissioner district, and some at-large.

Citizen applicants must complete the required county application for appointment to a committee/commission and submit any background information requested. The County Board, at its discretion, may interview any applicant seeking appointment to the Washington County Parks and Open Space Commission, in advance of an appointment being made. The County Board of Commissioners reserves the right to conduct background screening of any applicant to determine suitability for appointment to this commission due to the nature and content of the work involved.

Applicants seeking appointment should have an interest in park issues, especially outdoor recreation and the preservation of open space.

The commissioner generally meets the third Thursday of every other month. For more information and an application, see the Washington County website at, and search for “parks and open space.”