Friday, April 12, 2013
Mike Liljegren was appointed to fill the council seat that will be left vacant by Les Abrahamson at the end of the month.
The Oak Park Heights City Council this week appointed Mike Liljegren to fill the council seat that will be left vacant by Les Abrahamson at the end of the month. The council—in a 4-0—on Tuesday accepted Abrahamson's resignation effective April 30; and appointed Liljegren, a former planning commission member, to fill the post. Abrahamson was absent from Tuesday’s meeting. Liljegren was out of the country on Tuesday, but City Administrator Eric Johnson said he would talk with Liljegren to make sure he was comfortable with the appointment. In his resignation letter, Abrahamson recommended the council appoint Liljegren to serve on the council. Abrahamson, serving in his third term on the Oak Park Heights City Council, announced his resignation…
Friday, March 29, 2013
Oak Park Heights City Councilman Les Abrahamson is resigning from his position effective April 30. He will be relocating to the Dallas, Texas area in May for his job at State Farm.
Oak Park Heights City Councilman Les Abrahamson is resigning from his position effective April 30. He will be relocating to the Dallas, Texas area in May for his job at State Farm. Abrahamson has served three terms on the City Council. His seat was set to be up for re-election in November 2014. Here is the letter he submitted to Oak Park Heights Mayor Mary McComber and the City Council on March 27: Dear Mayor McComber and City Council: As you may be aware, I will be relocating to the Dallas, TX area in May for my job. Therefore, I will be obligated to resign from the City Council effective April 30th, 2013 It's been an honor to serve the citizens and businesses of Oak Park Heights over the last 10 years. I'm very proud of our …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Oak Park Heights City Council last week suspended Walmart's liquor license for five days and imposed a $1,000 civil fine for selling alcohol to a minor for the second time in less than two years. The suspension will be served March 4-8.
Walmart Liquor will serve out the five day liquor license suspension March 4-8, after a clerk allegedly sold alcohol to a minor for the second time in two years. The Oak Park Heights City Council imposed the civil sanctions last week. The dates were mutually agreed upon by Police Chief Brian DeRosier and Walmart management. UPDATED FROM: Feb 13 2013 11:09am Marjorie Elizabeth Cogger, 63, of Stillwater was charged with a gross misdemeanor, after she allegedly sold a 24-pack of Bud Light, a 12-pack of Rolling Rock and a bottle of Jagermeister to an 18-year-old West Lakeland Township man. “This sale was not part of any police compliance checks,” Police Chief Brian DeRosier wrote in a memo to the council. “The investigation was in response to…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Oak Park Heights City council voted 4-0 to approve a contribution from city coffers to help the city of Stillwater offset the cost of fireworks.
The city of Oak Park Heights will once again help fund the fireworks display for Stillwater’s Fourth of July celebration. The City council voted 4-0 to approve a contribution from city coffers to help the city of Stillwater offset the cost of fireworks. Council Member Chuck Dougherty abstained from the conversation and vote. He owns the Water Street Inn. Last year, the city of Oak Park Heights contributed $7,000 for the fireworks display. Stillwater City Administrator Larry Hansen has said the city is looking into using slightly larger shells this year for an even larger display of fireworks. The city of Oak Park Heights is expecting a budget surplus in 2013.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Oak Park Heights City Council on a 3-2 vote Tuesday night decided to contribute $3,000 from city coffers to the Coalition for the St. Croix River Crossing.
The Oak Park Heights City Council on a 3-2 vote Tuesday night decided to contribute $3,000 from city coffers to the Coalition for the St. Croix River Crossing. Council members Mike Runk and Les Abrahamson dissented. “I don’t see what exactly the purpose is, because basically all that is mentioned is a possible lawsuit and the funding is not permissible for use in that,” Runk said. The Coalition facilitates a lot of the communications between MnDOT, businesses and various governmental agencies, Council Member Chuck Dougherty said. “I have no problem with that,” Runk replied. “But when we had issues, it almost seemed like a case where they were trying to lobby us, rather than assist us.” Abrahamson agreed. “I think the Coalition did a very …
Monday, January 21, 2013
“While we remain optimistic construction can begin, opposition still hopes for delays, as in the past when we have repeatedly seen efforts to replace the old lift bridge get stopped at the last minute,” a letter from Coalition Co-Chair Ken Harycki reads.
The Oak Park City Council tabled a request from the Coalition for the St. Croix River Crossing to contribute $3,000 out of city funds to “help keep the (bridge) project on schedule.” There are a few different options to fund the request, if the council so chooses, City Administrator Eric Johnson said. "I just don't want to go down the path Stillwater did that got them into trouble a while back," Council Member Mark Swenson said. "I would like staff and legal to look at it and give us an official recommendation. I support this, but I would like them to tell me we have the authority to support it." The council will take up the request later this month. UPDATED FROM: The Coalition for the St. Croix River Crossing on Tuesday will ask the Oak …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Washington County estimates that placing legal notices in "official newspapers" will cost about $30,000 in 2013. Do you think government entities should be mandated to publish legal notices in newspapers, or be allowed to publish on their own website?
Stillwater, Oak Park Heights and Washington County on Tuesday designated their “official newspapers” for 2013 legal publications. State law requires that certain notices of city and county business be published in local newspapers. It is estimated that placing the legal notices in the newspapers will cost Washington County $30,000 in 2013. Debate around the topic of mandating governmental entities to publish legal notices in official newspapers—as oppose to publishing legals online on their own websites—has been brewing for years, as this MinnPost article reads: Time for Minnesota Governments to Stop Public-Notice Ads in Newspapers? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below. Here’s a list of proposals for publication of legal …
Mary McComber will be sworn in as mayor of Oak Park Heights tonight. Chuck Dougherty and Mike Runk will be sworn in as Council Members.
The City of Oak Park Heights swore in a new mayor and council member Tuesday night at City Hall. Mary McComber was sworn in as mayor of Oak Park Heights. She replaces David Beaudet, who was elected to the city council in 1996 and was elected mayor in 2000. Chuck Dougherty, a newly elected councilman, and incumbent City Council Member Mike Runk were also sworn in. Tuesday night’s City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. RELATED: Click here to view the full agenda. Two New Stillwater City Council Sworn In Washington County Board Members Sworn In
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Check back to Stillwater Patch's Local Election Hub for updates on local races impacting the Stillwater area.
Welcome to Stillwater Patch's Election Hub for local races impacting the Stillwater area. On this hub you'll find coverage of the following races: Minnesota Senate District 39, Minnesota House of Representatives District 39A and 39B, the Stillwater and Oak Park Heights city councils, Oak Park Heights Mayor and the District 834 School Board. This page will be updated throughout the day with links, photos, observations and results. Click here for Patch's breakdown of statewide races, as well as links to other Twin Cities Patch sites covering elections in communities around the metro area. Click here to view the Stillwater Patch Voter Guide. Elections 2012: How Do I Register to Vote on Election Day? Election Day Forecast: Slight Chance of …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
City Council member Mary McComber defeated Mayor David Beaudet, 55 percent to 44 percent.
There’s a new mayor in Oak Park Heights. City Council member Mary McComber defeated Mayor David Beaudet, 55 percent to 44 percent on Tuesday night. McComber received 1,229 votes, while Beadet for 994, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State. Beaudet has served the residents of Oak Park Heights for 17 years. Oak Park Heights voters also elected Chuck Dougherty (34 percent) and incumbent City Council Member Mike Runk (30 percent) over Mike Liljegren, who received 26 percent of the vote. In a phone call Tuesday night, Dougherty thanked everyone for their support, and said he is “very excited to serve the city in this capacity.” Dougherty said he is excited to work with newly-elected mayor McComber. “I think we’ll have a great council,” …