Library/community center meeting details shared at City Council meeting

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A walking path incorporating historic farm implements, a multi-purpose room large enough to hold 300 people, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, two to four county offices and plans to start private donation solicitations for the estimated $6.5 million library/community center project were among new news shared with the Columbus City Council at its Monday night meeting.

Councilwoman Patty Sundberg attended one of three public meetings held last week by the Library/Community Center Steering Committee, aimed at sharing what information had been gathered during the past four years from citizens around the county about what was wanted in such a center.

Sundberg briefed the council on what was presented, stressing that the committee was careful to present what it called a “concept” on what the building might look like, based on the feedback thus far.

In response to questions from fellow council members, Sundberg said the committee had determined that it is not feasible to undertake the project in phases. Council members also discussed the location of the proposed building, which is at the Granite Peak Park. Questions about who would be responsible for maintaining and operating the building were posed, as it would be a building on city land that could potentially be partially occupied by a few county offices.

Sundberg credited the committee with four years of work already poured into the project. She also said the meeting was well attended and included two Stillwater County commissioners.

Other city business discussed included the following:


In a written report, Columbus Fire Chief Rich Cowger said his crews have responded to 150 calls since Jan. 1, with 41 of those coming since the Feb. 20 City Council meeting. The breakdown of calls is as follows: Nine EMS, three transports, 24 motor vehicle accidents, one alarm, one public assist and two falls calls.

The SAFER grant application period will open soon and CFR will be submitting applications. Cowger also reminded people to keep the area around fire hydrants clear of snow.


Columbus Police Chief Jacob Ward reported he has filled one part-time position and that one regular part-time officer has resigned. Officers responded to 106 calls for service in February, with 12 citations being written. Traffic violations, crashes, agency assists, well being checks and suspicious activity were the bulk of those calls.


Superintended Dennis Holten reported the following:

STREETS/DRAINAGE: Crews continue to work on snow and ice control and he is working on a snow policy and plans. Holten said that until this most recent storm, crews felt as if they were getting on top of situation.

SEWER: Interstate Engineering continues to work on the Wastewater Treatment Facility engineering report, which should be completed soon.

OTHER ITEMS: Holten is working with various people and companies regarding above ground mausoleums for cemeteries, installation standards for manufactured homes and is updating the public work’s inventory for insurance coverage purposes.


Columbus City Attorney Doug Howard reported he has worked on seven criminal cases pending in city court, prepared an ordinance changing the time for the regular city council meetings from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and provide the council a memo pertaining to the creation of cemetery districts.