A request was presented to the Milbank City Council during its regular meeting Monday, January 11, to save and relocate the train depot that is currently at Lake Farley Park. The request was made by Jerry Brown and Jim Warrey.
Brown indicated there is a group interested in restoring, preserving, and relocating the depot building to the Twin Brooks Threshing Show grounds and hopes to place the depot next to Vernon Hall. The city currently does not have any plans in place for the depot and asked Brown to put together a proposal to present to the group at a later date.
During department reports, Mike Hansen indicated the planning and zoning group elected officers for the new year. Tracy Upton was elected chairman while Jason Krause will serve as vice-chairman.
Hansen also explained that the Parks committee made a few improvements to Hurley Winter Park as requested by Katie Heller. The committee added more mats which lead to the ice rink and fixed doorknobs that were loose on the warming house and bathrooms. Heller and Cheri Maegher also thanked the board for all their work at the park and discussed the large success of the Rink In The New Year event that took place January 2.
Several suggestions were left in a suggestion box during the event which the group and city will review at the end of the winter ice skating season.
“The goal is to make improvements to all our parks each year,” stated Jason Kettwig, City Administrator.
Hansen also noted that a list of improvements for each park throughout the city is detailed in a public report. Anyone interested in reviewing the report may contact the city office.
The council approved the December and year-end treasures report, approved the bills for the month to be paid and approved Resolution 1-11-16 which detailed the 2016 salaries. Other department reports were heard for fire, wastewater, police, streets, rubble site, and water.
The next regular meeting of the council is set for Monday, February 8, at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Milbank Visitor Center.