Week of July 16, 2017

WHAT'S NEW IN BIRCHWOOD for the week of July 15, 2017

This past week the city council invited everyone to share their
"Vision of Birchwood" for our next 10 years.  Folks mentioned the need
to reach out to each other to create community.  I have been encourage
to start this column (blog?) for our website to help further that
goal.  Here is volume 1:

Neighbors are always curious of the goings on of our community.  As
mayor, I get exposed to things that you might find interesting,
trivial, unusual or mundane.  I used to share these things with my
mother, but since she has passed, I am going to post them to you with
the idea you might be interested like she was.

Our city plumbing inspector was out marking the location of the city
watermains in the Oakridge area.  Xcel Energy requested this because
they are replacing some of their natural gas lines.  The cost is significant
to us ($125/hour to mark) and it has taken two days so far.
Unfortunately, Xcel paid their locate fees for such to Mahtomedi...we
need to have those fees transferred to us.

Bridget Sperl (Parks Committee) and I reviewed recent Nordling park
improvements made by a neighbor.  Bridget helped by identifying what
plants were native.  Much work has been done pulling weeds and
trimming.  If you would like to help, please contact Bridget, me or
city hall and we can get you started.

Our city administrator is on vacation this week, and a request was
made to cut some of the plants that are hanging into the road on Hall
Avenue.  Always-ready-to-help neighbor Dave Trepanier (Birchwood
Courts) has stepped up to trim those areas.  Please thank Dave if you
see him.

John Lund noticed that a tree branch was hanging down on Lake and
Wildwood.  He cleaned it up and hauled it away.

Today I crossed paths with two young adults enjoying Bloomquist park.
They had a hammock and a huge air bag chair to hang out in the cool
shade.  They noticed and appreciated the progress the volunteer group
made on buckthorn removal two months ago.

As always, please feel free to let me know your ideas and concerns.
Wingfield.mary@gmail.com.  I look forward to hearing from you.