July 26, 2019
If you have friends who still don't read City Beat, maybe Meyer can change their minds. Watch what happens if you don't read it.

We're on a Roll
Single-Sort Recycling is Coming to Red Wing
Here's a snapshot of the most important changes:

  • New 96-gallon rolling carts will replace the current blue bin.
  • Collection begins September 16; the new carts will arrive late August to early September.
  • No sorting needed; recyclables can all go into the new cart together.
  • Collection will be every other week (not weekly). Your collection day stays the same.
Also check out our FAQ or contact the Solid Waste Campus
at 651.385.3658 or by email.
This Week's Question: The Bike-Ped Bridge
What are your opinions about the proposed bike-pedestrian bridge that would connect Bay Point Park with Old West Main Street? Answer here.

Our goal is to have a better two-way conversation with you. That's why we ask questions -- lots of questions. We'll be asking you over the next few months questions on all kinds of topics - controversial, interesting, and sometimes off the beaten path. All answers are ANONYMOUS. We at the city never see your name or personal information. We receive results, and will share results, as a whole.
Old St. John's Hospital Project Moves Ahead
New Conditions Required for Approval
The fate of Red Wing's 1967 St. John’s Hospital building on West Fourth Street (owned by Mayo Clinic Health System) is a hotly debated topic. At Monday’s City Council meeting, Council members voted 5-2 to advance the housing project proposed by the developer. However, the new housing proposal must now include the following :

  • 65 housing units or less (102 units were originally proposed);
  • Larger green space and play areas; and
  • Two parking spaces per unit
The developer has 90 days to bring back a more detailed plan. If that happens, the new plan will go back to the Advisory Planning Commission and City Council for review.
River City Days Is Almost Here
Main Events August 2 - 4
Bay Point Park
The great summer celebration of food, music, and fun is just one week away. Come visit us at Bay Point Park at our City of Red Wing booths and talk about the issues on your mind. The new single-sort recycling program, the bridge project, the upcoming Youth Council...we'll be here all weekend to chat and answer any of your questions. Stop by to see us and you might even walk away with one of our fantastic prizes. Details on all the River City Days events here - including extended hours and concerts on Sunday.
Is Your Street Getting a Facelift?
Lots of streets are scheduled to get a "mill and overlay" improvement over the next few months. What is that exactly? Staff Engineer Dean Chamberlain shows us and explains which roads are getting spruced up this season. Chances are one of them is a street you use every day. Watch the video here.
Red Wing 2040 Community Plan Wins First Place
Thanks to all YOUR work, Red Wing, for providing input into the 2040 Community Plan. The plan just earned First Place for Excellence in Community Engagement by the American Planning Association Minnesota Chapter. Hooray!

Brighten Up
The East End neighborhood is about to get a little brighter, at least along East 5th Street from Bluff to Centennial Streets in the Colvill Family Center area. After City Council members heard from multiple people who wanted better lighting, one resident offered to give a nighttime tour. Council members and staff walked the area at dark, then the police and public works departments researched options and pitched a pilot program. Starting in early fall, East 5th Street will sport stronger bulbs, and staff will talk to residents later to evaluate the impact for potential future improvements. To read the report, click here. To see a map of Red Wing's lights (some owned by the City and some owned by Xcel), click here.
Spruce Up Your Night Life
Want to wish upon a shooting star? Now is your chance at Astronomy Night hosted by the Red Wing Park Naturalists. At sundown on Sunday, July 29, the telescopes will come out so you can glimpse the Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and a host of constellations. Come to Hobgoblin Music on Highway 19 from 8 to 10 p.m. Details here.
Pitch for a Cause
Will the Fire Department  or the Police Department  win this year's Guns vs. Hoses softball game at the Athletic Field next Thursday? The community is a winner either way, since all proceeds go to United Way 's "Packing for the Weekend" program that provides food for local families each weekend. Guns vs. Hoses has everything from a petting zoo to a crazy hair booth and, of course, some good-natured rivalry on the ball field. Admission is just $5, so bring the whole family.
Guns vs. Hoses Softball Game
August 1, Athletic Field
Family Events Start 6 p.m.
First Pitch 7 p.m.
A Decade of Discovery
Join the Goodhue County Master Gardeners on Friday, August 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Discovery Garden. Get a free tour from lead gardeners, learn tips during the "Ask a Master Gardener" time, and enjoy iced tea made from herbs in the Tea Garden, prepared by Master Gardener Peg Hansen.
Does This Helmet Look Good on Me?
Going undercover with the city is fun. Just ask the 60 kids of the local Sparkz! day camp, a free camp funded by local philanthropic partners. Last Tuesday, these seventh- and eighth-graders toured the Mississippi River bridge site and the city's waste-water plant, all with the goal of learning what happens behind the scenes at the city. Don't worry, adults get bridge tours, too. Reserve a spot for the July 30th date by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 651-388-4719.
All in a Day's Work
One of the key folks behind Red Wing's new single-sort recycling program is Refuse & Recycling Superintendent Jason Frion. The program has taken more than two years to plan and coordinate--and now Jason is ready to help roll out the big blue carts. If you see Jason, thank him for all his work. Starting September 16, recycling is about to get easier and faster.
Photo of Jason Frion leaning against single-sort recycling cart
Watch the Meeting You Missed
Now you can view any City of Red Wing meeting at your convenience on our website. From this page , just select "Archive of City Meetings" and scroll down to find the specific meeting you're looking for, and you can watch it on any device. Or, select the "Channel 6 live stream," and you can watch our government access channel whenever and wherever you wish.
We'll Save You a Seat
Charter Commission Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Wednesday, July 31 at 5:30 p.m.
Guns & Hoses Softball Game
Athletic Field
Pre-game Family Events at 6 p.m.
First Pitch at 7 p.m.
River City Days Main Events
Bay Point Park
Friday, August 2 - Sunday, August 4
Monthly Bridge Update
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, August 6 at 12 p.m.
Night to Unite
Tuesday, August 6
Port Authority Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m
Small Business Workshop
Community Development Building
Thursday, August 7 at 5:00 p.m.
Heritage Preservation Commission Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Thursday, August 7 at 5:30 p.m.
City Council Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, August 12 at 6 p.m.
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