The request to vacate the alley between the Newman and Knutson properties in the city of Canton was resolved at the Wednesday, July 9, regular council meeting.
Mayor Donivee Johnson covered the Resolution No. 07-2014, regarding a request for the city to relinquish a portion of a street between the two properties.
Initially, the council had passed Resolution No. 6-2014, which noted the city’s interest in vacating the unnamed alley between Oak Street and Elm Street.
A public hearing was held June 11, 2014.
Subsequent findings were that the council had determined the vacation of the unnamed alley would be of no benefit to the public interest.
Factors in the denial of the request included the fact the alley is located in close proximity to the most likely potential building sites should there be expansion of city facilities in the future.
Any such expansion in the area would require the alley as an access for city services and once the land was relinquished, it would be nearly impossible for the city to reclaim the alley should it decide that access would be needed.
The finding of the council was that the portion of the alley, platted N/E of Lot 29 – 33, which is 20 feet wide and extends north 250 feet from Fillmore Avenue, should not be vacated.
A roll-call vote was enacted and all present council members and Mayor Johnson voted no — the resolution was unanimously defeated. Council member Carl Ernst was not present at the meeting.
Government building
Updates were given on the progress of the government building remodel by Mayor Johnson.
Johnson reported the structure is sheet rocked and the next steps include the selection of paint colors and flooring. There will be samples obtained and the council members were to stop into the current city office to help with the selection process.
The desktop will be built in with two desk-height file cabinets to be purchased, estimated to cost around $400.
Five flip top tables and a number of stacking chairs for the meeting area still need to be purchased.
Trim color for the top of the building face was discussed and it was decided to match the tan trim on the building.
A permanent back step will be constructed to replace the temporary step now located at the back of the building.
It was also decided to raise the sidewalk in front of the government building rather than remove and re-pour the existing sidewalk. The option of mud-jacking was discussed and approval was given to Jon Nordsving, city maintenance employee, to further investigate, and proceed since it was agreed that it would be the best course of action to raise the three section area.
Approval was given to Nordsving to also purchase a replacement air compressor, with a $1,000 limit, given for the purchase.
Canton Day Off
The remainder of the meeting included city activities involved in the upcoming Canton Day Off celebration to be held in August.
The layout of the security fence was discussed and a preliminary estimate of cost was determined to be approximately $1 per foot, with around 900 feet needed. The city currently has around 500 feet of fencing. Some options were discussed and a final measurement is to be taken.
Additional updates were given by Cindy Shanks on newly scheduled activities at the Aug. 15 to 17 event.
New events include an Irish family performance at 1 p.m. Saturday; music by Charlie Warner in the Fest tent, also Saturday, from 4 to 6 p.m.; and a church service at the Presbyterian church at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Shanks also distributed flyers on the event, stating they have been distributed to area visitors centers and other area locations.
Ross Ducket gave additional information on the barbecue competition.
All updates are available on the Canton Day Off webpage at and also on Facebook on the Canton Day Off page.