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I have served the City of Isanti as Mayor since 2007. We have accomplished great things together and I look forward to building on our success. United, we move forward to a better future. You may contact me at 763-442-8749 or e-mail me at george@georgewimmer.com. My website is www.georgewimmer.com

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

County Board Votes to Increase their Pay in Special Meeting


The County Board voted themselves a pay increase at a "special" meeting today ... Funny none of them campaigned on increasing their own pay

I have never voted to increase my pay. As Mayor I make less than 10% of our County Commissioners and they keep increasing their own pay

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Thank you Card


Isanti Outdoor Hockey Rink

Cambridge Isanti Hockey Association is building ice on the outdoor rink in Bluebird Park. Please do not use the rink until posted it is open

Saturday, December 15, 2012


NEWTOWN SHOOTING 

THE VICTIMS

Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6

Rachel Davino, 29 Teacher
Dawn Hochsprung, 47 School principal
Nancy Lanza, 52 Mother of gunman
Anne Marie Murphy, 52 Teacher
Lauren Rousseau, 30 Teacher
Mary Sherlach, 56 School psychologist
Victoria Soto, 27 Teacher

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Blog Improvements

I have added email updates, Twitter following and local news stories about our Community to the columns flank either side of blog post. Hopefully this will help our Citizens and Taxpayers keep up on all things Isanti.

Monday, December 10, 2012

City of Isanti Public Works Director is retiring effective January 31st.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Cambridge-Isanti schools are closed Monday, December 10 due to weather conditions

Monday, December 03, 2012

2012 Winter Isantian Article


I want to congratulate Steve Lundeen, Dan Collison and Adam Johnson on winning their elections. Everyone who ran should be commended for wanting to make Isanti a better place to live, work and play. With this election there are two new Council Members out of our existing four Council Member positions. Our upcoming Goal Setting Session with our new members will be very important in determining the City’s direction over the next few years. Please contact the Council or myself with any issues or concerns you would like to see addressed by the City.

The Community Center Levy vote presented by the Isanti Community Center Task Force failed with only 35% of the City voting in favor of increasing taxes to make needed improvements to the facility. This will put the operation of the Community Center in jeopardy past 2013. The Task Force is still working diligently to find a financial solution to this problem. The final decision will be in the hands of the new Council in 2013.

I want to thank the Sponsors for this year’s Mayor’s Great Yard Award. Above All Rooftops to Remodeling, Inc. was our 1st place sponsor and is an amazing business located on Main St. in Downtown Isanti. StarTac Construction has been our 2nd place sponsor for several years and in my opinion is one of the best contractors/builders around. KJD Signs is also a multi-year sponsor whose work has graced Isanti in numerous ways. Thank you to all our gracious sponsors for making the program a success. Over the 6 years, since I initiated the Award, we have had 54 winners collecting a total of $3,150.

Legacy Park Trail, located in our City’s northwest quadrant, was opened this fall with great success. I continue to hear from our residents who use and love this unique community asset. I am working with our local Scouts to further enhance this gem in our Park and Trail system. It’s important to note that we negotiated to receive the land for free from the Bank that owned it. The trail construction was paid for from park and recreation dedication fees, which are paid by a developer in accordance with State Statute. We have developed an amazing Community Asset, in an incredible cost effective manner. 

Housing and business development activity is on the rise. With 387 foreclosed properties sold to date. we have 37% fewer occupied & unoccupied foreclosed homes in Isanti. Our Rental Ordinance and Maintenance code continue to ensure that rental properties are maintained to appropriate standards. This is more important each year as more homes are being converted to rental properties. We have seen the number of non-homesteaded properties from 2010 to 2011 nearly doubling; and this trend will continue into the future.
The Council continues to move forward with the necessary completion of road and trail improvements along South Passage SE and Railroad Avenue SE.  This project will improve the safety of drivers, bikers and pedestrians. We continue to make progress in making Isanti a safer and more efficient City regarding transportation improvements.

After years of trying to get the sidewalk completed on CSAH 5 through traditional methods, I proposed a new approach to the Council. I asked for support in developing a plan that could get us past a major hurdle – the lack of City easements along CSAH 5. We are developing a design that would not take away any business or property owners’ usable land. This took a leap of faith that we could accomplish this project.  We, through the work of our City Engineering firm Bolton-Menk, have been able to make this a reality. We then used this plan to get support from the County who owns and controls activity on CSAH 5 and from all the affected property owners. We have successfully received our last needed easement and a show of strong support from all involved. We have a lot of heavy lifting to do in the area of finding funding for the project but I am confident that the need for this safety improvement should gain overwhelming support from the Council, County and Community. I will keep you updated on our progress.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments please contact me at 763-442-8749 or email me at George@georgewimmer.com . You may also follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/mayorwimmer Facebook at www.facebook.com/MayorGeorgeWimmer or my blog at georgewimmer.blogspot.com