The Woodbury City Council opened 2012 with a brief meeting last week, though it did include dozens of residents who turned out to .
On Wednesday, city leaders will get back to basics with a workshop meeting set for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at . The agenda includes:
The city has been mulling plans for the expansion of the , and Wednesday’s discussion is expected to center on finding an architectural firm for the designs.
Plans call for permanent structure to replace the sports facility’s dome. A third sheet of outdoor ice may be considered among the plans, .
The work is expected to begin early in 2013 and be complete about a year later.
City staff has received six proposals from architects; the council will likely formalize a contract at its Jan. 28 meeting.
Council members occasionally discussed the city’s communications strategy for the past few months, most notably after Councilman Christopher Burns proposed as a way to reduce the city budget.
The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting indicates that the city will discuss three options: emphasizing print or electronic communications, or a mix of the two.
Much of the recent discussion has centered on the importance of the 10 newsletters the city produces each year at an annual cost of $67,400.
Representatives from the Municipal Legislative Commission, a 16-city coalition established in 1984 of which Woodbury is a part, are expected to discuss the group’s legislative priorities for 2012.
The session begins next Tuesday.
Phase 2 Development
The city has already that will open the door for the development in the area generally south and east of , known as the Phase 2 area of Woodbury.
Part of those plans is the Fields of Woodbury development, which the council is set to discuss Wednesday. The city has drawn considerable interest in the area from developers.
Phase 2 includes approximately 2,150 acres generally south of Bailey Road to the Cottage Grove border and extends from west of Radio Drive to east of Woodbury Drive. The area is planned for primarily residential development with a “community commercial service area” at Bailey Road and Radio Drive and a neighborhood commercial center at Dale Road and Woodbury Drive, according to a council memo.
The area includes enough land to accommodate approximately 600 units per year for 10 years.