Not all the funding for the estimated $35 million interchange at Highway 10 and Armstrong Boulevard has been secured, but those who have been actively lobbying for funding from the state and federal government are confident that groundbreaking will happen this fall.
Before the Ramsey City Council and Anoka County Board in 2007 approved a Sunfish Lake Boulevard reconstruction project north of Highway 10, business owners in a shopping center on the northwest corner expressed concern that the new median would put them out of business.
On a 4-2 vote Jan. 14, the Ramsey City Council approved a lease amendment with a former councilmember who owns a liquor store that must be demolished whenever a Highway 10 interchange is completed at Armstrong Boulevard.
The Ramsey City Council Dec. 10 unanimously approved bids to construct a new community building at Elmcrest Park.
Immediately after it became known that the Ramsey City Council was considering a new franchise fee ordinance to collect revenue for roads maintenance, the Ramsey Charter Commission met to discuss how to limit future councils from taking advantage of a new revenue source.
There was some trepidation by a couple of councilmembers, but the majority of the Ramsey City Council Nov. 12 eventually agreed to replace an outgoing fire marshal instead of hiring a fire inspector that would have needed more supervision.