Tuesday, March 12, 2013
A viewpoint column written by Washington County Commissioner Autumn Lehrke regarding the Red Rock Corridor Alternative Analysis.
Tuesday, March 12
The Red Rock Corridor is a 30-mile transit way that connects the southeast suburbs to the Twin Cities along US Highway 61. In 2007, the Red Rock Corridor Commission completed an Alternatives Analysis that analyzed the potential transit way alternatives. At the end of that study, Commuter Rail was determined to be the long-term solution, with a short-term plan to increase ridership through express bus service. (Please note: Commuter Rail is not Light Rail. Commuter Rail only services first shift commuters, whereas Light Rail has all day service.) Several things have changed since the Alternatives Analysis was completed in 2007. First, there are several corridors that are up and running in the region that we can evaluate the performance. The…
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Washington County will be reimbursing the city for land it purchased for more open space and park land.
Oakdale will be reimbursed for additional park land and open space in the city thanks to a decision by the Washington County Board on Tuesday. The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved more than $40,000 in reimbursement to the city. In 2012, the county board agreed to provide up to $50,000 of Land and Water Legacy bond proceeds to Oakdale to fund 50 percent of the cost to acquire 5.4 acres of property previously owned by Peter Paul Taubenberger. The city purchased the property and requested reimbursement from the county. The agreement requires the city to convey a conservation easement over the property when the county provides the funds. The property is near the intersection of Highway 120 and Highway 5. The city intends to …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek bids farewell to the board and thanks those who have helped him along the way. Oakdale resident Ted Bearth will be representing District 2 starting in January.
Ted Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss, once wrote “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Well, I have a lot to smile about as my service on the Washington County Board concludes. As is in life, if I have one thing that I should have done more often while on the board, it is simply to say thank you. Therefore, I would like to thank the nine commissioners, past and present, that I have had the honor to serve with. I would like to thank Jim Schug, Molly O’ Rourke and Kevin Corbid for their stellar leadership of our great county. I would like to thank all of our department heads, our county attorney, and our sheriff for their collective outstanding leadership. I would like to thank all of our employees for making …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Ted Bearth will be sworn in on Jan. 8, 2012; Bill Pulkrabek plans for the future.
After 13 years, there will be a new county commissioner representing District 2 of Washington County. Longtime Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek was defeated by challenger Ted Bearth—the results came in early Wednesday morning, with Bearth taking 52 percent of the vote to 47 percent for Pulkrabek. Pulkrabek, 42, has served as a county commissioner since 1999. Before that he was the mayor of Oakdale from 1995 to 1998, a title he received in his mid-20s. Bearth said he has been encouraged to run for the Washington County Board since he first retired from the city council in 2004, but he often dismissed the idea and opted for retirement instead. "It finally got to the point where I was unhappy with what we got so I decided I …
Thursday, August 4, 2011
The Washington County commissioner faces a misdemeanor charge stemming from a Memorial Day incident in Woodbury.
Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek pleaded not guilty to fifth-degree assault this morning before a Chisago County judge. Pulkrabek was charged with domestic assault stemming from a Memorial Day incident involving his girlfriend. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail. The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office previously reviewed the case and decided not to pursue a felony charge. Pulkrabek declined comment Thursday morning following the brief arraignment hearing. But his attorney, Ryan Kaess, said he believes “very strongly” that Pulkrabek is not guilty and will “aggressively defend” him against the accusations. The case was heard by Chisago County Judge John R. McBride to avoid a conflict of interest. …