Thanks to the hard work of many volunteers, the celebration of Garfield’s history and vision of the city’s future on August 13th and 14th was a great success! The Community Club members, History Book Committee, Entertainment Committee, Vendor Committee, Beautification Committee, Sales and Marketing and Finance Committees all deserve a huge pat on the back. In addition, there were many other groups and individuals that donated their time and energy (and not to mention money!) to ensure that this would be a celebration to remember for a long time. A special thank you to the Garfield Fire Department for all of the donations for various events, including a tremendous fireworks display and the kids games.
The city hopes that if you were able to attend part or all of the celebration, that you enjoyed it.
The Garfield Community Club, along with various community members, continue planning for the city’s biggest celebration, it’s 100th year Centennial Celebration, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14, 2005. There are many events being planned and they can’t all be packed into a single day, hence the addition of Sunday. This year’s celebration is sure to eclipse all others in attendance and quality and quantify of events!
For a list of activities and events the whole family can enjoy, click here Garfield Community Events Times of the events should be posted soon.
The Centennial Committee (made up of the Community Club and others participating) formalized its structure at the November 18, 2004 meeting. Gaye Mounsdon is President and Treasurer. Mike Schreiner is Vice Chairperson and Carla Nienaber is Secretary. There were several committees formed to do much of the event planning, including history, sales/advertising, entertainment, etc. so the entire committee does not get bogged down trying to plan the event. The committees have authority to make decisions and bring recommendations to the full committee for a final vote.
The City of Garfield purchased six decorative banners that have been hung on light poles throughout the city. The banners have the American flag on them and say “Garfield est. 1905.” They will be permanent and are a great addition to the city.
The Garfield Centennial Beautification Committee is planning to install three permanent flower beds in the city this spring. As part of the design, the city plans to use flowering trees and evergreen trees along with smaller shrubs, perennials and annual flowers. These beds will be maintained each year by the local 4H clubs.
In addition, the City purchased one large 6′ by 8′ sign that will say “Garfield Welcomes You” and be placed near the intersection of County Road 82 and 40. The Garfield Community Club will also purchase two smaller 4′ by 6′ signs with the same design and plans are to install them at each end of town along County Road 82.
The City of Garfield applied in October, 2003 to the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for the Job Opportunity Building Zone (JOBZ) program, which provides certain tax exemptions for qualified businesses in designated parcels. Since the city did not have land available for this program, we had discussions with LaGrande Township on the southern edge of city limits. The city applied to DEED to include a 74 acre parcel of land in LaGrande Township that is privately owned. This parcel would be designated for tax incentives under JOBZ, with the approval of the landowner and township, with the understanding the city could “swap” acres for other parcels if existing businesses wished to expand using JOBZ. The city received approval and has been working in partnership with West Central Initiative, the regional zone administrator, and the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission (AAEDC), the city’s subzone administrator.
The city was approached by GCI for a planned expansion that would take approximately two acres out of the 74 acre parcel. Prior to approving this, the city needed to adopt a business subsidy policy. GCI’s current facility does not qualify for tax breaks under JOBZ, but their expansion would. The city adopted a business subsidy policy and subsequently has approved a business subsidy agreement with GCI. The tax exemptions under JOBZ include sales tax, property tax and income tax to owners or investors.
For more information about JOBZ, go to www.wcif.org and click on the JOBZ logo.
The new Garfield trailhead is now complete. It was dedicated during the annual Garfield Summer Celebration on Saturday, August 14. Mayor Gaye Mounsdon was present and described the process to complete the project and all of the people involved. Pastor David Gran from St. Luke’s Lutheran Church dedicated the trailhead facility. A huge thank you goes out to all of the businesses and organizations that donated money or talent, including Gardonville Telephone, Otter Tail Power, Jo Jo’s Cafe, Douglas County, ALP’s Operation Roundup, Cenex, and the Chippewan’s 4H for planting all the shrubs and dressing up the area.
In addition, Douglas County has now paved the trail from County Road 12 west to Brandon and all the way to the Douglas County line near Ashby. With the trailhead and trail paving complete, there will be increased usage of both, which will enhance the recreational opportunities of Garfield and the surrounding area.
We hope you can come out and make use of the trail and shelter. See you in Garfield!