<br />MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE EDINA j
<br />VILLAGE COUNCIL, HELD MONDAY, JULY 20, 1964, s
<br />AT 7:00 P.M., AT THE VILLAGE HALL
<br />Members answering Rollcall were MacMillan, Rixe, Tupa, VanValkenburg and Bredesen.
<br />PUBLIC HEARING OONDUCTED ON PROPOSED DIVERSION STRUCTURE TO DIVERT CERTAIN WATERS
<br />TO LAKES CORNELIA AND EDINA: CONTINUED TO AUGUST 3. Clerk presented Affidavits
<br />of Publication and of Mailing of "Notice of Public Hearing" on the following
<br />proposed improvement:
<br />CONSTRUCTION OF A DIVERSION STRUCTURE, PIPE FROM THE'DIVERSION STRUCTURE
<br />TO LAKE CORNELIA, AND APPURTENANCES AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATION:
<br />On pond northeast of Lake Cornelia between the Crosstown Highway and
<br />the Village of Edina swimming pool.
<br />Before the Hearing.began, Mayor Bredesen informed Council he had received a request
<br />from a group of residents who had not been informed of the Hearing because it is
<br />not proposed to assess their properties, asking that Council conduct Hearing this
<br />evening but delay action until such time as they can determine how their properties
<br />will be affected, and that he feels their request should be granted. Persons
<br />asking for continuance are those living along Minnehaha Creek.
<br />Engineer Hite reviewed for Council the request received last March 18, from
<br />the "Lake Cornelia Improvement Committee," asking that air conditioning water from
<br />the Southdale commercial complex into Lake Cornelia to raise the water level. He
<br />told Council and the audience that this air conditioning water is now flowing north,
<br />)0 through ponds and Lake Pamela, into Minnehaha Creek, as the result of a storm
<br />d sewer project engineered by Adolph Meyer and Associates and installed by Southdale.
<br />For the Lake Cornelia residents, he reported that originally part of this water had
<br />r� gone into Lake Cornelia from the pond by the swimming pool, but that back in 1956
<br />V there were flooding conditions on Lake Cornelia, at which time some structures
<br />were provided to divert water from the lake, and Lake Cornelia was closed off from
<br />the pond. He added that Lake Cornelia is not always high, however; that it is
<br />sometimes low and sometimes high - -which is also true of Lake Edina, which is now
<br />connected to Lake Cornelia by "Storm Sewer Main No. 1 ".
<br />Mr. Hite reported that upon receipt of the Lake Cornelia Improvement Committee
<br />request he had discussed it with Mr. Douglas Barr, consulting hydraulic engineer,
<br />who was associatiated with Adolph Meyer at the time the Lake Pamela drainage
<br />project was designed and installed; that Mr. Barr had informed him to comply with
<br />the request would be perfectly feasible and practical, and good planning- -but that
<br />because this air conditioning water is now being used to maintain the level of Lake
<br />Pamela, it is believed that Lake Pamela should get first call on the overflow
<br />water, and that only the water in excess of that needed for maintaining Lake Pamela
<br />could be diverted to Lake Cornelia.
<br />Mr. Hite reported it is proposed to construct a diversion structure- -dam --
<br />on the pond Northeast of Lake Cornelia, and a pipe, sized to take no more than
<br />1800 gpm, between this pond and Lake Cornelia. The dam will be so constructed
<br />that no water will be diverted into Lake Cornelia until there is ample water
<br />flowing toward Lake Pamela to satisfy its needs.
<br />Mr. Hite reported it is proposed to assess the cost of the proposed improvement
<br />against the property abutting Lake Cornelia and Lake Edina; that the Village owns
<br />approximately 200 of this property, thus 200 of the total estimated cost must be
<br />subtracted before an assessment is made. He added that, on an amended cost
<br />received today the assessment per lot would be about $60.30, rather than the
<br />$73.56 quoted in the mailed Notice of Hearing.
<br />Council was questioned as to whether it is proposed to assess over a number
<br />of years. Mr. Hyde said this can be done, but it had been thought the assessment
<br />period would be relatively short - -three to five years.
<br />Mr. Dick Vogel, whose property abuts Lake Edina, said he would be delighted
<br />if the Council should decide to make this improvement.
<br />Question was asked as to the relative tize of Lake Cornelia vs. Lake Edina
<br />lots, and Mr. Hite said that, generally, their size is comparable, especially as
<br />to lake frontage.
<br />Mr. M. A. Crinkley, 6700 Cornelia Drive, advocated the improvement, saying
<br />we have been allowing very valuable water to leave Edina when it is needed here;
<br />that he had been told that, could Lake Corneliats level be kept up to its normal
<br />level there would.be less trouble with algae, and less trouble with fish dying- -
<br />that he would like to see the fishing improved.
<br />One spectator, who said he lives on Woodend Drive at Hinnehaha Creek, asked
<br />how the flow of water going into Minnehaha Creek would be affected by this
<br />proposed structure. Reporting it is safe to say that any water diverted to
<br />Lakes Cornelia and Edina would mean less water for Minnehaha Creek, Mr. Hite
<br />said the question is, "Will there be enough less water in the Creek to be
<br />significant ?" and that the answer is "No." There would be no water at all
<br />diverted to Lakes Cornelia and Edina until such time as a certain amount of
<br />water is diverted into Lake Pamela and the Creek.