The Minnesota State Capitol is a historical landmark dominating downtown St. Paul since 1905. For more than 100 years this structure, designed by architect Cass Gilbert, has been home to the state's legislature and in past years to many other state government offices. Thousands pass through the "Peoples Building" each year in awe of its historic elegance and to observe government in action.
For years I have worked for the preservation and restoration of our unique Capitol. Last Wednesday on "NW City Politics: In the Know with Juanita," the first episode, in a two-part series focused on the current efforts, aired. I invite you to tune in Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 19 to view the second part of my conversation with our wonderful host Juanita Hoffe.
You'll learn about the work being done to make sure this icon of Minnesota's history stands strong for another hundred years. We'll also talk about modernizing the Capitol's heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
Minnesotans are committed to this building. I hope you'll tune in Wednesday to hear about this magnificent structure and the action we're taking now to preserve it for future generations. If you don't catch the show, watch the full series online by visiting: http://bit.ly/S8lBED (Episode 1) and http://bit.ly/VqvGwq (Episode 2).
As always, the Capitol is open to the public and we would love to have you visit.
- Sen. Ann H. Rest
To the Editor:
The water tower, per se, is no more! It is now a major cellular mast in a revitalized neighborhood filled with children, on a "small town" park and in an historic district. Nextel is in the north wing of the memorial tennis shelter. This park was dedicated to the city in 1854 as part of the "Original Plat." The city zoning map identifies this site as Klapprich Park.
Ordinances developed by municipalities across the nation discourage telecom installations in areas used for parks (unless adjacent to commercial or industrial areas) and in historic districts. This site is on a park, in a park facility, adjacent to residential properties (25' away) and in an historic district. The city of Wayzata has yet to pass a telecom ordinance; the problem is this site would fail on all the above counts!
The neighboring residents have witnessed the deterioration of a public asset, watched property values decline, face the noisy, ever expanding, unsightly structures and endured the presence of cellular vehicles at all hours of the day and night. It is time for the city to pass a telecom ordinance, find an alternative site for the cellular industry and restore this historic park for community connections.
The city of Wayzata can benefit from the telecommunication industry on public properties and protect public interests: Neighborhoods, parks, park facilities, historic districts and donor gifts.