STRATFORD - At its regular monthly session for July, the Stratford City Council followed up on several matters they had taken up at previous council meetings.
One was the condition of the Linn-Berglund cabin, commonly known as the Swedish cabin, which is located on the west side of the community. The council reviewed a letter from Gregg Anderson of the Swedish Historical Society, noting that two men with considerable experience restoring log structures find the structure restorable and worth pursuing.
The Swedish Historical Society plans to remove logs from the house down to a single story level, place a permanent wood roof on before the onset of winter and repair log damage. Then the society will begin a fundraising effort to provide funds for further log repair and interior restoration. The group proposed meeting with the council in one year to discuss progress on the project.
The plan was approved by the council, with plans for a status report at their April 2013 meeting.
Another issue that was discussed at the June City Council meeting was a public right of way just south of 801 Shakespeare Ave. Since that council meeting, the city attorney and the building owner's attorney have discussed options of allowing the flower bed placed there to remain, with certain requirements, or to put in a sidewalk.
On a vote of 4-1, with Councilman Brian Wilde casting the only nay vote, the council voted to require the property owner to compact and cement per city code. The work cannot start until after July 25 and has a completion date of September 15.