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6/22/2017 2:37:00 PM
Sunday liquor sales start in July

Sunday sale of alcohol was given the green light by the Lindstrom City Council 4-0, in compliance with a new state law that goes into effect first of July.  There was no discussion. Council member David Waldoch was absent for the vote, due to attending a League of MN Cities conference. He arrived late in the meeting.

Council was also advised the tests on soils removed from the (Panel One) former manufacturing company lot, just south of city hall, have been negative so far for containing hazardous levels of contaminants.  The building and massive outdoor elevated track used for maneuvering pre-fab wall sections have sat idle for years.  

The city hired Veit to do the tear-down of this and of a residence on Bull Lake, within Allemansratt Park.  A local heavy equipment operator will do soil removal.  Now there’s no pollution soils can legally be dumped.  The Panel One lot will be cleaned up, put on the market and hopefully a new user will show interest.

City Engineer Jon Herdegen also informed the council that the state has approved plans and the grant ($500,000 approx.) is still in play for the 288th St. and surrounding area projects.  This work is shared with Chisago Lake Township.

The city met all the deadline for conditions to utilize the large grant, including acquiring right-of-way in a timely manner.

Herdegen said the plan is to go out for bids on the roadwork, shouldering and off-road trail in late 2017 or early January 2018 for an ‘18 build.  

Recent installation of some bituminous in this area was an emergency repair of a  frost boil and was not part of this project.

The Morningside Court improvements started and then stopped and Herdegen reported that the contractor and Xcel are being reminded of the need to get this pavement and stormwater improvements done.  The new estimate for serious activity on-site is early July.  Property owners will get an update letter.

~ Chisago Lakes Lions are providing a beer garden during Karl Oskar Days.  The permit was approved by council for the Deutschland Meats parking lot, for Saturday, July 15, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

~ Property accessed off of Lake Lane, a frontage road between Chisago and Lindstrom on the north side of Hwy. 8, was okayed for self-storage units.  There will be four large buildings developed and made available for storing items. No outside storage was approved.  The concept was actually supported by city council years ago when presented by owner Don Bluhm;  but he is selling the parcel and the new permit applicants had to go through a new process.  

Kyle and Erin Johnson assured council there will be fencing, site security, renters will be informed and agree to store only allowed materials, and the colors are proposed to be green metal roof and brown exterior.

~ The house behind Lindstrom fire hall which the city purchased for an expansion of the fire department;  is to be rented out while fire hall plans are developed.  There’s several thousand dollars worth of repair and cosmetic needs.  

Council voted 4-0 to allow staff to spend no more than $10,000 to make the four-five bedroom house rentable.

~ Owners of the home on the corner of Vine and Bronson streets want to remove the dilapidated garage and asked for a setback variance for erecting a new bigger one.  The council voted 3-0-1 with AnnMarie Brink abstaining due to a family member involved, to approve.

~ An on-going issue with Oak Street, and keeping it open where it terminates in South Lindstrom Lake,  seems to be resolved.  

The right-of-way of the unimproved Oak Street belongs to the city, but over the decades the exact public status of the corridor has become contentious.  

Council will put visible markers where survey “pins” are in the ground so access users know where the limits of Oak St. are and not encroach on residential parcels.  Council stopped short of ordering fencing to be put in.  It will be posted no boat access but canoe and kayak put-in is allowed.

Adjoining lakeshore property owners attended the council meeting and were advised that they should notify police if there’s nuisance activity, or if they have concerns about unsupervised youngsters using the lakeshore in an unsafe manner.

In another lake related vote-- council supported future dredging of the channel between North Lindstrom and North Center Lake, should it become necessary.  There are no plans to do so right now.

The channelization was a hot issue that generated creation of a task force and involvement by the Lake Improvement District (LID), Corps of Engineers, DNR and the county commissioners.  The channelization concept fell flat when LID managers decided not to fund a weir to regulate water flowing between the lakes.  Should the channel fill up naturally it would support boat traffic but if it doesn’t rise, the channel would be un-useable by larger vessels.

The county is still advancing its plan for upgrading the aged bridge on County Road 20, (North Lakes Trail) however.  Bridge deck elevation is designed to be high enough for a pontoon to pass under.

Meanwhile, Lindstrom is paying to relocate a city watermain in the channel work zone this summer, in preparation for installing the new bridge.



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