|8/4/2017 2:22:00 PM|
No objections heard, council proceeds with street projects, assessments
The Chisago City Council on July 25 awarded a contract for street improvements for Shoquist Drive, Sportsman Drive, Jennifer Court and James Court to low bidder Hardrives, Inc. With a bid of $309,525. Other bidders were: Valley Paving, Inc. $320,609.60, Dresel Contracting, Inc., $399,080.07; and Knife River Corporation, $388,631.85.
The city’s total cost for the project will amount to $333,503.86 of which the city will absorb $124,850. The remaining $208,653.86 will be assessed against benefitting properties.
At the request of concerned property owners, the process had included a bidding alternate to remove James Court from the project if the cost per unit proved too highfor the small number of property owners on that street. No residents of James Court or any other members of the public appeared at the July 25 assessment hearing.
Following the hearing, the council voted to proceed with assessments for all four streets as planned.
Assessments will be:
James Court - $12,647 per unit
Jennifer Court - $4,247.89 per unit
Shoquist Lane - $18,924 per unit
Sportsman Drive - $7,070 per unit
Assessments can be paid (without any interest) in full within 30 days from adoption of the assessment, or they can be paid over 10 years at 3.5 percent interest. City Administrator John Pechman said James Court property owners will be allowed to spread the assessment over 15 years if they choose to do so.
In other business:
The city voted to amend an existing conditional use permit to allow Frankie’s Marine, LLC to expand retail boat sales and outdoor merchandise display to property on Berglund Ave. Dusenka owns property to the north of a vacated street right of way which will be combined with his property to create the additional display area.
Dusenka received a conditional use permit to allow display of merchandise on his adjacent gravel lot in 2012 and has held permits for similar use going back to 1998. An unfulfilled condition of the 2012 permit called for the lot to be paved.
Dusenka plans to combine the two properties and move the existing fence. He is required to pave the entire lot by Dec. 31, 2018.
Other requirements include:
The grading plan is to be approved by the city engineer, significant trees must be preserved, a privacy fence must be constructed north and east of the property, the lot is to be used for display purposes only, not for repair, and marine merchandise must be displayed in a neat and orderly fashion within the fenced area. Stacking of boats will not be allowed, and existing racks cannot be placed along the northerly property line. The city attorney requested a detailed property description be prepared. Dusenka is to pay all applicable city consulting fees.
A variance was granted to John Lutz to build a new foundation and relocate the house at 10589 Point Pleasant Road no closer than six feet from a detached accessory structure and not closer than 26 feet from the Ordinary High Water Mark of Green Lake. The property is owned by Lutz’s mother-in-law Kathleen Krizan.
The planning commission had recommended approval of the variance saying that relocating the house will improve the property and make it less non-conforming.