4/27/2018 2:16:00 PM Use of Beach Park for business turned down
Good idea, wrong location was the message sent to the proponent of a rental boat business, who was turned down for a permit by the Lindstrom City Council last week.
Captain Shawn Dunne was asking for a permit and an agreement to lease city-owned land. The contract spelled out terms for allowing him to use land at Beach Park, for a docking unit that would hold several seasonal rental boat slips, two rental pontoons, two fishing boats also for rent and a rack of kayaks, for rent. The county assessor staff assisted in estimating a commercial tax value on the square footage, because as city property there have been no taxes on this land. The lease called for payment of the 2018 half-year tax encumbered to be paid at the start of use.
The parking there is just too congested as-is, said Council member Curt Flug about the location. Flug and David Waldoch opposed the permit.
Captain Shawn’s business provides “no benefit” to citizens trying to drive into the beach area. Flug said he was open to seeing how the planned marina facility, just a few hundred feet from this proposed site, at the old Dinnerbel, impacts water uses there.
“There will be a lot more activity in that little bay,” Flug commented.
The boat/slip rental operation wanted four spots in the parking lot at Beach Park dedicated for the business. The park is on a point, so traffic has just one way in and out and a couple of neighbors pointed out that customers and rental employees will end up parking along the surrounding residential blocks.
Council member David Waldoch was concerned the Capt. Shawn’s operation eliminates about 100 feet of public shore-fishing off the edge of Beach Park and amounts to a “major change in use of the park” which he didn’t think the city park plan addresses.
The permit required a four-fifths vote and at the point two no votes had been expressed-- the permit obviously was not passing-- so the vote on the land lease agreement was set-aside.
In other business the city council adopted “negative declarations” on Environmental Impact Statements being required for two projects on South Lindstrom Lake. The negative declaration is the city’s way of saying the worksheets on environmental considerations are sufficiently addressing any concerns.
Planner Rita Trapp said these worksheets are “guiding documents” but are not the final word on either the Northland commercial-residential development at the Dinnerbel site or Rose Hill Resort’s future use as apartments for seniors.
The city heard from multiple regulatory agencies and addressed with the developers concerns expressed during the EAW comment period about HVAC equipment noise, erosion control, species protections, and review for any archeological significance.
The projects will move forward as soon as practical, council was advised.
The Dinnerbel (Meredee’s Bistro) site will contain a three story structure of 105 apartments, a restaurant, dock for both tenants and customers of the restaurant and underground parking.
Rose Hill is being designed for 87 regular and assisted living apartments and two small “cabins” that will be available for use by residents’ guests only on the lakeshore. The EAW comment period on Rose Hill ended late February and the comment period on the Dinnerbel project site ended late March.
~ A new ordinance gives law enforcement the ability to ticket cars parked “in front” of mailboxes in the city. The city had complaints about a congested street and mail delivery people not having access to boxes, and learned the city needed a specific ordinance addressing this before police could act. The ticket is for a fine at this time the police will not tow.