5/23/2019 3:49:00 PM Council handles variety-filled agenda
Stacy City Council met May 14 for a regular meeting. All were in attendance. City attorney Amy Schutt briefed the council about a potential nuisance property abatement against a resident. Schutt told the council the resident’s attorney has notified her the notice for the public hearing that had run had the wrong dates and a new one would be required. The council then agreed to post and hold a new assessment hearing for the June meeting.
Schutt also told the council the lawyer is seeking to have the clean-up charges overturned, Schutt noted it shouldn't affect the process the city is taking.
The council then discussed the vacancy on the council. Mayor Mark Utecht told the council they had received a letter suggesting placing a resident to fill the vacancy until the next election. After much discussion, the council took into account the cost of a special election (around $4,000) with expected low turnout, timelines of filing for the vacancy and timing an election. The council agreed to advertise the vacancy, to monitor applications and hopefully appoint someone to fill the vacancy until the next regular election. In the engineer’s report, city engineer Dan Boyum told the council he was looking into the disintegrating concrete along Foster Avenue as it joins Stacy Trail.
The council then heard from Stacy Lions Club representatives. They were there to present the council with drawings and plans for a bandshell to be built in Stacy Lions Park. The band shell is 36 feet wide and 36 feet deep and will go in by the existing basketball court, which will either be removed or moved to a different location. The bandshell has a treated dimensional wood facade with an angled metal roof. The council was impressed with the drawings and discussed the need for removal of a few trees in that location. The Lions said they hope to have the cement slab completed before Stacy Daze and the basketball court would remain until after Stacy Daze.
Utecht thanked the Lions for their hard work on the project and other projects.
Mayor Utecht then told the council the flag in Lions Park can not be flown until it has proper lighting. Currently there is no power to the flag due to the removal of a park building which fed the power. The council agreed to not fly the flag except on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day or until new power is run to the the pole.
The council then discussed the increase in Stacy's portion of the Joint Sewage Commission in Chisago County. Utecht questioned Stacy's increase. Stacy's proposed bill rose from $7,564 to $12,375. The council agreed to wait on signing until someone from the sewer commission explains Stacy's increase.
The council then heard from council member Mark Ness. Ness said the planning commission had an application from a company who would like to do automotive repair in the light industrial district. The council agreed if the business took the appropriate steps it would consider the application.
Finally the council briefly discussed the popular race RAGNAR's route through town on August 16. The race runs from St. Paul to Duluth over two days with a team of four taking turns running. The course mainly sticks to Highway 61.