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August 21, 2019

7/25/2019 3:42:00 PM
Lindstrom City Council briefs...

Lindstrom Council last week heard from the city’s engineer that there’s an acceptable bid on extending utilities to near the Anderson Peninsula Park, as requested by a landowner on Olinda Trail North who wants a simple lot split,  for a family member to build on.  Engineer Jon Herdegen saw the Pember Co. bid approved of six received, at $191,649.  Council also re-zoned the parcel from Agriculture-Open to Residential.

Assessment costs were approved for $16,900 on each of the possible four new lots that could benefit from having sewer and water available in that area, plus a city-owned lot abutting the project but sitting in parkland. The council vote was 4-1 with Council member David Waldoch opposed,  wanting a larger assessment.  The revenue to be collected leaves a $150,000 gap the city makes up, Waldoch noted.  He was advised by staff the gap is covered by sewer and water access fees (WAC and SAC) in the bank.

Engineer Herdegen also updated council on the neighborhood meeting with Mentzer Trail landowners.  He said residents appear interested in the city’s tentative plan to extend utilities along the south end of South Lindstrom Lake.  He added county sanitarian Kellie Strobel helped alot with  her expertise on non-compliant sewer issues in that area.  The goal is to have a feasibility study ready for council to review in August, and the township needs to be brought into the process for “what annexation will look like,” Herdegen recommended.

The city council also was advised by attorney Amy Schutt that she is leaving Campbell Knutson, Lindstrom’s contracted law firm.  She has been involved in the county ARMER 2020 contract negotiations-- and assured council she will leave behind an outline of the issues and have her successor up-to-speed before she leaves.  The firm will assign new city legal counsel.

City Administrator John Olinger told the council that the Park Board has sent a recommendation to look into purchase of Lakeview Motel and make the site a downtown public lake access point.

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