5/22/2020 10:47:00 AM Stacy City Council tackles heavy agenda
Stacy City Council met virtually May 12 for a regular meeting. All members were present.
Attorney James Monge told the council he has reviewed the contract sent to the city by Midcontinent. Midco is looking into bringing service into Stacy. The council previously discussed asking Midco to extend their coverage to include all of Stacy. The current proposal leaves some residents on the fringes from receiving services. Monge said the city didn't have much leverage in demanding added coverage but could certainly ask in writing. The council agreed to have Monge write a letter to Midco.
Monge then discussed the Stacy Retail Center. An applicant is seeking to place storage containers behind the building and there was some question whether the storage site was within the setback for shoreline. There was a question whether the applicants CUP would remain with the property or become void if the business were to vacate the premises permanently.
Monge told the council the CUP would remain with the building allowing anyone who would occupy that space to use storage containers as long as they comply with the CUP. Monge went on to say he had spoke with the county and the container location was not in the shoreline setback. Monge told the council if they wanted control over the containers they would need to change the CUP to an Interim Use Permit or IUP. A public hearing for the CUP was Tuesday, May 19.
Monge then told the council the city had received a purchase agreement for three lots from Northstar Insulation.
Mayor Mark Utecht said he was not comfortable with the price in the purchase agreement and the agreement also stipulated the city would be in charge of prepping the site to make it "pad worthy". After agreement from the council it was decided city clerk Sharon Payne would come back to the council with the official asking prices of the three lots as well as what the city owes on those lots.
The council then decided after much discussion to erect a stop sign in the Dollar General parking lot. The manager of the store said corporate has not gotten back as to who would pay for the sign. Utecht told the council the cost of a sign and installation would run around $250. Councilmember Mark Ness added he would like to see a quote before voting in favor of the sign. The council voted 4-1 in favor of the motion.
In the engineer’s report, city engineer Dan Boyum told the council the property owner of the future Stacy Ponds Mini Storage has had discussions about access from Forest Boulevard.
Council member Ness told the council that they should approach the county about accesses along Forest Boulevard. "I'm fed up with the county on how they are playing politics. We should go to them and ask why we can not ever get access to Forest Boulevard. They are dead set against it." Ness said. Council member Dennis Thieling agreed with Ness.
In the clerk’s report, Payne told the council the city has been offered double the increase coverage for cyber-security from $250K to $500K. After a bit of discussion, the council agreed that $250,000 was adequate.
Payne told the coucnil she is trying her best to keep up with other cities in regards to new COVID-19 rules and how it relates to municipalities.
The council then discussed Point of Sale software for the Stacy Sports Bar. Mayor Utecht said they got some good news and can now get someone to service the system. "Microsale can service us right away," Ness said “We can have support right now, since day one having the software - everyone has had problems with it. I think its time to switch. All the managers have had problems, its having too many headaches to continue. We have already approved the expense of a new software, I would like to see us go another software with those monies.” Council member Paul Authier said he was leaning towards replacement as was council member Tony Olivolo, and Dennis Thieling.
Mayor Utecht told the council he would communicate with Wicklander and let the council know his feelings.
In regards to Stacy Daze, the council received an email from the Stacy Lions stating they want the city to make the decision to cancel or not cancel. The sports bar also would need to know soon to start planning ahead. Council member Mark Ness said, “My opinion is Stacy Daze is up to the Lions, it is their deal. It's up to them to decide if they want to hold it or not. I will not let the city be perceived that we cancelled the event when we have nothing to do with Stacy Daze.” Council member Olivolo said he would try to talk with the Lions members and take a vote. "I don't want it to fall on one person." Olivolo said. Dennis Thieling said he thinks Stacy Daze should skip this year. Utecht said, “There is no way we can adhere to the six foot CDC guidelines. I don't think we are going to be done with this by August. I feel we should tell Wicklander that the Sports Bars part in Stacy Daze will not happen this year.” Ness said “I agree we should get Wicklander's opinion.“ The final decision awaits word from the Lions club.