9/18/2020 10:49:00 AM Stacy Council sells business park lots
Stacy City council met September 8 for a regular meeting. Councilmember Paul Authier was not in attendance. The council heard from City Clerk Sharon Payne about the restaurant Tomatoes. Payne told the council the restaurant has submitted all of the paperwork for their wine sales application. Payne noted that a wine license would also include beer sales. The council approved the wine license unanimously.
The council then was told by attorney James Monge the city has a signed purchase agreement from M&B Services. M&B is buying two sites in the Stacy Business Park. Price agreed upon is $90,745.00. The council approved the purchase of the lots unanimously.
The council then took a call from a resident asking about the status of the hockey arena. The caller said they thought the arena was suposed to take one to three years to build and it is now approaching nine years.
Councilmember Mark Ness added that the group bought the business park land which means there is not much the city can do. Councilmember Tony Olivolio said he sees kids and animals in the building quite often. Mayor Utecht said "If there indeed are people getting into the building we need to contact Jack Kramer (inspector). " Utecht told the caller Kramer has been on the site and told the city the structure is sound and safe. The council agreed to contact the new contact person with the arena to get any updates.
The council then made and passed a motion to accept councilmember Paul Authier's resignation from the council and other committees which he sits on. The council agreed that after the election they would offer Authier's position to the highest vote getter.
Next the council discussed an access along County Road 30 requested by a property owner which was denied by the County Board. The council agreed with the Couny that the owner needs to apply for a variance with the county. Mayor Utecht added "Maybe it meets the requirements for a variance, maybe it doesn't. We won't know until they apply."
The council then discussed the conatract with Chisago County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Thyen was there to answer any questions. Thyen presented a new contract that included 30 hours of patrol; upped from the previous years. The rate which passed was for $61.24 per hour. The council then asked Thyen if there could be a speed readout sign added by Kwik Trip just past the curve. Thyen assured the council he would look into getting a temporary one there very soon.
The council was told by city clerk the Fireman's Bash was cancelled this year. The group was still hoping to hold their raffle but needed approval by the council to do so. The council approved the raffle unanimously.
The council passed the 2021 Levy. The amount will be $425,708, with $85,000 being placed in the business park fund to meet bond obligations of $84,623.
Financial advisor Michelle Hayes updated the council on quotes for a new server for city hall. Hayes said she has recieved three quotes with the highest being $5,700 and the lowest being $4,450. Hayes told the council while the most expensive, the quote from the Computer Wrangler would be her suggestion due to prior dealings with the company. "They are very attentive and their response time is second to none" Hayes said. The council approved the contract for Computer Wrangler for $5,700 which includes installation.
The council then had a brief discussion about upping the bandwidth in City Hall. Hayes had a quote from Nextera who currently provides internet to City Hall which had two speeds listed. For $120 per month the speed would bump up to 20 mbps (currently City Hall has around 6 mbps). for $175 a month they could offer 50 mbps. Hayes told the council she already had the $175 per month in her submitted budget. The council approved the 50mbps upgrade unanimously.
The council agreed to hold off on any street projects for the rest of the year. It was decided to wait and see what the 2021 LGA monies looked like as well as taxes.
The council then agreed to allow the city’s Webex site to host a candidate forum with a member of the planning commission acting as the moderator. There was some discussion about residents asking live audible questions or emailing or asking in a Webex chat. It was agreed if questions could be taken via chat then that would eliminate the posibility of someone being vulgar over the air.