10/23/2020 11:11:00 AM Stacy City Council discusses odors, Stacy Sports Bar update, property clean-up
Stacy City Council met October 13 for a regular meeting. All members were present. City resident Tim Sawatzky commented on the lack of an extra maintenance worker. Sawatzky asked if that worker was truly needed. Mayor Mark Utecht told Sawatzky the job was posted and the reason for not filling was the lack of candidates, that is why the position opening has been extended.
The council then read a letter from a resident who had been notified by the inspector that his new fence had been placed in the wrong area and would need to be moved. The homeowner cited covid layoff and financial issues and was asking the city to give him until spring to relocate the fence. The council agreed.
Citizen Ron Maslowski of 311th Street submitted a letter stating when the city did ditch work along 311th Street it cut the roots of his trees and now they are dying. The council agreed to have the city engineer look into the matter to see if it was possible the city cut roots and also to see if the city would be responsible for the removal of the trees.
The council then read a letter from resident Mike Haehnel complaining about odors coming from Pretty Bird an animal food company that cooks and sells food such as bird food. Mayor Utecht said the inspector has looked into the claims and found no violations. The company had a representative on the phone explaining the hours in which they cook the food and the types of smells it may generate. A neighbor called in to add her house is directly across the street and they are not bothered in the least with any odors coming from Pretty Bird.
The council then addressed the ongoing issue of a property that has been ordered to clean-up or get fined. Mayor Utecht told the council and property owner Mr. Katala a letter sent to him gave him 14 days to clean or contact the city within five days to request a hearing. Katala told the council he was doing all he could.
Mayor Utecht asked if his property could be cleared by October 21. Katala didn’t think that was possible and asked for more time. The council agreed to give him until October 31 and if not complete the city will take the next step.
Stacy Sports Bar and Grill has been closed since October 9 due to an employee testing positive for Covid. The bar’s manager John Wicklander was there asking the council how to proceed. The council discussed opening the bar for reduced hours but that would put stress on the few employees working. In the end they agreed to keep the 14 day quarantine and also gave permission for Wicklander to enter the building to check on food and do bills.
The council is discussing whether or not to use any of the CARES Funding Act to help those employees.
The council then set a November 18 date for a public hearing on the Forterra utilities extension request. Residents can attend in person or virtually.
The council then approved upping the out-of-town stay expense fund to $150 per night for employee lodging and $25 per day for food.
The council briefly discussed raising city employee and elected officials’ special meeting pay. After discussion it was agreed to wait until after Covid has subsided.