11/21/2020 2:20:00 PM Council hears update on Stacy Ponds apartments project
Stacy City Council met November 10 for a regular meeting. In new business, the council spoke briefly about permitting for a dog training business at home that was recently applied for. The applicant was seeking a conditional use permit from the council. The council approved the business, which will be located in the central business district. The council passed the CUP unanimously.
Next, resident Samantha Brewer spoke to the council. She was seeking a. variance for a new garage at their home. Brewer told the council they had made their existing garage part of their home and were seeking a variance to build a new garage in front of their home due to the slope of the rest of their yard. The council approved unanimously
The council then discussed the Katala property which had been ordered by the city to be cleaned up outside and agreed to by Mr. Katala. Mayor Utecht told the council the property has not been abated and would ask inspector Jack Kramer for photos to proceed with prosecution. Utecht told the council the city wants to proceed correctly this time and doesn't want to drag this out.
The council then approved an escrow agreement for Kwik Trip, planning on expanding.
In the engineer's report, city engineer Dan Boyum told the council Revived Iron sewer and water extension would be done this week. Boyum also told the council street and utility improvements on 307th Street will need a public hearing and the council agreed on a November 18 date.
Boyum told the council the county is requesting feedback from the city on the condition of existing city structures and gate valve boxes. The county was specifically asking about Stacy Trail for the upcoming mill and overlay proposed project.
The council then discussed a watermain break which occurred at the Sunrise Estates Mobile Home Park November 2. The maintenance department from the park shut off the main but in doing so shut off water to Kwik Trip and A-1 Tire. The broken line also low-leveled the city water supply. Mayor Utecht asked attorney James Monge to look into if the park would be liable for any damages incurred by Kwik Trip, A-1, or the city. Monge said he would look into the matter.
The council then passed a motion by council member Mark Ness for a new security camera system for the Stacy Bar and Grill. The motion was for $3549 for the system and an additional $2000 for installation. The motion passed unanimously
Council also discussed with developer Troy Hoekstra the proposed Stacy Ponds Business Park Apartments. The council was presented with a rendering of the three story apartment building. Hoekstra told the council these would not be low-rent apartments and rent would vary between $800 and $1350 a month. There was a discussion about the height of the building when it comes to capabilities of the Stacy Lent Fire Department. Fireman Nick Peltier told the council there would be no issue with the height or hydrant locations.
Developer David Chiemelewski told the council this was a $14-15 million project and he would be seeking assistance from the Chisago County HRA/EDA.
Council then approved the appointment of Dennis Thieling to the planning commission and to the public information committee.