|4/2/2021 12:50:00 PM|
Chisago City Council approves project funding, looks at ATVs
In a rapidly paced, one-hour meeting March 24, the Chisago City Council acted on a number of projects that will ensure a busy summer in Chisago City.
The 2021 Street Maintenance Plan cost quotes were reviewed for friction sealing and crack filling. The work totals $121,035 for friction sealing at Hidden Forest and Wildwood developments, and $69,644 for crack fill at Raspberry Hills, Lamar Neighborhood, Fairway Lane, Park Place, East St., Maple Ridge, Kismet Isle, 260th/Sunset, Hidden Forest Development, Sportsman Dr. neighborhood, Jennifer Court/James Lane, Shoquist Lane, Jocelyn/284th/286th, and Jeffery.
The city’s annual street maintenance budget of $70,000 plus $72,532 in Municipal State Aid will provide $142,532 of the $190,000 total. To make up the difference, the council authorized taking $49,000 from the Capital Streets budget and added up to an additional $10,000 to replace the city’s line-striper equipment. More than $270,000 remains in the Capital Streets budget.
In other business, the council:
- voted in support of the Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commission’s application for an $850,000 loan from the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA). The funds will be used to replace Chisago City’s main lift station at Chuckie Lundquist Park and the Andrews Ave. Lift Station in Lindstrom. The projects represent Phase II of the Commission’s five-year plan. In response to a question from Councilmember Marie Rivers, Administrator Pechman explained that when this Five-year Plan is completed, one or two years will be needed for developing the next Five-year Plan.
Later in the meeting, the council passed a resolution authorizing the Commission to issue $850,000 in General Obligation Revenue Notes to repay the PFA. Members of the Joint Sewage Treatment Commission include Chisago County and the cities of Chisago City, Lindstrom, Center City, Wyoming, and Stacy.
- unanimously approved a design review for a 3,800 square foot addition to the Chisago Lakes Primary School. The addition will provide a more secure entrance and improve office space. The project received unanimous support from the city planning commission. The city stipulated that all construction access to the site must be from Old Towne Road to 284th St. No construction traffic or storage will be permitted on Lamar Ave.
- approved a design review for a significant building addition at Kendall Howard, 10152 Liberty Lane. The 26,000 sq. ft. addition will be made to the east side of the existing building.
As part of the project, a new access will be created onto Karmel Avenue. The access will be incoming only; semis will exit using Liberty Lane. Materials will come in on the northwest side of the building and move out to the right/ east. Business owner Randy Herreid talked about adding property for additional parking but pointed out the building addition is mainly for staging and will not involve more employees.
Approval of the design included stipulations that a grading and drainage plan be reviewed and that some landscaping be added on the side facing Liberty Lane.
At the request of Council-member Craig Meyer, council set a workshop session for 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, to discuss the possibility of updating the city’s ordinance on use of All Terrain Vehicles. The concern is based on an increase in the illegal use of certain types of over-the-road vehicles on city streets.
Mayor Bob Gustafson was not enthusiastic about the subject, saying he feared opening “a can of worms” and adding, “I’m not crazy about doing an ordinance for a special interest group. “I’m worried about having a lot of motorized vehicles running around visiting bars and restaurants,” said the mayor, “Where would they park?”
“We’re here to do the will of the people, we need to listen.” said Councilman Dresel.
“It’s for a special interest group,” countered Mayor Gustafson. “I’m looking out for the whole city.”
Police Chief Schlumbohm commented that an email from the county sheriff’s office confirmed that ATVs are not permitted on county roads in April, May, June and July. The police chief added that state statute does not govern use of ATVs on township roads. Individual townships need to authorize that.
Council accepted, with regret, the new retirement date of April 23 requested by Public Works Employee Kenny Lindstrom who had previously planned to retire on July 17.
After hearing no comment at a public hearing, voted unanimously to discontinue an interim use permit for the A-1 Used Car business formerly in operation at 11217 Lake Blvd. Since Interim Use Permits are issued to the business rather than the property owner, a new permit will need to be issued should a new business open on the property.
An update from City Planner Courtney Wiekert regarding status of the required paving of the Berglund Avenue parking lot owned by Frankie’s Marine was next. Wiekert reported that staff had examined material used in the parking lot and found it to have been adequately compacted on the east side of the parking area; however, more material needs to be added at the access point on Berglund Avenue and on that side of the lot. They said that Dusenka also needs to address the employee parking lot on Berglund Ave. and Bloom St.
Council approved a variance for a garage addition at 11705 Oak St. that allows the expanded garage to be 19.7’ from the street. The reduced setback is not inconsistent with several other garages on the street, the council decided.
There will be an expenditure of $6,480 for materials to create new signs at city parks. Paradise, Ojiketa Regional, and Chuckie Lundquist parks will get 4’x 8’ signs. Triangle, Surfland, Lahn’s Landing, Rotary, Water Tower, Dahl, Hidden Forest, Raspberry Hill, Woodridge Preserve, Wilderness Ridge, and Little Green Boat Landing will get 2’ x 4’ signs which will be installed by city staff. Funding for the signs is coming from various city budget lines.