4/23/2021 11:07:00 AM Stacy Council sets assessment hearings
Stacy City Council met April 13 for a regular meeting. All members were present. The council first held a public hearing regarding a proposed tax abatement being sought by the owners of All Mac. The owners are seeking abatement not to exceed $12,500 for no more than five years. All Mac is purchasing the old BP station located at 5580 Stacy Trail. The council later approved the abatement unanimously and the owners thanked the council and told them they have been spread the word how "great" the city of Stacy is to work with.
Chisago County Sheriff's Office Deputy Cliff Sheppeck then gave the council an update on his patrol in Stacy. After briefly discussing the recent shooting of Daunte Wright, Mayor Mark Utecht told Sheppeck what happened was terribly tragic and the council has the utmost confidence in the local authorities.
The council then heard from Josie Oswell. Oswell was with her parents asking the council if she could build a "little free library" and install it at Rick Doyle Fields. Oswell said her main purpose was to get more people reading. Mayor Utecht told Oswell he admired her for coming before the council and thanked her for caring about her community. The council unanimously approved the little free library.
The Council then discussed a request for tax increment financing (TIF) for the proposed Stacy Ponds Apartments. The city received notice there is a new developer handling the project, David Chmielew-ski. Mayor Utecht told the council the project is now seeking TIF upwards of $1.5 million dollars. Utecht told the council he was not in support of the new numbers. Other council members were in agreement and the council agreed to send all of the correspondence to Chisago County HRA EDA Director Nancy Hoffman to look over.
The council then unanimously passed a motion to sign a purchase agreement with Service Grinding, for a lot in the business park in the amount of $90,000.
In the engineer's report, city engineer Dan Boyum told the council he has received two bids for the street improvements on 307th Street and 311th Street. Dresel Contracting was the low bid at $1,446,228 and Northdale Construction came in at $1,595,411. Boyum told the council his original opinion of costs came in lower than the bids which he credited to increasing material costs and decreasing material supplies.
Boyum then told the council there were two options for the running of new utilities, directional boring and open cutting. Boyum said open cutting is preferred because there are no obstacles or issues with everything open. Boyum then gave a benefit analysis of the project as it relates to each property. Boyum told the council the funding breakdown would be $246,119 from storm water accounts, Chisago County share is $67,914, possible federal stimulus could be $172,870. The rest could be made up from water and sewer funds, bonding and or the general levy.
Baker Tilly representative Doug Green then discussed financing with the council.Green gave the council three steps for financing the project. The first step involves an annual debt service. The yearly city payments for financing the entire project would come in around $125,000 for 20 years. Green then laid out the annual property tax levy. Total Levy increase for 2021 would be $12,000 or three percent. Tax impact for residents would increase by $17 per household with a value of $200,000 and $27 increase for homes over $300,000. Total assesments to benefitting parcels would total $703,522.
The council agreed to hold assesment hearings on May 12. Residents on 311th Street will have an assesment hearing at city hall at 6:30pm and residents on 307th Street will have their meeting at 7:30pm.
The council then voted unanimously to approve the construction of a fence around Lions Park. The fence will be paid for and installed by the Stacy Lions Club.
The council then agreed to take part in the spring clean up day partnered with Lent Township. Clean up day will be May 19 at Lent Township Hall.