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July 26, 2021

6/18/2021 12:23:00 PM
Stacy City Council meets short-handed

The Stacy City Council met June 8 for a regular meeting.  Councilmembers Marie Lawrence and Jennie Carlson were absent.  
The council discussed a request by a resident to hook up only to the sewer system.  The council heard from attorney James Monge who said the city had three options.  1. Require the residents to hook up to both water and sewer. 2. Allow the resident to hook up to sewer and have a flow meter installed for wastewater, which would be quite expensive for the homeowner. 3. Have an agreement for a general charge that would be in line with surrounding properties charges.  Mayor Mark Utecht said he spoke with other cities and some have allowed it. Utecht noted that those cities told him they would not do it again.  
The council tabled the topic until the next meeting.

In the engineer’s report, city engineer Dan Boyum told the council a city representative attended a water use meeting with Mayor Utecht. Also present was a representative from MN Rural Water Association to discuss water use.

Utecht told the council there is a possible leak in the system. Some water meters may have to be replaced. The city is pumping more than the gallons it is invoicing.

 The council then accepted the 2020 audit by Oberloh and Associates unanimously.

The council then passed a resolution awarding the sale of general obligation improvement bonds with the principal amount being $1,955,000. The monies will be used on 2021 street and utility projects.

The council then passed a motion by Utecht to approve a quote with Crysteel for the conversion of the new city truck for the amount of $79,824 including trading in the old truck.

In the parks report park board member Dennis Thieling told the council the board is considering an archery range in Lions Park.

The board also discussed putting  pollinator habitat in Meadows Park.

The council then discussed survey taken by residents in the Foxhill and Sherman Oaks developments.  The survey asked residents their opinion of road conditions and if they would be willing to pay an assessment for improvements.  It also asked if they would have interest in getting water and sewer installed and if they would be infavor of being assessed for it.  Fourteen  people answered they were in favor of repaving the roads while nine were against.  Nine people were ok with being assessed for the paving while 10 were against.  Only four were in favor of water and sewer with 14 against the idea. Finally, only one resident was in favor of being assessed for water and sewer while 17 were against. 

Councilmember Mark Ness said the numbers shows the city should review the matter more especially the repaving questions.

A motion by Ness to proceed with getting a project estimate from Stantec to pave Foxhill and Sherman Oaks roads passed 2-1 with Utecht voting against. Utecht felt the negative feedback from the survey was reason to vote against.

The council then agreed to waive the city’s building permit fee for the construction of the Lions Park bandshell.  

Since the council declined tax increment financing on the Stacy Ponds Apartments, developer David Chiemelewski has found another property in Stacy that may be suitable for the development.  Chiemele-wski wanted to know if the council would be in support of TIF at the new location.  The council agreed it was worth reviewing at a later meeting.  If the property is suitable, Chiemelewski will fund a TIF analysis by Baker Tilly.

The council adjourned at 10:04 p.m.

The council passed a motion to approve a liquor license for the Stacy Lions Club for the Rich Doyle Memorial Field for the year.

In the engineer’s report, city engineer Dan Boyum discussed street and utility improvements for 307th and 311th Streets.  Boyum hopes to have the scope of the project for the April council meeting.
Boyum said due to the cold temps in February, the cleaning and televising of the 311th Street was delayed.  The work was then completed on March 3, he will have a report to the council soon.
Boyum told the council the All-Mac site (old BP station) plans were submitted to the planning commission.    There will be a public hearing for an application for a variance in the general business district for design standards and exterior finishes.  The owners are looking for a variance because the business does not face a thoroughfare. The variance application also points out other building in town that are non-conforming to the existing zoning classifications.
In the clerk’s report, the council discussed holding an informal session to gage residents’ interest in having Foxhill and part of Sherman Oaks paved.  The council scheduled a meeting for April 27 at 7pm.

Stacy Bar manager John Wicklander then told the council there was an issue with management support when he is not present.  Wicklander said the assistant manager is not available nights and weekends forcing Wicklander to be on-call seven days a week.  Wicklander offered a solution of moving the assistant manager back to a supervisor position and look for two new supervisor postions to fill night kitchen, and night front of house position.  These would be part-time postions.  Wicklander said that is one solution and the other would be to find another assistant manager.  The council agreed it was ultimately Wicklander’s decision.  

The council then passed a motion approving the sale of a Stacy Ponds Business Park lot purchase.  The sale of the lot is priced at $90,000 and is being purchased by Service Grinding & Sharpening, Inc.

The council then discussed how to memoralize former council member and business owner Tony Olivolo. The council agreed to come back with some ideas.

The council adjourned at 9:18pm.

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