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September 22, 2021

7/23/2021 11:37:00 AM
Lindstrom Council ok's pre-development plan for large tract; HOA on its own

Lindstrom City Council wants to see new housing activity so strongly that it voted unanimously last week to spend an estimated $15,000 on preliminary design and interagency networking on the Old Holt Farm site, near Ki-Chi-Saga County Park. The land between Kroon Lake and South Center Lake, on the east side of Olinda Trail, can be made more attractive to a developer with a master plan and an outline for extending services, help for navigating shoreland district rules, for relocating the intersection of Glader and Olinda and more.  City Administrator John Olinger said the number of projects that need to happen to facilitate housing there scares-off developers and the city needs to get involved, especially in applying for grants.

There are developments underway for multi-unit housing, a senior living building, etc. but Olinger noted Lindstrom’s single family lot availability has dwindled to single digits.

The motion approved directs staff to work with engineering, land use consultants and agencies like the DNR,  to create a feasible plat that also addresses  municipal needs attached to the area; like a trail from Olinda to the county park, a new four-way intersection and re-alignment of Glader Blvd, extension of sewer and water and lift station work.    

The council will see the eventual recommendations.

A complaint about a native prairie restoration in a neighborhood overseen by a Homeowners’ Association was heard by council, but the city does not enforce HOA violations.  The residents used the public microphone portion of the council meeting to ask that two lots in their Golf Lane area be ticketed for violating city lawn-keeping regulations.  

They felt the lots contain noxious weeds and the vegetation is too tall and unsightly. City Administrator John Olinger said there is a city ordinance that allows for native plantings and there was a landscape plan submitted to the city.  Prairie Restorations is contracted for the work and the company has a fine reputation.  Olinger said there are no “rank weeds’ or “noxious’ plants on the properties.  

If the HOA has an issue with its covenants being ignored (lawns must be kept to a certain height, etc.)  or its HOA Board should have been consulted, the council suggested they take that up in a civil legal process.

Lindstrom Council was thrilled to learn the multi-use trail link funding application has been approved through the 2021 Local Trails Connection Program. Lindstrom gets $150,000 for the trail on the high school side of Olinda.  This trail route has won $450,000 in total in grant funding.

In business matters:
~ Council approved a deck that makes the lot exceed  impervious surface square footage. The variance for a house on Shoreview Circle allows a 12 by 20 foot deck to be added to the rear.   The area with chipped rock will be eliminated and planted to grass as part of the impervious surface variance okay.

~ The lots containing Wally Carlson’s corner and commercial building alongside Akerson Street, were reconfigured and the city retained an easement for stormwater drainage. Instead of three lots there are now two lots on that property.  There were no plans for any other construction or additions presented.

~ The engineer reported that underground utility work will take about three to four weeks in the workzone at Newell and Broadway.  The crews begin at Sylvan and Broadway and will work north up the hill.

Engineer Jon Herdegen also said expect to see sitework underway at the new fire hall parcel,  but any building construction will not happen until 2022.

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