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October 20, 2021

9/24/2021 11:49:00 AM
Stacy City Council holds levy to .2% hike

Stacy City Council met September 14 for a regular meeting.  All were present except for Tim Sawatzky.  The council began with discussion about language changes to the city’s business subsidy criteria policy.   City attorney James Monge recommended striking a few items that did not pertain to Stacy for instance one item only pertained to taconite cities in northern Minnesota.

The council asked Monge what he thought about the proposed contract between the city and the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office.  Monge said it looked good, but asked if the council was happy with the hours recommended. Mayor Mark Utecht said he felt 40 hours was more than needed for  this size city and recommended 30. The council agreed and passed the contract amended to 30 hours per week at $61.99 per hour.  The motion passed unanimously.  

Monge discussed a liquor license application by new buyers of the Rustic Inn.  Monge explained liquor licenses do not transfer.  A new one had to be applied for.  The council agreed to wait until the application with the Sheriff’s Office was background-checked to act on the liquor license.

The council spoke about an email received from a resident in Foxtail Woods development. The resident was asking for the property that had previously been scheduled for 61 Mini Storage (they have pulled their application) to be rezoned to residential.  The email sender was trying to avoid a high density land use in their neighborhood.  Monge told the council they could rezone, but that would open the city up to litigation by the property owner.  The council decided against re-zoning.  

In the engineer’s report, city engineer Dan Boyum told the council work on street and utility improvements on 307th street and 311th street is progressing.  Boyum thanked the owners of Forterra for discontinuing their use of the north parking lot exit to allow the road work to be done.  
Boyum then presented the council with three bids for construction material testing.  The low bid was from Independent Testing Technologies for $9,025.  The council approved the hiring of ITT unanimously.

The council then discussed the preliminary 2022 Levy.  The levy has dropped $5,000 since the last time the council reviewed it due to a bond that decreased by that much.  The proposed Levy will have an increase of .2 percent and comes in at $354,885.  The council passed a motion to approve the preliminary Levy ununanimously.

The council then set a December 14, 2021 Truth in Taxation hearing to the public.  The hearing will begin at 6:30pm.
The council discussed some ordinance changes proposed by the ordinance committee.  Mayor Utecht told the council he took issue with the ordinance that prohibits junked motor vehicles on a property.  Utecht said he understood if a resident has a” junkyard “, but also noted there are quite a few car enthusiasts that live in Stacy and many of them do not have garage sizes to accommodate their hobby.  He did suggest the ordinance committee look into allowing residents to store the vehicle(s) behind their homes.  
Ordinance Committee member Jim Ness pointed out that some Stacy homes have homes behind their homes that will see the clutter.  Ness did say the committee is open for suggestions. No action was taken.

Finally, the council was told that there were three instances of people camping at Doyle Fields during Stacy Daze.  Apparently people pitched tents and remained until the softball tournament concluded.  The council agreed there were many accommodation options close, and camping at Doyle Fields is unacceptable.

 The council adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

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