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May 25, 2022

4/29/2022 1:51:00 PM
Sewered lakeshore lots now 75' wide

The shoreland parcels in the City of Lindstrom will be developable at 75 feet wide, rather than 100 feet.  The city council voted 5-0 last week in favor of a Shoreland Code Amendment.  The action had the net effect of reducing lot width of sewered, riparian property on general development lakes.

Theoretically about 400 lots could be affected, council heard, but the exact number of lakeshore lots remaining to be built on and their widths wasn’t available.

Planner Beth Richmond said the planning commission recommended doing this after holding its public hearing and nobody had any issues.  The action won’t result in any “wholesale impacts,” she advised.  MN Dept. of Natural Resources’ conditions include a 75 feet wide rule, and Lindstrom was being more restrictive in setting the city code at 100 feet decades ago. Plus with a variance approval, lots have been platted at less than 75 feet too.

The amendment arose from a request by three family members who wish to build on long-held family property on a lake side-by-side— but the lakeshore is not 300 feet wide, City Administrator John Olinger explained.

In other matters:
The City Engineer reported the pedestrian/bike trail extension on Olinda Trail is slated for a compact  timeframe by Peterson Companies.
This trail is a project made possible by a grant.   The goal is to finish in May.  

Engineer Jon Herdegen also said there will be water main shut-offs to relocate services in the trail corridor, and residents in the area of 295th and south,  should be aware. The contractor will post an alert on the police department portable message sign and try to time the no-water periods when fewer people are home during the day.

Meanwhile, the city had three 2022 projects due for streetwork, but this is being reduced to two: Newlander-Elm and the Lakelawn-288th sealcoat.  A planned project on Irene and Peninsula will be delayed because supply chain and manufacturing issues are cramping availability of materials.

Herdegen said costs for concrete structures and iron pipe have greatly increased from the engineer estimate for the Newlander-Elm work. He said the city could delay everything planned, but “stretching out lead time” is not going to result in any savings in the world that builders now live in.  

The Newlander-Elm bid was awarded to Park Construction for $1,173,172 and that included alternates provided for ductile iron and other items.

~ The walkways and bridge structure at Allemansratt Park will be getting finishing touches and (weather permitting) be blended into existing trails for use by the public early this summer.

~ The Lindstrom EDA is scheduled to review feedback on the downtown design plan at its May meeting.  A breakfast presentation was held recently and well-attended with lots of input, council heard. (Photo and recap in Press April 14.)

_ Architect Scott Mower gave an update on progress at the new fire hall.  The roofing is almost done with cap flashing going in last.  The cement slab floor is due to be poured soon and piles of excess soils are being taken off-site.  The plan is for electric and plumbing next and then interior walls.

Council awarded quotes for low voltage work to Aspen Electric and surveillance and access controls to Systematic.

~  Lakes Area Police are still in the process of filling a 14th officer position.  Chief Schlumbohm said there is an internal shuffling going on right now aligning existing staff interested in restructured enforcement duties, and the school resource officer roster is being finalized for next year.

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