July 28, 2017 at 9:48 a.m.

Council says yes to donation, housing plat, new roof on liquor store, hears Sunday sales strong

Council says yes to donation, housing plat, new roof on liquor store, hears Sunday sales strong
Council says yes to donation, housing plat, new roof on liquor store, hears Sunday sales strong

There are few house lots left on the water in Lindstrom,  and one oddly-shaped site on the North Lindstrom Lake side of the highway bridge,  was approved by city council last week, for four homes.  

As a planned unit development (PUD) the design follows a host of pre-ordained requirements in land use code.  One is that the plat which is a total size of 3.4 acres, retains 1.49 acre of open space.

The plat leaves a good sized stretch of lakeshore untouched. Two docks that were authorized (six boats total)  will be located so as to be out of boaters’ way in and out of the connection canal under the highway.

Enchanted Cove is a Sherco build.  The company will put four single family residences close together in the mid section of the hill, there will be a homeowners’ association and access by a private road section from near Arby’s.  

The council on July 20 unanimously--with Council member AnnMarie Brink absent -- okayed a conditional use permit for the PUD, rezoned the parcel from “open space” to Residential and accepted the preliminary plat.

Over on the south side of the highway canal, there will be new plantings (hill on eastbound Hwy. 8 lane side) at no charge to Lindstrom.  Labor is being provided by the Conservation Corps. The planting diagram recommends four large trees, some smaller trees, shrubs and ground cover style vegetation,  courtesy of MnDOT Landscape Partnership Program.

In other news:  there’s a vacant seat on the planning commission, with council accepting Joe Rogers’ resignation. Contact city hall if you are interested.

Nick & Drew’s Discount Foods, at Cty. Road #14 and Hwy. 8, got the okay for outdoor storage, ie: display of vegetables and fruits and other products in front of the building.

Liquor Store news
And, the Municipal Off-Sale Liquor Store is being re-roofed. The bid awarded unanimously went to a Golden Valley company, Allweather Roof for $61,104.  Funds are in the store’s capital projects bank account, generated through profit.
City Administrator John Olinger said the solar array on the rooftop will be removed,  stored and re-installed.  The agreement when the array was put up included this as a commitment of the solar installer.

Roxie Bluhm, store manager, reported the new state statue allowing Sunday sales in Minnesota as of July 2 was a good thing for the Muni.

The first three Sundays that the store was open,  it did $11,000, $3,000 and $6,500 in sales.  She added the customers do not seem to be just shifting buying to Sunday, as the other days’ sales figures have stayed constant.

There is a delay in the Sylvan Avenue reconstruction project and City Engineer Jon Herdegen said it won’t start until mid-August. Road projects had been set for right after Karl Oskar Days originally.

The school district is being notified so it can re-route and/or pickup youngsters at a temporary stop if the fall school calendar conflicts with completion.

The city also was excited to receive a Rotary donation of $13,000 for the new bike rest & repair station amenity at Memorial Park, on Linden Street. (See photo with Rotarians Chris DuBose, Bill Mack and council.)


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