May 18, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.
Stacy City Council briefs...
Stacy City Council met May 9 for a regular meeting. Council member Marie Lawrence was absent.
The council quickly passed an ordinance repealing the city ordinance involving environmental reviews. City attorney James Monge told the council the verbage being struck was already included in the State’s requirements and is repetitive.
The council then passed a resolution adopting the state’s standards for signage for Excessive Noise wording.
The council then heard from council member Dennis Thieling regarding Rupp Mini Storage. Thieling showed photos of garbage located behind the storage sheds but still on Rupp’s property. The council agreed to send a notice to Rupp.
The council then discussed an inquiry letter from Buell Consulting regarding the potential building of a new cell tower along 307th Street which is zoned industrial. Monge pointed out the city’s ordinance states cell towers can not be closer than one mile in any direction of an existing tower. This proposal would be around a quarter of a mile from the existing tower. The council decided to look closer at other options.
In the engineer’s report, city engineer Dan Boyum told the council punchlist items are being completed for the road projects of 307th and 311th Streets including concrete aprons.
Boyum and the council then discussed parking issues at Revived Iron in the industrial park. The city has received complaints about vehicles being parked on the street over night and vehicles blocked sight lines on the curved part of the road. Boyum told the council parking was allowed from the corner to the water hydrant currently. The council discussed making that section of the road a no parking zone, but Mayor Mark Utecht told the council Revived Iron built the business knowing the parking situation and it wouldn’t be fair to remove that after they are established.
It was agreed the mayor would discuss with Revived Iron not parking vehicles along the curve, to ensure good sight lines to drivers.
The council then discussed the possibility of having city employees inspecting projects the County does not cover such as fences and signage. It was agreed that the employees were qualified, but would require a punchlist or guidelines as to what to look for. The council directed the clerk to contact other cities to see if they had any such guidelines.
The council then approved a liquor license for the Stacy Lions at Doyle Fields. Discussion then turned to the consumption of alcohol that is not purchased from the Lions. A few council members agreed the drinking near vehicles in the parking lot needs to be addressed. It was agreed upon that the city create a large sign at the entrance to the ball fields with the wording “NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL ALLOWED.”
The council then passed the usage of ARPA funds to pay for projects in the Sports Bar. Total cost to rework the dated and messy beverage lines comes to $5,226.35.
Lent Township has received a quote for a new hot mix trailer for patching roadways. Lent is asking Stacy to chip in for 1/3 of the trailer cost because the miles of roads in Lent is much greater than Stacy. Lent would pay $26,729 and Stacy’s responsibility would be $13,364.
City Clerk Angie Comstock told the council ARPA funds can be used towards the trailer because it falls under infrastructure. A motion passed unanimously to use the ARPA funds to pay Stacy’s share.
The council then discussed city trash collection. Mayor Utecht told the council the city had received a bid from Chisago Lakes Sanitation for $833 a month to cover all the city’s trash needs. The bid is $17 a month higher than Waste Management which currently charges the city $816. Mayor Utecht said he didn’t approve of Waste Managements business practices and knows Chisago Lakes Sanitation is a reputable company. The council agreed and unanimously agreed to switch.
The council adjourned at 9:20 p.m.