The fire hall could look like the sample elevation drawing provided by architects that are working with Lindstrom on a design. This is only a very preliminary view of the future fire hall, there will be public meetings and more input gathered.
Neighboring property owners attended last week’s council meeting after being notified of the annexation requested by RoseHill Properties LLC, Stillwater.
Citizen questions were well-ahead of where the project process is at with their concerns; asking about the loss of privacy and traffic that a new project will bring. Early sketches of a possible senior citizen housing project have circulated within the city-- but Administrator Olinger stressed that no plans are officially under review at this time.
Another potential annexation issue continues to simmer. Council members opted to survey residents on their support for voluntary annexing in the neighborhood in and around 288th. Responses on annexation likely to come into the city voluntarily is early February.
Council then directed City Engineer Jon Herdegen to hold-off on developing engineering documents for the 288th project for the time-being.
(See work session full report on a special 288th meeting by Matt Silver in this paper.)
In other business at the city council meeting: St Bridget of Sweden Catholic Church was denied its application for a permit allowing parking lot improvements.
The MN Dept of Transportation needs the proposed stormwater ponding to be deeper. To achieve this the size of the depression gets bigger, to meet standards for a slower slope on the sides. The plan simply doesn’t work, so the church goes back to the drawing board.
The legislature is considering revising the distribution of Highway User Tax Distribution Fund dollars to large and small cities. The cities with fewer than 5,000 in population could potentially get new state funds for city streets, if the bill is approved. For now, only cities with a minimum of 10,000 residents get state street aid.
The Lindstrom Council signed onto a list of supportive cities adopting a resolution to join in with the dedicated street funds advocates.
A home at 29535 Neal Avenue was okayed for a set of stairs to access an existing deck. The lot already exceeds the allowed impervious surface standards at 35 percent, with the limit 25 percent, so the two foot deck add-on, also requested, was deleted from the action.
Council heard there could be a hefty bill to relocate city utilities away from the County Road 20 bridge project work zone. The bridge is in county plans for next year.
The new #20 bridge abutments will enlarge and the underground pipes. etc must be shifted to the east, using directional boring under the slough. This was unanticipated as a city expense.
Lindstrom had earlier gifted the county a strip of right-of-way, but now Lindstrom may go back and request some compensation for that in light of this $100,000 plus utility relocation. The right-of-way was “valued” at $7,000.
Lindstrom is being awarded a MN Erosion Control Association honor, February 2. City officials will attend the MECA conference to accept the framed wildlife print with plaque, proclaiming Lindstrom as winner of the Environmental Leadership Award.
Library funding issue
The council went into closed session at the end of regular business to discuss filing a lawsuit to collect under-payment, by Chisago Lake Township into the area library’s account.
The formula described in a signed contract laying out library joint powers, was apparently disregarded. Lindstrom has adhered to the funding formula, and has tried to rectify the shortfalls. Negotiations have brought everybody up-to-speed on their responsibilities as of 2017.
The outcome of the closed session is that council unanimously did not feel proceeding on a lawsuit for retroactive collections is warranted.
Lindstrom’s Hiram Lodge 287 representatives were at the Food Shelf this week in support of their “Double Your Donation” fundraiser. From left to right, Jay Albright, Jerry Rhoads, Dave Gale, Brian Hoffman, Mike Hilber and Jon Meredith.