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Mabel business owner questions sidewalk ordinance


Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert

“I’m going to try to get along with you even though I feel attacked,” said Debbie Marsden at the June 8 Mabel City Council meeting. Marsden, a Mabel resident and owner of Debbie’s Corner, was recently hand delivered a letter and copy of the city ordinances regarding obstruction and encumberment of city sidewalks by Mayor Jim Westby and was concerned that she had been singled out.

Councilman Terry Torkelson pointed out that Mayor Westby was acting as a representative of the city, and that the delivery was in no way a personal attack. “The real issue here is that there’s a city ordinance that doesn’t allow things to be put out on the sidewalk.” Torkelson said.

“Why didn’t the rest of us (on the council) know about it and discuss it beforehand?” asked councilwoman Laura St. Mary. Mayor Westby replied that, being the Mayor, he’s usually the first one to receive complaints from Mabel residents. When he receives a complaint, he reviews the ordinance regarding the matter before discussing it and determining a plan of action with City Clerk Karen Larson.

“I don’t have a problem with things being out on the sidewalk during business hours, just not 24/7,” Mayor Westby said in response to Marsden’s concerns. “I want to keep this town neat and clean, and I want it to have a reputation of being neat and clean.”

“There’s nothing in the ordinance that says anything about day or night.” St. Mary pointed out. “If it doesn’t obstruct the sidewalk during the day, it doesn’t obstruct at night either.” Mayor Westby replied that in that case, the ordinance would need to be re-written and clarified. He will send it to the Minnesota League of Small Cities to see what other towns have done regarding their sidewalk ordinances. Mabel business owner LeAnn Jevne said that she had also received a letter with a copy of the ordinances even though her sandwich sign is only out during business hours.

“My stuff is against the wall of my shop and not obstructing the sidewalk,” said Marsden, pointing out that it is possible for two or three people to walk abreast outside of her shop, even when she has some of her merchandise out front. She informed the council that having her things out on the sidewalk for display has helped her sell more. She also carries insurance that would cover her if someone were to trip on something and injure .....
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Mabel Council approves resolution for TIF District

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met for their regular meeting on May 11 at 7 p.m. Mike Bubany from David Drown Associates was present for the public hearing portion of the meeting to speak to the council about the proposed tax increment financing, or TIF ..... 
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Mabel water and sewer project set to wrap up in May

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met for their regular meeting on April 13 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. Thomas Trehus was present at the meeting to introduce himself to the council. Trehus is running for Minnesota House of Representatives ..... 
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Kids Corner of Caledonia plans to expand to Mabel

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met for their regular meeting on March 9 at 7 p.m. One council member was absent. Mayor Jim Westby opened several bids for the building of the wastewater treatment plant shed. The council read bids which covered labor an ..... 
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Mabel encourages residents to apply for parking permits

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on December 9 at 7 p.m. Council member Terry Torkelson was absent. A public hearing was opened to discuss the sale of a property from Loren McCabe to Wayne Buxengard. The property had a house on it that had to be torn ..... 
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Mabel City Council discusses changes to parking ordinances

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on October 21 at 7 p.m. Mayor Jim Westby was absent. Pat Bailey from the Minnesota Department of Health was present at the meeting to discuss the development of a wellhead protection plan for the City of Mabel’s drink ..... 
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Semcac’s Senior Nutrition Program an asset to Mabel

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on September 16 at 7 p.m. Mayor Jim Westby was absent. Advisor to the Mabel-Canton junior class, Jordan Nelson, was present at the meeting along with the junior officers to ask permission to use the city streets and S ..... 
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Mabel ambulance crew deals with scheduling conflicts

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on August 12 at 7 p.m. Council member Liz Folstad was absent. Ambulance Director Neil Folstad reported to the council that Liz Folstad resigned from the Mabel Ambulance Service last week. Scheduling the EMTs and First ..... 
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Mabel street and sewer project on track for completion

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

Curtis Marx from Davy Engineering updated the Mabel city council at their regular meeting on July 8, 2015. Marx reported that the project is on schedule and is expected to be finished by the substantial completion date of July 16. There will be som ..... 
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