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Elementary School gets approval for storage building


Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

A Conditional Use Permit (CUP) was approved by the Chatfield City Council for a storage structure near the new elementary school, which lies within a residential area, at the council's August 24 meeting. Planning and Zoning had met in special session just prior to the council meeting. A public hearing was held on the CUP and the two needed variances required for the school district to build the building.

The Chatfield School District had requested the variances to build a 3,200 square foot storage building (2,192 square feet larger than the ordinance allows) which would stand 24 feet in height (eight feet taller than the ordinance allows). The site lies within the R-1 zoning district and is governed by the ordinances for that zoning district. Planning and Zoning approved the two variances as the school sits on a 55 acre lot and is a 100,000 square foot building which is not typical of a single family lot. P & Z completed a thorough finding of fact process. City Clerk Joel Young reviewed the findings of fact and the councilors unanimously adopted the findings.

The storage building will be a post frame facility which will be constructed with multiple tone wanes coating and will be separated from adjacent single family homes. It is expected the storage facility will not depreciate the value of existing homes. The council unanimously approved the CUP as recommended by P & Z.

Hilltop Estates,

second addition

On May 11, 2009, the Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on the preliminary plat for the Hilltop Estates, Second Addition. P & Z recommended approval of the plat with conditions. Geoffrey Griffin, chief manager of Chatfield Hilltop Estates LLC, addressed the council stating that he has done his best to complete all the conditions of the preliminary plat. He explained the problems he ran into with the storm water situation. He said he had worked out terms with Miss Donahoe, but learned she had deeded the property over to her partner, Mr. Fingerson, who was unwilling to agree to the terms without compensation or future promises. He admitted he was at a standstill with Fingerson.

Griffin said there was actually less water runoff post development than there was predevelopment. Young noted that in May it was assumed there would be more water than less, but the hydrology report says there will be less water post development. Mayor Les Knutson said their main concern was the water runoff. Young suggested the city engineer should advise the council on the issue with Fingerson.

The council unanimously approved the preliminary plat of Hilltop Estates which includes the development agreement.

Request to Olmsted County

Councilor Josh Thompson said he had spoken to a member of the Olmsted County Board about the possibility of a time extension for the monies the county had dedicated for the Burr Oak extension. He asked if there was interest in revisiting the project and asking for an extension from the county board. All the councilors were in favor of trying to get an extension for the funding. Novotny said they had nothing to loose. He said he had gotten the same response as Thompson from commissioner Matt Flynn and felt it was worth sending a letter and volunteered to address the commissioners.

Mayor Knutson tried to get councilors to determine what exactly the project would be. Thompson maintained without the possibility of the Olmsted County money, revised plans for the project would not be worth exploring. Councilor Ken Jacobson said if there is any chance at all, we should go ahead. He suggested the commissioners will want to know what will change. Knutson concurred saying you need to have a plan and answers.

A motion was made and unanimously approved to direct Joel Young to compose a letter asking about the funds that had been set aside by the county for the Burr Oak extension and to see if they can be used for a worthy project.

Other Business In Brief

• Sue Kester, Chatfield Ambulance Service, announced there will be a new EMT course beginning in September. They are looking for recruits, especially those who could be available in the day time.

• Councilor Paul Novotny reported on the Public Services committee asking for approval of a warning siren in the vicinity of the new elementary school. Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers said it would probably be located on the south side of the water tower. A motion authorizing the purchase and installation, not to exceed $17,400, was approved. There may be grant funds available to help with the purchase.

The purchase of a lift for oxygen tanks costing about $2,000 was approved for the ambulance service.

• Novotny said the committee voted unanimously not to allow Outdoor Wood burners in the city limits. The council voted to authorize the city attorney to draft an ordinance to ban the wood burners.

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