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Lanesboro Council looks at property issues

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council meeting on May 5 included a few different planning and zoning issues with property in town. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the city approve a request from Bob Schrupp about his property located kitty corner from the Old Village Hall on Coffee Street, near the bike trail.

Schrupp owns a rental home on that property, and he is proposing to take down the house. He will then use the garage as a gift shop, and build a gazebo where the house currently stands.

City Attorney Tom Manion brought up the parking issues with the proposal. According to Manion, city ordinance requires off-street parking. Schrupp's proposal includes five parking spaces. Another issue is that the gazebo may be too close to the property line. Manion also mentioned that the property joins the bike trail, and the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) has strict regulations about retail businesses and signs near the trail. He had encouraged Schrupp to look into those questions.

Manion said that in order for the city to call a public hearing about the project, they would have to know what they are calling it for, whether it is for a conditional use permit or a variance in the ordinance. The council decided to table the decision until more information is received.

The council approved two requests for lot splits. The first was from Darrin and Betty Johnson. Their lot had been split at one time, and was joined again. They requested the split, and are planning on marketing the two lots separately.

The second request came from Wendy Chen and Roxanne Johnson. Chen owns property on Norway Drive that used to have two trailers on it. She would like to split the lot into two to sell them. The council questioned whether or not the lots would be large enough to build on once split. Council member Vince Jeannette was concerned that someone would buy the land with the intention to build, and then find out later that the lot was not buildable.

Manion suggested that the council approve the lot split with the understanding that doing so doesn't indicate that the lots are buildable or approved for any particular use under the zoning ordinance.

Other business

Andy Bunge updated the council on sidewalk and asphalt repairs that will be done this year. Some sidewalk repairs were started last summer and were put on hold as the people working on them had to go help with the flooding issues in Rushford. They will be continuing their work soon, and then do the measuring for new sidewalks. Also, blacktop on the Churchill road will be done.

The council changed the assessment policy to state that reconstruction road projects will be assessed at 25 percent instead of 35 percent.

A gambling permit was approved for Buffalo Bill Days.

Mayor Steve Rahn informed the council that the Park TMI Group will have a Park Restoration meeting on May 10 at 9 a.m. They are going to discuss park improvements and are looking for volunteers.

Before the regular meeting on May 19 there will be two public hearings; one for the utility rates and one for the community center capital improvement project.

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