April 23, 2007

Delano Council approves permit requests for Anchor Marine

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

Even though two members of the city council were absent at Tuesday’s meeting, enough members were present to approve a rezoning and conditional use permit request from Anchor Marine, located on Highway 12.

Owner Victor Cossette received approval to have his property rezoned, and was also granted a conditional use permit to allow for an additional business on the property.

City Planner Alan Brixius told the council Cossette is hoping to attract either a used car lot or a fireplace sales business. He said Cossette has been doing improvements to the property, with the intention to run Anchor Marine out of the northern building on the property.

Several conditions included that if a used car lot makes its home in the building, its cars on display have to be located on Cossette’s property, and cannot be located on highway right-of-way.

Also, the city requested the two businesses have two separate addresses, even though they are located on the same parcel of land, for fire and emergency response.

Cossette’s requests were approved, with Mayor Joe McDonald and Council Member Brad Hotchkiss being absent from the meeting. The council also approved an ordinance amending its zoning map to reflect the changes made to the property.

Final plans approved for Catholic Community

The council also approved plans for a gathering hall addition for the Delano Catholic Community.

Plans call for the demolition of the existing hall between the church and school to construct a new gathering hall. It is the hope this project will provide the church with more space and better disability access to existing buildings.

The council approved the church’s conditional use permit request for the project, in addition to the site and building plans.

It was noted the city would like to see the parking lot be striped to be more efficient.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• authorized the hiring of Troy Norman as a part-time liquor store employee, and six part-time seasonal employees – Arnold Smith, Ryan Kuka, Rebecca Glas, Nick Dornfeld, Ryan Schaust, and Lillian Reinhart – for the public works department.

The council also approved a step increase for motor vehicle coordinator Joan Miller.

• approved Nick Werder and Jake Kittok to be full members of the Delano Fire Department.

They both have made it through their 18-month probationary period, and have passed the required training to be full members.

• approved a request from El Cazador Mexican Restaurant to have three outdoor dances Saturday, May 5, Wednesday, July 4, and Saturday, Sept. 15.

Last year, the restaurant requested approval for all of its dances individually, but this year, city staff recommended approval of all three at one time.

• approved funding community education’s summer trek program in the amount of $2,500.

• accepted a lease agreement with Dylan McGarry of Delano to use Central Park Saturday, Aug. 25 for an event called “Pennies and Beyond.”

The event is a fundraiser for Tuberous Sclerosis, and will include 10 bands, a raffle, bingo, food, and refreshments. McGarry said he is expecting 500 or more people to attend the event.

• authorized the purchase of pumps for the sanitary sewer system, which will serve as a back-up for the Highway 12 lift station and the wastewater treatment facility.

• tabled proceeding with a storage shed project at Crow River Villa until more feedback can be obtained.

• cancelled its special workshop meeting that was set to take place prior to the regular council meeting.

On the agenda for the meeting was discussion of a request for assistance for the proposed AmericInn and discussion of feasibility studies for industrial park options.

• noted its annual board of review meeting will take place Tuesday, April 24.

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