October 8, 2007

New Germany, Hollywood, Camden all sign annexation agreements

By Ivan Raconteur
Staff Writer

After months of memos, meetings, and draft changes, the City of New Germany signed orderly annexation agreements with both Hollywood and Camden townships Tuesday.

The agreements do not mean any property is being annexed, they simply provide a framework under which annexation can take place.

Property owners within the orderly annexation area will still need to petition the city for annexation if they wish to have their property annexed.

The two agreements were included in the city’s revised comprehensive plan, which was approved later in the meeting.

The plan will also be sent to the townships, school district, and Carver County for review, and then to the Metropolitan Council for review and approval.

The agreements do not affect the site of the proposed Trophy Lake Estates development, which is covered by a separate annexation agreement between the city and Hollywood Township, which was approved previously.

In other business, the council:

• approved changing the fire department relief association pension from $1,100 to $1,300 per year of service. The pension fund is funded through relief association investments. Council Member and Fire Chief Steve VanLith abstained from the vote.

• approved a franchise agreement with Xcel Energy for electrical service.

• approved a law enforcement contract with the Carver County Sheriff’s Office at the same level of service as in previous years.

• arranged to have Xcel Energy move a light pole that is currently in the back yard of 281 Lincoln Avenue to the west side of Lincoln Avenue.

• heard from VanLith that the fire department has donated $300 for the purchase of shelving to help organize the storage room in city hall.

• heard from Council Member Shirley Jaeger that the harvest party at city hall will start at 6:30 p.m. on Halloween.

• rescheduled the Tuesday, Nov. 6 council meeting for Wednesday, Nov. 7.

• appointed Mayor Pete Pederson to fill a vacancy on the planning commission.

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