September 24, 2007

Delano council reviews car wash/laundromat request

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

Delano City Council reviewed a plan from local businessowner John Tackaberry to construct a car wash/laundromat with a pet wash on his property on Highway 12.

Tackaberry had applied for the necessary permits for the project, and it was reviewed by the planning commission Aug. 13.

Following discussion, an alternate plan was presented by Tackaberry that would attach a car wash to the existing Star West Honda building. The review was continued until September to allow time to review the alternate plans.

Tackaberry met with Mayor Joe McDonald and City Administrator Phil Kern to discuss conditions of the application, at which time Tackaberry had requested consideration of the original application.

Three unresolved items are the sticking points of the project, including a grading and drainage plan – which Tackaberry provided the council several hours prior to Tuesday’s meeting, sprinklers in the building, and a fire hydrant.

Tackaberry said with his proposed project, he hopes to keep one thing local that people presently are going out of town for.

“We have to wake up, look at what we’ve got, and promote this town for what we have,” Tackaberry said.

Following discussion, the entire proposal seemed to hinge on the fire hydrant issue. It was estimated that with the cost of the hydrant, plus the installation costs, it could cost anywhere between $75,000 and $150,000.

In the city planner’s report, Alan Brixius told the council the lack of a fire hydrant or fire water supply remains a significant public safety issue.

Council Member Brad Hotchkiss said he understood Tackaberry’s concerns with spending that amount of money on a fire hydrant.

“I can’t blame him,” Hotchkiss said. “I wouldn’t put the business up either if I had to spend that much money. Economically, it doesn’t make sense.”

McDonald said he wants to hear from Fire Chief Bob Van Lith that if no fire hydrant is installed there, in the unfortunate event of a fire, that it could still be extinguished.

Several people addressed the council on Tackaberry’s behalf, including a sergeant with the Minneapolis Police Department, a fellow Delano business owner, and one of Tackaberry’s employees, who noted there are actually two other fire hydrants in close proximity to the property.

The council decided to look at the entire property, examine where other hydrants are, and have a meeting in the near future with Van Lith, McDonald, and Tackaberry.

The council also wants the drainage plan to be reviewed by the planning commission, which will be done in October, and brought back to the council at its second meeting in October.

Installation of culvert under Co. Rd. 30 this fall

Plans proceeded forward for the storm and sanitary sewer installation/modification project that will run a 48-inch storm water culvert under Wright County Road 30 at the storm water pond just southwest of the wastewater treatment plant.

The city reviewed eight bids for the project, and awarded the project to Sundblad Construction of Cokato, which submitted the low bid of $71,212. Engineer’s estimates for the project were $85,000.

According to City Engineer Kent Torve of Wenck Associates, this culvert is needed in order to provide adequate water flow to the new storm water lift station that is planned in this area. Installation of the culvert couldn’t wait until 2008 when the lift station is planned for construction due to the Highway 12 detour route being planned for Wright County Road 30.

Torve said the road needs to be cut and repaved this fall before the Highway 12 detour begins early next spring.

It is expected this project will close Wright County Road 30 east of River Street for no more than a week. Torve said he is coordinating plans with Delano Schools, and will make sure the schools have input as far as signage for the project.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• approved the purchase of a laser level from Grey Survey Repair at a cost of $1,278 to be used for surveying storm water ditches and city projects.

• authorized the payment of $55,967 to Pearson Brothers for sealcoating done in 2007 following satisfactory review by the city’s engineer for the project.

• approved paying $34,414 to Knife River for transportation improvements, including sod placement on Ninth Street and Rockford Avenue, split rail fence installation, and pavement striping.

• extended the approval of a preliminary plat and conditional use permit for Innovation Investment Partners for their planned hotel/waterpark.

• approved conditional use/planned unit development and outdoor sales conditional use permits for Donahue Harley Davidson and Donahue Sports Center.

The council also approved an ordinance amending its city zoning map.

• approved the final payment and release of retainage to Pogue Excavating for seeding and grading at the south ballfield.

The council also approved a change order for the north ballfield construction in the amount of $19,628 with Bullock Construction. The construction company was also given the go-ahead to add parking spaces for the south ballfield on Third Street at a cost of $32,695. Stalls will be added at a 60 degree angle, and will increase the number of parking spots available in that area.

• authorized the execution of quitclaim deeds to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for the purchase of land from properties located at 200 Babcock Boulevard (The Green House/Daily Grinde), and property along Highway 12 near Ninth Street (Litfin).

Right of way is being acquired for the upcoming Highway 12 improvement project set for next year.

• reconsidered burning the home at 236 Babcock Boulevard in an effort to save several trees on the property.

Burning the home would more than likely destroy the trees, so city staff will obtain bids for the demolition of the home instead of burning it.

• entered into closed session to discuss potential litigation regarding the northwest interceptor project and condemnation proceedings with property located at 506 Seventh Street South.

No council action was taken on either issue.

• met in a special workshop prior to the regular meeting and discussed the sales of Rivertown rowhomes.

Kern said marketing methods were discussed, and Realtor Jeff Vanderlinde updated the council on the current slow real estate market conditions.

One of the units was sold, and closed on in August.

• heard a request from Vic Cossette of Anchor Marine regarding a drainage issue on his property.

Kern said city staff will obtain bids on the installation of a manhole on the property.

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