By Ryan Gueningsman
Plans move forward for the relocation of the True Value Hardware Store to Delano West Crossing on Highway 12.
The council approved plans for a 19,445-square-foot building to be constructed by Gordon James Construction.
In June 2007, the council approved the final plat for a planned unit development and a development plan for an integrated commercial area. The building plan created building locations for up to six buildings that share a private street and parking alignments.
True Value is the first phase of the Delano West Crossing, and is located west of Edina Realty and east of the proposed hotel/waterpark facility.
The council discussed signage plans for the development, site circulation, parking, and landscaping, before granting approval of the plans with several requirements for storm water drainage and lighting.
Mayor Joe McDonald expressed happiness the business was expanding and growing, but said he was sad to see a business leaving the downtown area.
True Value owner Chris Johnson said he hopes to construct the building yet this year, and have it open by spring of 2009.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• approved the hiring of Michael Roering for a summer/seasonal position with Delano Public Works.
• approved a request for an extension in recording the final plat for Midwest Genesis (Weiss addition).
This is a planned six-lot twin home subdivision off of Honeytree Drive and Wright County Road 16.
• approved a step increase for Public Works Director Ernie Eden, who was hired by the city in November 2007.
• approved a lease agreement between the city and Delano Methamphetamine Education And Drug Awareness (MEADA) for the annual movie in the park event Saturday, June 14, set for 8 p.m. to midnight.
The council also approved a lease between the city and the Fourth of July Committee for use of the park area for the annual celebration, as well as temporary licenses to sell strong beer, conduct a dance, display fireworks, and hire a carnival.
• approved the purchase of a pump and tank for the grass fire truck from Minnesota Wanner Company at a cost of $7,590.
• observed two proclamations one for Older American Month in May, and also one for National Nursing Home Week last week.