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Dassel is poised to enact 72-hour limit for on-street parking

April 27, 2009

By Lynda Jensen
Editor

Dassel’s on-street parking ordinance is scheduled to be amended, with the Dassel council setting a public hearing to receive feedback about the issue before it takes action.

The revised ordinance proposes to set a 72-hour limit on parked on-street vehicles, including trailers, cars, or other vehicles, along with including mobile homes.

Deputy Gordy Prochaska, who was not present at the meeting, suggested to Administrator Myles McGrath that a shorter time limit be set, but McGrath said the city wanted to accommodate people who would visit the weekend with their mobile homes. “Seventy-two hours would allow for that,” he said. “We didn’t want to overregulate.”

If a vehicle breaks down, the owner should call the city to help make arrangements.

The hearing is set for Monday, May 18, just before the regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m.

A few complaints about fire pits

A few complaints prompted the council to issue a reminder about fire pits. McGrath noted that there are certain rules about using fire pits; mainly to burn only untreated lumber or regular firewood, along with proper setbacks. When people burn garbage, leaves, or treated lumber, this usually prompts smoke and bad smells, which in turns prompts complaints, McGrath said.

If the complaints persist, the city might have to look at tightening its ordinance, he added.

Nuisance properties

The council tabled nuisance properties for the time being. This time of year, the city sends out notices to properties out of compliance with the blight ordinance.

“Last year there was a property or two that the city took action on,” McGrath noted. The council usually reviews the property in question, along with looking at photographs it, and then takes action for abatement.

Firefighters to have second annual street dance with Thirsty’s

The Dassel Fire Department will have its second annual street dance Saturday, June 20, along with Thirsty’s Tavern. The city approved the blocking off of Atlantic Avenue from Second and Third streets. Mayor Mike Scanlon noted that he attended last year’s event and it was fun. “It went well,” he said. There are different musical bands that usually conduct and a bean bag toss, among other activities.

Historical Society may buy land

The council also noted that the Dassel Area Historical Society is looking at buying 2.35 acres on the west side of First Street, on the 800 block.

Will Spectralytics move to Hwys. 15, 12?

During the meeting, the council discussed planning and zoning issues in relation to Spectralytics potentially moving to Highways 15 and 12.

Council Member Pat Haapala reported that P&Z discussed Spectralytics, but did not go into specifics. The commission has been reviewing the city’s comprehensive plan, McGrath said.

Scanlon, who used to serve on planning and zoning, asked if the new location was big enough. Thinking long range, he asked about availability of land to the north and how the industrial section would work if Spectralytics would go there.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• heard from McGrath that bids will be opened Thursday for the water main work planned for the south side.

• set the board of review, when the county assessor will be present to hear grievances about individual valuations, from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29.

• noted that the city newsletter went out to everyone in Dassel who receives a utility bill from the city.

• heard a report from McGrath that the bid for a fire truck pumper was issued and that interested parties have until Monday, June 22 to respond.

• heard that the city has received two bids for the roofing work on the city office building. A third is expected.

Recycling day is Sat., May 2; those who wish curbside pickup must call city to arrange it

A large-item recycling day has been set aside Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. where residents may bring their items to the liquor store parking lot to be collected and recycled. Another option on this day is to arrange curbside pickup for those unable to transport their items for a cost of $3 extra per item.

Residents must call the City of Dassel ahead of time to schedule the curbside pickup, 275-2454. Otherwise, they may bring the items to the liquor store parking lot for dropoff.

There are nominal fees for each item, with the following being accepted: appliances, computers, monitors, TVs, tires, and car batteries.

Curbside pickup of large trash items is Sat., May 16

A curbside pickup of trash and miscellaneous items is set for Saturday, May 16, which is free to residents.

A sample of what can be taken away includes old carpet, lumber, furniture and many other kinds of miscellaneous things – or just about anything that is not listed as being unacceptable, Administrator Myles McGrath said. Items “not” acceptable are appliances, electronics, batteries, tires, and fluorescent bulbs.

Neither of these collection dates are open for hazardous household waste, which must be taken care of through Meeker County.


 

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