Local developers hope one-year relief will attract potential builders
By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN - In an effort to stimulate its own economy and promote new residential construction, the Cokato City Council agreed to suspend sewer and water access charges for one year at Monday’s meeting.
The request came from Randy Lundeen and John Sundblad, developers in the Cokato area, as an incentive to potential builders and home owners.
Eliminating access charges reduces the cost of the building permit package by $5,000.
Mayor Bruce Johnson liked the idea, saying it was something that could jump-start the local economy.
Council members Butch Amundsen and Carl Harju both liked the idea, as well.
“It’s worth a try,” Amundsen said.
The motion was effective as of Nov. 1.
Route 153 to get overlay
Also during the meeting, the council was informed that County Route 153 is on Wright County’s five-year highway construction plan for 2010 to receive mill and overlay.
Route 153 runs west on Third Street to north on Jackson Avenue.
Public hearing for Klarbacken
Before the meeting began, a public hearing was conducted regarding the vacation of sanitary sewer easement in Klarbacken’s second addition.
It was noted that the sanitary sewer had been relocated and a utility easement was no longer needed.
There were no objections or questions and the council approved the resolution later in the meeting.
In other business, the council:
• approved the appointments of rink/maintenance attendants for the upcoming skating season for the outdoor rink. The hired rink attendants are: Carl Holm, Jeff Barth, Lea Hoikka, and Travis Sebring.
Jeremy Quaas and Jeff Salmela were hired for flooding and maintenance. Scott Salmela was hired for on call and Christmas vacation.
• approved the certification of delinquent utility accounts for 2010 to be forwarded to the Wright County auditor. The actual number of accounts and final dollar amount to be certified would not be known until later in the month.
• announced the winter parking ban for 2009-10 snow season would go into effect Nov. 15 until April 1, which states no vehicle is allowed to park on any city street between 2 and 6 a.m.
• agreed to be the applicant for a Dassel-Cokato Regional Ice and Sports Center grant for state funding. See separate article for details.