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Cokato council approves funds for site analysis for possible library expansion

OCT. 19, 2009

Total cost to be shared with FOCAL, Cokato Historical Society

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

COKATO, MN - The Cokato Public Library’s expansion committee is one step closer now after the Cokato City Council approved providing half the cost of a site analysis during the city council meeting last night.

Librarian Sheila Rieke told the council a site analysis would lay the groundwork for going forward when it comes to a possible museum/library expansion.

At last month’s meeting, the council was asked to contribute $20,000 toward the cost of architect fees in exploring the idea of a library expansion northward to the current Paulson site.

Rieke informed the council Tuesday that the Friends of the Cokato Area Library (FOCAL) would be willing to contribute $5,000 of its own money toward a site analysis to be done by SEH, an architectural firm.

Cokato Museum Director Mike Worcester told the council there is a possibility the Cokato Historical Society would contribute $5,000, as well. Worcester noted there was no formal action taken at the September meeting, but it would be on the agenda at Thursday’s (Oct. 15) scheduled meeting.

The city council approved $10,000 toward the project, with the two organizations contributing the remaining $10,000.

Other business

In other business, the council approved the following:

• a request by Mark Determan, owner of the Iron Horse Bar and Grill, to construct a 6-foot by 18-foot wood enclosure on the city-owned parking lot (next to the newly built patio) to contain the dumpster.

• BMH Enterprises of Hutchinson to be the provider of electronic waste collection for the residents of Cokato with services effective from Nov. 1 2009 to Nov. 1 2010. It was noted this service is at no cost to the city.

This will give more opportunities throughout the year for residents to recycle large household appliances, according to Don Levens, city administrator.

• an ordinance amendment for new developers and business recruitment with the purpose of expanding communication after initial business contact with city offices.

• a planning and zoning recommendation for an application submitted by Austin and Morgan Stephenson for a replat with three variances on property located at 455 Brooks Lake Road. This would allow future land sale and a new single-family home in a R1 Residential District.

• a planning and zoning recommendation for an ordinance amendment to allow the Alternative Learning Center as a “permitted use” in a Highway Business District.

• being involved in a mass transit study of the Little Crow Transit Corridor in the State Passenger Rail Plan as requested by State Representative Dean Urdahl.

• purchase of salt and/or sand to be shared between the City of Cokato and Wright County.

• purchase of a 1999 GMC C8500 unit for $55,000 from the City of Minnetonka. Public Works Director Ken Bakke told the council the city’s sanitary sewer line cleaning truck (1979 Chevrolet C-60), will no longer pass Minnesota Department of Transportation inspection due to its steering wheel mechanism.

It was also noted that a new unit would cost approximately $100,000 or more.


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