By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN Plans were given the go-ahead Tuesday night for construction of Lil’ Explorers Childcare Center in Delano on 13th Street South, across from CVS Pharmacy.
Shingobee Builders presented plans on behalf of Jen Schultz to construct a 7,800-square-foot building for the center in the Delano West Crossing area.
The council approved the site and building plan review, a conditional use permit for the commercial day care facility being within the B-2 general business district, and the preliminary and final plat for the property.
At the council meeting, City Planner Alan Brixius of Northwest Associated Consultants reviewed the standards of the city’s subdivision and zoning ordinances, as well as conditions of the conditional use permit/site plan.
The proposed day care is designed for an enrollment of 120 children and 14 adult supervisors. City standards require one parking stall per adult supervisor, plus one parking stall per 12 children, requiring a total of 26 parking stalls.
It was also noted there will be no bus parking within 60 feet of the 13th Street/St. Peter Avenue intersection, and that all children will be escorted by an adult supervisor to and from the bus stop. An on-street bus stop will be allowed on St. Peter Avenue.
Delano Mayor Dale Graunke said the facility will be a nice addition to town, and welcomed Schulz to Delano.
Schultz said the plan is to break ground the end of April or early May, and open the facility in September.
Schultz also operates a Lil’ Explorers Childcare Center in Waconia, which opened in March 2003, and is a 13,500-square-foot center that is licensed for 153 children
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• authorized additions to the security camera system in the Crow River Villa building. A proposal from Security and Sound of Watertown for $1,906 was approved.
• appointed Josh Menard, Herbert (Jim) Rassatt III, and Jerry Wunderlich to probationary status on the Delano Fire Department, which lasts 18 months.
• approved purchasing accident plan insurance coverage for city volunteers. In the event of an emergency, the city’s workers compensation covers volunteers. However, when there is no emergency, volunteers are not covered by the city.
The quote approved was prorated for March through December, and will cost $484 for the remainder of the year.
• approved an ordinance amending the city code relating to residency requirements for members of city boards, commissions, and task forces, changing it to allow the appointment of a non-resident under the condition the person is a property owner within the city.
“A lot of the business people have great ideas,” Graunke said.
• approved modifications to municipal state aid street designations.
The designations are reviewed periodically to ensure significant corridors are included in the state aid system and to maximize the allotted mileage designations, according to City Engineer Vince Vander Top of Wenck Associates.
• authorized participation in a mutual aid agreement with Minnesota Water Agency Response Network (MnWARN).
This is a resource of cities in the state working together, sharing resources/equipment and staff in emergencies, according to Public Safety Director Bob Van Lith. This program is designed primarily for utilities and city infrastructure.
Van Lith said there are about 200 cities across the state in the program, including Monticello, Loretto, and Rockford. The regional leader would be from the City of St. Cloud.