BY GABE LICHT
DELANO, MN A total of 26 single-family lots will be added to the Highland Ridge subdivision, after the Delano City Council approved the fifth addition of the development Tuesday.
City Planner Alan Brixius said the development on the 11.5-acre plat was consistent with the city’s comprehensive plan, as well as the preliminary plat for the site, which was approved in 2005.
The neighborhood will include public sidewalks.
Brixius said the planning commission had reviewed the application and recommended approval with the following conditions:
• The applicants respond to the plan recommendations of the city engineer report dated June 6.
• Water services to each home be located outside of driveways.
• The applicants provide a detailed landscape plan for a buffer yard along Davidson Avenue for block 4 that is consistent with the approved concept plan. Furthermore, no driveways will be allowed on Davidson, which is intended to be a collector road from Wright County Road 30 to the West Metro Business Park.
• The applicants shall pay a cash contribution of $1,868 per unit to be collected prior to recording the final plat.
• The applicants shall enter into a development agreement with the city associated with improvements required for the Highland Ridge Fifth Addition.
Assistant City Engineer Shawn Louwagie said that comments regarding the plat’s storm water were limited, as issues were addressed when the fourth addition was approved.
In related conversation, the council noted that Crow River Church is exploring the possibility of building a church on the lot at the northeast corner of Davidson and County Road 30.
“We’ll have to look at access needs if that becomes a church there,” Brixius said.
“I’m just thinking, if it becomes a destination, not only does it affect the residential neighborhood, but all along 30, which is already kind of a speedway,” Councilwoman Betsy Stolfa said.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• conducted a public hearing, with no public comments, and adopted an ordinance annexing property located off Highway 12 adjacent to the existing Randy’s Environmental Services materials recovery facility. Organix Solutions, a subsidiary of Randy’s Environmental Services, requested the annexation of the 5.58-acre triangular parcel. A building between 40,000 and 65,000 square feet is planned for the site, though the council only addressed the annexation. Before building plans could proceed, a rezoning of the property would need to be approved.
• conducted a public hearing, with no public comments, and adopted a resolution approving the vacation of a drainage and utility easement with the Delano Public Schools campus within the city of Delano. Councilman Jon Sutherland also noted a pork chop turnaround should be added at the end of Tower Drive, which abuts the property in question.
• approved the purchase of a John Deere mower for about $12,617, including a $5,000 trade-in for the 2015 model currently used by public works, from Minnesota Equipment. The city had also received a bid from Lano Equipment for a Toro mower for about $8,617, including a $4,000 trade in, but staff believed the John Deere model and the higher trade-in was a better deal.
• approved the purchase of point-of-sale computer software from Total Register Systems for Delano Wine and Spirits. The price is $4,180, plus $24.95 per card-processing terminal per month. Delano Wine & Spirits manager Nancy said purchasing the terminals would cost $600 per unit, and the store would have to pay extra for updates, which are included in the rental. The POS system had been the same since 1992, or earlier.
• appointed Lukas Gardner and Kaleb Fish as probationary firefighters and accepted the resignation of firefighter Erik Knoop.
• approved a request from El Molcajete to add 162 square feet to the outdoor dining area there.