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City seeks advance of municipal state aid funds for street projects
March 20, 2020

BY GABE LICHT
Editor

DELANO, MN – As Delano prepares to improve several streets, it is looking to advance state aid funds in the amount of $1,238,720.

That is the maximum the city can advance because it is five times the amount of the last allocation for construction, which was $247,744.

Funds will be used on the following state aid streets:

• Second Street North from Elm Avenue to Park Avenue

• Third Street North from Elm Avenue to Maple Avenue

• Maple Avenue East from Second Street to Third Street

• Oak Avenue East from River Street to Third Street

“Advancements are subject to a first-come, first-served basis and availability,” City Engineer Shawn Louwagie said.

“We’ve done it before,” City Administrator Phil Kern added. “Quite frankly, we haven’t asked for an advance in recent years because we knew this street project would need it.”

In related business, the council approved a resolution restricting parking on those state aid streets within the project area.

In other construction-related business, the council authorized to bid the Wright County Road 30 reconstruction project between Third Street and County Road 13; including a roundabout at the McKinley Parkway intersection, and the extension of trunk sewer, trunk water main, and McKinley Avenue improvements to the south to serve future development as part of the project.

Estimates put the county’s portion of the project at $2,975,000, while the city’s portion is estimated at $936,000. The city’s portion will be assessed to benefiting property owners.

Bids will be opened in mid-April, with construction occurring from May to September.

O’Reilly Auto Parts
The council approved the site and building plans for O’Reilly Auto Parts at 791 Babcock Blvd. E.

Access for the business will be off Seventh Street South. It may need to be adjusted to accommodate truck traffic.

The applicant must provide a plan for landscaping along the perimeter of the parking lot to prevent headlights from shining onto Highway 12, demonstrate a plan for a wetland buffer, and remove invasive plants in the wetland.

All grading, storm water, and utility plans have been reviewed.

Wastewater treatment plant
Changes at the wastewater treatment plant are needed to meet Minnesota Pollution Control Agency requirements.

With that in mind, the council approved the facility plan update for the plant.

It calls for two 685-gallon alum tanks to be replaced by a 5,500-gallon tank. That would allow the city to purchase alum in bulk, saving about 80 cents per gallon.

In order to make room for the larger tank, a wall must be pushed out about 10 feet.

Another plant modification the council is considering is the inclusion of a screw press, which would help with anticipated additional loading from new businesses in the West Metro Business Park; and the potential ban on non-native phragmites that are currently used in the facility’s reed beds.

925 Babcock Blvd. E.
Carvici is an internet auto sales business looking to relocate from 265 River St. to 925 Babcock Blvd. E.

In order to do so, the council approved rezoning and a conditional use permit for the property.

The proposed use is compatible with the city’s comprehensive plan, allows an existing business to be relocated in town, and will not overburden utilities or streets.

Floor area for each tenant of the building must be provided, parking stalls must be striped, and the property is not to be used for unlicensed or damaged vehicles.

Rural event centers
The city currently has two existing rural event centers, but did not have an ordinance pertaining to them.

The council approved such an ordinance, and approved an interim use permit for a rural event center at 3527 Hwy. 12.

Rural event centers must be located on at least a three-acre parcel.

All buildings must meet building and fire code standards.

If municipal utilities are available, the facilities must connect to them.

If there are not municipal utilities or an onsite system, portable toilets may be allowed.

On-street parking will be allowed for events attended by 49 or fewer people.

There may be up to six outdoor events that would have to comply with outdoor event permits.

Any sale or consumption of alcohol would have to meet liquor code requirements.

Because rural event centers are an interim use, if any conditions are not followed, it may be grounds for expiration of that permit.

Odds and ends
In other business, the council:

• approved a request for a final plat at Neisen Ridge, located within Highland Ridge Third Addition. It consists of a three-lot single-family residential subdivision.

• tabled a resolution establishing assistance for property owners impacted by sanitary sewer service line failures.

• approved Kenji Matsuda to full firefighter status.

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