Area News

Aug. 18, 2017

Meeker County makes GIS images available to public

As of Aug. 1, Meeker County residents can find images of 17,000 parcels of county property online, the Litchfield Independent Review reported.

The county board recently approved making the images available to the public.

The photos were taken in flights in 2007 and this year as part of implementing the county’s geographic information system (GIS).

The images can be accessed from the county website, www.co.meeker.mn.us/, by clicking “Beacon property search.”

Mound approves swimming pool amendment

After a split vote turned down the option in 2014, last week the Mound City Council approved an amendment allowing for homeowners with a pool to use automated pool covers as an alternative to a fence.

The previous regulation requires between a 5- and 6-foot tall fence surrounding any new pool structures. The amendment started as an application by Mound resident Troy Koopman that was reviewed by the Mound Planning Commission.

“This is one of those arguments where you can pick and choose which is safer,” Mayor Mark Wegschied said. “Your point about being able to lock this in your absence is a solid argument. I think this is acceptable, a lot of the other communities are doing this.”

Jimmy John’s expected to open in Waconia this fall

Waconia residents will soon get Jimmy John’s trademarked “freaky fast” delivery service at their doorsteps, the Waconia Patriot reported.

The national sandwich delivery chain will open at 140 Depot Drive in Waconia sometime this fall, according to operations manager Jackie Knodt-Suss, who will be joined in the endeavor by her husband, Kevin Suss, and brother, Matt Knodt, who will be owners of the shop.

Knodt-Suss cited the shop’s proximity to Ridgeview Medical Center and Waconia’s growing population as two factors to help drive the franchise’s delivery-based model.

Hutchinson approves new road for new hotel

Construction is expected to begin around Labor Day on a 550-foot access road that will bring visitors to Hutchinson’s newest hotel, a 54-unit Cobblestone Hotel & Suites, the Hutchinson Leader reported.

The city council gave the go-ahead on the $468,000 project to Rosti Construction of Jordan Tuesday. The road will run parallel to State Highway 7 and extend west from Prospect Avenue Northeast. It will end in the parking lot of the hotel, which will be built on the northeast corner of the State Highway 7/15 intersection.

The project, along with a retaining wall reaching up to 10 feet tall, is expected to be completed by Oct. 6. Work on the hotel, being developed by Duluth-based Titanium Partners, is expected to begin soon after the road is done.

Grocery store celebrates 50 years in Annandale

Annandale’s Marketplace will be celebrating 50 years in business Saturday, the Annandale Advocate reported.

Marvin Marohn, 86, opened Marv’s Red Owl, his first store in Annandale in 1967.

In the 50 years since then, Marohn’s Marketplace has grown to four stores in Annandale, Buffalo, Cokato, and St. Michael.

The present 45,000-square-foot Annandale Marketplace on Highway 55 opened Nov. 5, 2003.

A celebration is planned Saturday, Aug. 19 in the Annandale Marketplace parking lot.

Buffalo approves $150,700 bid for water tower coating

Buffalo City Council approved the lowest of eight bids received for coating water tower number 2 near Northwinds Elementary School Aug. 7, the Wright County Journal-Press reported.

Maguire Iron of Sioux Falls, SD submitted the low bid of $150,700.

City engineer Justin Kannas told the council the city has three other water towers that will need attention in the near future. A typical water tower can last 15 to 20 years without routine maintenance, according to Kannas. Water tower number 4 was built in 2000.

Monticello brewery gets one step closer to approval

Monticello’s newest taproom and brewery has conquered an early hurdle on its way to opening its facility, the Monticello Times reported.

The planning commission, during its Aug. 1 meeting, recommended approval of the conditional use permit request submitted by Bill and Penny Burt, owners of Rustech Brewing.

The proposed microbrewery is set to occupy about 2,000 square feet of the building at 213 Pine Street.

The conditional use permit was scheduled to be considered by the city council Monday.

Hanover approves hiring a third maintenance worker

Recognizing an increase in the workload for the public works department, the Hanover City Council approved hiring a third maintenance worker during its July 31 meeting.

The council discussed terms of hiring Carl Olson, which included a wage of $24.52 per hour, the top of the scale, and three weeks vacation. After discussion, the council approved offering Olson the position with two weeks vacation, rather than three, after a six-month probationary period.

The council had already budgeted the additional position.

Committee recommends changes at Glencoe muni

At its Monday afternoon meeting, Glencoe’s personnel and legislative committee discussed the open liquor store position at Glencoe Wine & Spirits and the recommendations made by the administration including job description, pay, and hiring, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

It is recommended to change the position from assistant manager to manager and update the job description accordingly, change the job points from 494 to 750, and hire Jon VanDamme for the position of liquor store manager. He is an active member in the community and has very competitive managing experience.