6/14/2018 3:13:00 PM Council considers flushing of unflushable wipes and lots of other city business
By Larry Dobson
Dodge Center City Council members had a busy night at the meeting Monday, with a public hearing, a presentation on a wind energy project and an eviction problem preceding their regular business agenda.
The public hearing on a hobby kennel License application by Keith and Alicia Rosenau was the first item of business, and no one appeared in opposition. There had been three letters to the city regarding the application, one in opposition and two in favor. There had also been one call to law enforcement about dogs making noise in July last year, but nothing before or since. After discussion, the application was approved.
Representatives from Dodge County Wind, LLC next presented information about a proposed wind energy project to be built in Dodge and Steele counties. It will consist of up to 71 GE turbines with a combined production capacity of 170 megawatts.
The Center Clinic and Nehemiah Family Services, both of which are currently renting space in the old school building in Dodge Center, have been given eviction notices and came to the city asking to rent the old ambulance building. No decision was made but they were asked to determine whether the building would be adequate for their needs while the city also considers the request.
Community Development Specialist Liz Johnson next presented two projects approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission.
The first was Resolution 2018-20 approving a conditional use permit to Doug Ims allowing a concrete and bituminous rumple pile with conditions to keep dust and noise at a minimum and limiting operation to weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., and crushing is limited to four weeks per calendar year.
The second was a zoning request from Faith Lutheran Church allowing it to change the message area of its sign to a digital sign with no change in size. It was also approved.
Charles Dappen, PeopleService, reported on work with the city's sewer system, including notice that lift pumps continue to be getting ragged up with handy wipe products, which should not be flushed into the system.
Ambulance Director Jared Oscarson presented a quote for gutters to be added on the fire station and ambulance building. The $2,266.40 item was approved.
The council approved Resolution 2018-21 for a public hearing Monday, July 9 on the establishment of Tax Increment Financing District No. 1-14 for proposed redevelopment of the old Greenway Fertilizer Plant property.
An Aquatic Center request to hire Morgan Mealy as a WSI was approved.
An airport lease assignment of the lease of James Orr to Harvey Aadahl was approved.
No action was taken on a solicitation for an ad in the Triton Yearbook or on a noise complaint about noise levels prior to 5 a.m. at McNeilus Recycling, but members will contact McNeilus Recycling about the problem.
The council also approved participation in National Night Out and set July 11 for a council retreat. It also discussed but took no action on complaints about neighbors' sump pumps dumping water on neighbors' lawns.