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3/12/2013 12:08:00 PM
Lot split for Casey's approved

By Larry Dobson

Dodge Center's City Council approved an application by Nick Smith to split off the south 61.54 feet of his 140.25 foot wide lot so he can sell it to Casey's General Store to be combined with the parcel owned by Lyle Hoaglund with the Center Auto building. Smith's parcel is where his auto repair garage is located. City staff reviewed the application and reported finding nothing objectionable to the council. City Administrator Lee Mattson said Section 15.10 of the City Code authorizes the council to approve such a split without full platting process in certain instances. The council also approved a sign permit application from Casey's. Normally, these requests would be first reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission but it did not have a quorum this month.

In other action, the council approved:

• payment of bills totaling $57,300.40;

• a request buy the ambulance service to purchase two computers at a cost of $1,978.99 each;

• paying off the $713,202.42 balance owed on bonds issued by the EDA to build the aquatic center. The city's financial advisor, Mike Bubany recommended paying off the bonds, which carry an interest rate of 5.2%. The city currently pays by leasing the aquatic center from the EDA for $69,000 annually with the payment then being applied to bond payments. The city can currently borrow money at 2%. The city in the best case may save as much as $140,000, in the worst case break even;

• approved $2,500 for summer recreation programming by Triton Community Education. It also approved making the field by the aquatic center available for summer rec use from June 3 through the end of July. There was some discussion of renting a portable toilet for the field, which prompted Mayor Ketchum to remark that for the $500 rental fee he would rather just walk home, as he lives near the park. Matt Dickie then suggested that might be a solution if people could just go to the mayor's house. Ketchum responded that he could put a bucket on his porch. With further discussion they decided the restrooms in the pavillion and aquatic center are probably adequate for the park;

• approved interfund loan transfers to pay off 2004 street project bonds. The total amount of transfers and repayments is $179,800;

• approved a change in plans for adding two new ambulance positions. The council had previously approved hiring two EMTs and staff was preparing to advertise the positions, but Ambulance Director Dan Stensrud and some volunteers suggested the city hire instead one EMT and a paramedic. A paramedic is allowed to perform more procedures than an EMT and could also do training. After discussion, the change was approved;

• approved delaying issuance of 2013 garbage licenses for one month until all the applicants furnish the information they are required to provide with their applications;

• approved three SHIP free swim days this summer at a fee of $525 total for the three days.

The council discussed but took no action on:

• uneven heating and cooling in city hall;

• a request by Wanamingo for a letter to the legislature supporting the addition of Wanamingo to the list of cities to receive funds from the Rochester sales tax recently approved by the legislature;

• on-street parking causing snow removal problems near several rental properties in the city. The council asked city staff to review what the city has done in the past and report back.

The next council meeting is Monday, March 25.

Claremont Service

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