At the St. Michael’s City Council meeting on September 28, council approved that the Wright County Grant Agreement Fund’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee be comprised of 23 to 24 members. In 2020, the committee numbered around twenty people.
The committee helps decide where grant funds can be used to promote healthy communities within St. Michael. Some possible projects are transportation, parks and trails, and land use. Currently, the county has $ 7,700, but more money may become available during the year.
There are already 17 members on the committee, which includes a wide range of people ranging from community residents to business owners, a teacher, city council members (Keith Wettschreck and Ryan Gleason) and more. The city has solicited more members via social media in hopes of getting feedback from new residents. Six new people expressed their interest and were allowed to join the committee at the board meeting.
“I was impressed by all [who applied]Said Marc Weigle, director of community development.
Prior to the meeting, the board received applications and biographies of those who applied.
Councilor Joe Hagerty was curious as to whether anyone would monitor the meetings to ensure the committee remained focused on its task. “Will there be a chair?” Just someone who can sort of guide them if they start to creep through the weeds? ” He asked.
“In general, the consultant is supposed to be the facilitator,” Weigle replied. The consultant has not yet been appointed.
Also at the meeting, the board discussed the drafted minutes of the Economic Development Authority meeting. The EDA has voted and approved the sale of the property located at 105 Central Avenue E. The buyer agrees to construct at least one 3,500 square foot building, but plans to make the building at least 4000 square feet.
The EDA also discussed a potential buyer of another property located at the northwest corner of Highway 241 and Naber Avenue NE. The buyer is an undisclosed company that is a larger distributor of raw materials that would potentially construct a one-story industrial building and have semi-trucks and forklifts entering and exiting the property and building.
“First reaction of [the EDA committee] was [the industrial building] could be a tough sell, ”Weigle said. “It is adjacent to residential areas.
Weigle wasn’t concerned with the building’s noise since it would span 32 acres, but the property would cost around a dozen townhouses. The potential buyer’s designs have green space around the building to dampen noise.
The company is looking to start with 30 jobs and then maybe grow to 100. The company entrepreneur at the EDA meeting said the loudest noises in the company would be the noise of trucks. .
“I am not against the industry [use] generally in this region, ”Councilor Wettschreck said. “I think it might be a good fit, but he must have something more than [100 jobs]. “
Some council members shared their concerns about the expansion of the building after its construction.
“I had a hesitation after the fact,” said councilor Nadine Schoen. “What they presented was wonderful. My biggest hesitation is what happens later … There are apartment houses there. My biggest hesitation is what if.
Representatives of the potential company plan to attend the next Planning Commission meeting on October 6.
APPROVED the contract with Loucks Associates for the design services of the new Barthel neighborhood park. The proposed amount is $ 107,200 to Loucks Associates out of the park’s budget of $ 740,000.
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