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Glenwood City Common Council looks at its zoning map; Library to Celebrate 115 years

GLENWOOD CITY — The city council spent some time talking about the city’s zoning map at their regular meeting Monday evening, May 11, which council member Steve Lee referred to, as “That map is wrong.”

What brought the map to the attention of the council was a request by Jay Lovgren to allow a possible zoning change or conditional use permit for a small engine repair business at his residence at 827 Third Street. To be legal to operate a business at his home would require a zone change or at least a conditional use permit. Lee noted that over the years the council issued several permits for businesses in the residential areas. He also noted that people had businesses in residential areas without even getting a permit.

The council discussed several other areas in the city that they felt was zoned wrong, but council member Ken Peterson concluding by asking the question, “How do we fix Jay’s problem?”

In order to make a change it is necessary to publish a notice and then hold a public hearing on the matter.  The council agreed to move ahead with the necessary paperwork to have that public hearing date set with Peterson noting that this has been in the city’s hands since January.

In other city business, the council heard from public works director Doug Doornink about the couple of street lights on West Oak Street that were not working. Doornink said that they repaired one and the other near Ormson’s store would need to be taken down so new wiring could be installed underground. He told the council that he would take down the pole so the repair could be completed.

Doornink also informed the council that the new fence around the swimming pool is being installed and he asked permission from the council to purchase two new front tires for the city’s riding mower. The cost is $136 each for a tire that takes very little air to inflate. He noted that the mower is four years old and has 700 hours on it. He also questioned the council about people that do not mow the grass at their homes and the headache it was to carry through with notification to the property owners and the time line required to enforce the ordinance. He concluded, “It’s not one of my highlights of the day.” Doornink said that a private firm is contracted to do the mowing if the grass is longer than eight inches and the city bills the property owner fifty-dollar administrative fee plus the cost of the private firm.

The council listened to member Nancy Hover give the monthly report on the local library, where it was noted that planning for the Summer Reading Program is underway. The program begins on June 8. For more information, her report indicated to visit the library’s web site at http://glenwoodcitylibrary.org.

Hover also noted that the library would be celebrating its 115th anniversary with a program on June 22.

The council approved a Temporary Class B license for the St. Croix County Fair Inc. for the Rodeo on June 19 and 20 and for the fair on July 15 to 19. They also approved operator’s licenses for Samuel K. Monson, Kristina M. Monson, Bailey M. Britton and Janie E. Jeske.

From the minutes of the Organizational meeting of the council held on April 21st it was learned that Terry Klinger was elected president of the council. Council members that will serve on the Board of Review are: Klinger, Nancy Hover and Steve Lee. The Board of Review is set for May 27th. At that meeting the council heard from its auditor who reported that the City’s General fund had an unassigned fund balance of $212,976.