September 9, 2015, Planning Commission Minutes

SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 – 7:00 PM
Attendance: Steve Erickson, Catherine Palen, DJ Goman, Public Works.

1. CALL TO ORDER – Chair Hoffman called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.


3. ROLL CALL - Mason, Struck, Tempero, Hoffman, Kaczanowski.

4. ADOPT AGENDA – Struck makes a motion and Mason seconds to adopt the agenda. All votes ayes, motion carries.

5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Mason makes a motion and Struck seconds to approve the minutes. All votes ayes, motion carries.
a. Planning Commission Meeting Minutes from August 12, 2015 -

6. CONSIDERATION/DISCUSSION ITEMS – Tolsma said a small tour might be worthwhile. Tolma explained on the tour where the proposed addition will be going, where the variance from the ten foot side yard will be and where the clear well is located. Several questions from attendees about how the water filtering system works. Goman was in attendance and was able to answer the questions.
a. Public Hearing 4333 Warren Avenue - Sideyard Variance
- Memo from City Staff
- Mailing list of surrounding property owners notified

Tolsma stated the city did ask for a few other additions to the plan and the State will only pay for what is related to the water cleanup.

Struck wondered if there should be something in writing from the property owner affected granting approval versus verbal. Tolsma said the affected property owner was properly notified and stated he had no objection. She thinks it might be worthwhile. Tolsma said they’ve been asked about landscaping after the project and that has not been decided yet.

Hoffman opens the public hearing at 7:29 p.m. Hoffman closes the public hearing at 7:29 p.m. after taking no comments.

Mason asked about the projected completion date. Tolsma said the bids are due the first week of October; he said the State will then review the bids and award the project. He said they are hoping for a contractor that will complete the shell before winter and then work on the internal during the winter. Tolsma added they are hoping for operational in the spring. Mason asked about the well that is pumping the water and Tolsma said it is well number three and Spring Park has been using this well solely for the last year.

Tempero wondered what would happen if the council denied the variance action. Tolsma said the bids are based upon the present plan and any changes would require a change order and the State would place the increased costs on the City. Tolsma said it would be different if this wasn’t an addition and because the neighboring property is nursery storage, an expansion of the existing water plant makes the most sense.

Hoffman asks for a motion to approve the sideyard variance. Mason makes the motion and Kaczanowski seconds. All votes ayes, motion carries.

a. Council Minutes – August 3, 2015
b. Council Minutes – August 17, 2015
c. Council Work Session Minutes – August 24, 2015

8. MISCELLANEOUS – Hoffman said at the last meeting Kaczanowski asked about a tennis net. Kaczanowski said one of the nets was broken. He said he hasn't been over there lately so it might have been fixed. He wondered if the nets could be raised and lowered for the pickle ball players and he believes it might be nice to be able to do that. Tolsma said he will follow up with Goman about this. Tolsma said he assumes the net must have been fixed because we haven’t heard any complaints. Kaczanowski wonders if pickle ball should be allowed. Tolsma said pickle ball has really caught on so the City has striped the court to accommodate the game. He said there haven’t been any complaints from tennis players about pickle ball players or about the nets. He said there has been talk about building a standalone court for pickle ball. Bren confirmed there is wide use of the courts and Westonka Community Education prints in their brochure about the availability of the courts.

Kaczanowski said his youngest son is here and Daniel Kaczanowski wondered if Frisbee golf could be incorporated into the space behind the tennis court area. Pete Kaczanowski said this could be done quite economically as the set up for the flags can just be done with dock posts. He said he would be willing to look into this if this is something the City would be interested in. Hoffman suggests a regulation course be looked into with the baskets at the poles. Kaczanowski also wondered about a soccer net and he knows when his kids were younger there was a shortage of fields for young soccer players. He feels Wilkes Park would be a good spot for some soccer nets. Hoffman thinks the budget should be looked at for some of these requests. Mason wondered if the fields would have to be striped and Kaz said it’s not necessary at this time and maybe to weigh it depending upon the interest. Struck said parking has been brought up in the past for Wilkes Park. Kaczanowski said even one soccer net at Thor Thompson, back by the basketball court, would be nice and he knows it would be used. Kaczanowski said he’ll do some measuring of both parks to see if there is room. Hoffman said there is a Frisbee Golf outlet in St. Louis Park for equipment.

9. ADJOURNMENT – Struck made a motion and Tempero seconded to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 p.m. All votes ayes, motion carries.

Wendy Lewin, City Clerk
Dan Tolsma, City Administrator