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CITY OF LAKE ST ...

    CITY OF LAKE ST. CROIX BEACH

    1919 QUEBEC AVENUE SOUTH

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA

    PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

    November 12, 2008

    REGULAR MEMBERS PRESENT: Gina Allen, Barb Kopp, Linda O’Donnell, Don

    Roberts, Mary Yanchar

STAFF PRESENT: Cindie Reiter, Amy Truhlar

    OTHERS PRESENT: Mark Blaisdell, Rusty Zignego (St. Francis of

    Assissi), Mike Wizton (A-+ Lakeland Auto), Jon

    Place (St. Croix Beach Club), Pat Wood (LPD

    Electric), Mike Edgell (Nails, Etc.), Mike

    (Freedom), Julia Lambert, Linda Geare

CALL TO ORDER by Chair Yanchar at 7:05 p.m. Commission Members introduced

    themselves.

APPROVE AGENDA

    MOTION BY COMMISSIONER ROBERTS, SECONDED BY

    COMMISSIONER KOPP, TO APPROVE THE AGENDA AS PRESENTED.

    MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

PUBLIC HEARING ON ANNUAL REVIEW OF CONDITIONAL USE PERMITS

    AND CERTIFICATES OF COMPLIANCE

OPEN PUBLIC HEARING by Commission Chair Yanchar at 7:06 p.m.

CONDITIONAL USE PERMITS AND CERTIFICATES OF COMPLIANCE

     Conditional Use Permits

    1. A-+ Lakeland Auto, 1770 St. Croix Trail South

    2. Beedle, Jack (Old Fire Barn), 2040 St. Croix Trail South

    3. Birdseye Properties d/b/a Wood Wonders Supply and Design, Inc., 1925 Quinlan

    Avenue South

    4. Blaisdell, Mark (triplex), 1880 Riviera Avenue South

    5. Bohnhoff, John (duplex), 1936 Racine Avenue South

    6. Bordertown Holdings LLC d/b/a LPD Electric, 1950 Quasar Avenue South

    7. City of Lake St. Croix Beach, 1919 Quebec Avenue South

    8. Erickson Oil Products d/b/a Freedom, 2020 St. Croix Trail South

    9. Kopp Sign & Design, 16343 19

    th Street South 10. Lower St. Croix Valley Fire Department, 150 St. Croix Trail South

    11. Nails Etc., 1980 Quasar Avenue South

    th12. Paul Holslin (duplex), 16360 16370 18 Street South

    th Street South

     13. St. Croix Beach Club, 2030 St. Croix Trail South HEAR PUBLIC COMMENTS/READ WRITTEN COMMENTS Certificates of Compliance A-+ Lakeland Auto 14. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 16770 13Mike Wizton, owner of A+ Lakeland Auto, explained that he owned the business but John Buzick is still the owner of the property. His primary business is

    used auto parts sales, but they do crush some cars and perform installation of the parts

    that are sold. He noted that he had removed one tree and trimmed some branches to

    clean up the outside of the property on the east side. One commissioner stated there

    had been a line of sight issue. He explained that some of the cars are on stands, and

    they are working on getting them all on stands so they are off the ground. Business

    hours on Saturday have changed from 8:00 12:00 to 8:00 3:00.

Blaisdell, Mark (triplex)

     Mr. Blaisdell explained that his property is still undergoing construction. He

    hopes to have one full unit completed by the end of December 2008, but he has run into

    some trouble with the financing for the entire structure.

    LPD Electric

    Pat Wood, owner of LPD Electric, asked if he could install some outdoor lights on the north edge of the pole building. They would be recessed into the soffet, and

    would be used primarily in the morning to see between the two buildings. He

    wondered if that would change his CUP. The Planning Commission noted the City

    Attorney would need to make the decision whether to amend the CUP at the City

    Council meeting on Monday, November 17, 2008. There is conduit stacked outside,

    and he noted they will be moving that inside. He is also hoping to remove the porch on

    the small white building as it is not used.

    Mr. Wood then asked about the changes to the sprinkler system requirements. Since the City no longer has the requirement for sprinkler systems, he asked if he could

    take his out of commission as they are fairly expensive to maintain. The Planning

    Commission decided this would be another question the City Attorney should answer.

    He noted that he had a stormwater retention pond on his property as required. A

    raingarden was not required on his property.

City of Lake St. Croix Beach Essential Services and Parks

     It was noted here that the Hampton Group has been removed from the City’s list of Conditional User Permits/Certificates of Compliance. The City of Lake St. Croix

    Beach now owns this building.

     The fence at Pettitt Park in front of 2070 St. Croix Trail South is leaning. This

    could be due to the 5

    th wheel on the property or the fact that they push their snow into it

    during the winter. There is some graffiti on the east side of the new City Hall building.

    Freedom Valu Center

     While the Lakeland Freedom is undergoing construction, the Lake St. Croix

    Beach Freedom Value Center will have extended hours. They will go back to their

    winter hours (closing at 7:00 p.m.) when construction is finished. It was noted there is

    some graffiti on the west side of the building.

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Lower St. Croix Valley Fire Protection District

     It was suggested the City ask for a fire arms policy now that the deputies store

    fire arms in the building. The fire arms policy should outline standard operating

    procedures and explain how the fire arms are protected from unauthorized access

    and/or use.

Nails Etc.

     Mike Edgell, owner of Nails Etc., stated the raingarden was dug out. The City

    Engineer came to inspect and pointed out that it was incorrectly graded. Mr. Edgell can not get Chaves to return his calls or return to grade the raingarden correctly. He noted that runoff from the pole barn on the property to the north of him now comes off that

    roof and ends up in his raingarden. The owner of the pole barn (LPD Electric) stated he will work on resolving the issue with Mr. Edgell. The temporary signage displayed at

    Nails Etc. should be noted on the CUP.

     City Clerk-Administrator Reiter asked about the requirement for having CO

    detectors in residential buildings. She wondered if there was a way to check for this

    requirement or if it should be put on the CUPs of the duplexes or the triplex.

St. Croix Beach Club

     Jon Place, owner of the St. Croix Beach Club, noted that he had installed

    security cameras that can watch his parking lot and the north side of his property as

    well as the Old Fire Barn. He asked if he could make his sign taller so it can still be seen if a truck pulls in front of it. The question was raised whether it should be noted on his CUP that he has outside seating. The vending machine and the catering van are no

    longer on the property.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi

     Rusty Zignego attended the meeting representing the Church of St. Francis of

    Assisi. It was noted that drain tile had been installed near the old chapel. A fence was installed around the septic system, which was noted on the CUP. No other exterior

    changes are planned at this time. Clerk-Administrator Reiter explained that their

    cutting permit will be extended.

     Mary Yanchar then read the first paragraph of a written comment submitted by

    Ron Carlson regarding A+ Lakeland Auto. It is his opinion that this CUP should not be

    renewed. The entire comment was submitted into record.

    CLOSE PUBLIC HEARING by Chair Yanchar at 7:59 p.m.

    REGULAR PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

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    CALL TO ORDER by Chair Yanchar at 7:59 p.m.

    APPROVE MINUTES

MOTION BY COMMISSIONER O’DONNELL, SECONDED BY

    COMMISSIONER KOPP, TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF OCTOBER 1,

    2008 AS PRESENTED. MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

    NEW BUSINESS

RECOMMENDATIONS TO CITY COUNCIL ON ANNUAL RENEWAL OF

    CONDITIONAL USE PERMITS AND CERTIFICATES OF COMPLIANCE

    (Agenda item 3A)

     It was noted that the City of Lake St. Croix Beach has not received the fire

    inspection reports yet, but Jim Stanley has indicated he will get them to the City within

    the next couple of weeks. Many of the business owners present stated their inspection

    had been completed.

Conditional Use Permits

    ? A+ Lakeland Auto, 1770 St. Croix Trail South

    MOTION BY COMMISSIONER O’DONNELL, SECONDED BY

    COMMISSIONER ROBERTS, TO RECOMMEND TO THE CITY

    COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE ANNUAL RENEWAL OF THE

    CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR A+ LAKELAND AUTO NOTING

    THAT THE USE HAS BEEN CONTINUING AS NOTED IN THE

    PERMIT.

     There was brief discussion of Mr. Carlson’s opinion along with the City

    Attorney’s response. The use has not changed and the property was

    grandfathered. One commissioner asked if he could replace some privacy

    strips so the property could not be seen so well from the south. The owner has

    some extra slats he could put in, and spaces on the south fence and the southeast

    corner were noted as needing replacement. It was noted that no complaint has

    been made about this.

    MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

    ? Beedle, Jack (Old Fire Barn), 2040 St. Croix Trail South

     It was noted that the property is for sale and looks tidy.

    MOTION BY COMMISSIONER ROBERTS, SECONDED BY

    COMMISSIONER YANCHAR, TO RECOMMEND TO THE CITY

    COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE ANNUAL RENEWAL OF THE

    CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR JACK BEEDLE AND THE OLD

    FIRE HALL. MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

    ? Wood Wonders Supply & Design, Inc., 1925 Quinlan Avenue South

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MOTION BY COMMISSIONER ROBERTS, SECONDED BY

    COMMISSIONER ALLEN, TO RECOMMEND TO THE CITY

    COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE ANNUAL RENEWAL OF THE

    CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR WOOD WONDERS. MOTION

    PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

     It was noted that the City Council may want to make their approvals

    contingent upon a satisfactory fire inspection if the reports have not been

    submitted at that time.

    ? Blaisdell, Mark (triplex), 1880 Riviera Avenue South

MOTION BY COMMISSIONER ROBERTS, SECONDED BY

    COMMISSIONER KOPP, TO RECOMMEND TO THE CITY

    COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE ANNUAL RENEWAL OF THE

    CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR THE TRIPLEX AT 1880 RIVIERA

    AVENUE SOUTH. MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

    ? Bohnhoff, John (Duplex), 1936 Racine Avenue South

    City Clerk-Administrator Reiter noted that this application for renewal of the CUP has not yet been received.

MOTION BY COMMISSIONER ROBERTS, SECONDED BY

    COMMIISSIONER YANCHAR, TO RECOMMEND TO THE CITY

    COUNCIL TO DENY THE ANNUAL RENEWAL OF THE

    CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR THE DUPLEX AT 1936 RACINE

    UNTIL AN APPLICATION HAS BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE CITY

    OF LAKE ST. CROIX BEACH. MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

    ? LPD Electric, 1950 Quasar Avenue South

MOTION BY COMMISSIONER ROBERTS, SECONDED BY

    COMMISSIONER KOPP, TO RECOMMEND TO THE CITY

    COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE ANNUAL RENEWAL OF THE

    CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR LPD ELECTRIC, WITH THE

    CONDITION THAT THE OWNER LOOKS AT THE SOUTH ROOF

    LINE TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE OF RUNOFF ONTO THE

    ADJOINING PROPERTY TO THE SOUTH.

     It was suggested that perhaps he could meet with the owner of Nails Etc. and the City Engineer.

MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

    ? City of Lake St. Croix Beach, 1919 Quebec Avenue South

MOTION BY COMMISSIONER ROBERTS, SECONDED BY

    COMMISSIONER KOPP, TO RECOMMEND TO THE CITY

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COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE ANNUAL RENEWAL OF THE

    CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR THE CITY OF LAKE ST. CROIX

    BEACH ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND PARKS.

     City Clerk-Administrator Reiter asked if an amendment to the City’s

    CUP would be needed for the move is made to the new City Hall. Others would

    need to make that amendment.

MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

    ? Freedom Valu Center, 2020 St. Croix Trail South

MOTION BY COMMISSIONER ROBERTS, SECONDED BY

    COMMISSIONER O’DONNELL, TO RECOMMEND TO THE CITY COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE ANNUAL RENEWAL OF THE

    CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR FREEDOM VALU CENTER. thMOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. Street South

    ? Kopp Sign & Design, 16343 19MOTION BY COMMISSIONER O’DONNELL, SECONDED BY

    COMMISSIONER YANCHAR, TO RECOMMEND TO THE CITY

    COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE ANNUAL RENEWAL OF THE

    CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR KOPP SIGN & DESIGN.

    MOTION PASSED, 4 AYES, 1 ABSTENTION (KOPP).

? Lower St. Croix Valley Fire Department, 150 St. Croix Trail South

MOTION BY COMMISSIONER ROBERTS, SECONDED BY

    COMMISSIONER ALLEN, TO RECOMMEND TO THE CITY

    COUNCIL TO DENY THE ANNUAL RENEWAL OF THE

    CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR THE LOWER ST. CROIX

    VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT UNTIL AN APPLICATION HAS

    BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE CITY OF LAKE ST. CROIX BEACH.

    MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

    ? Nails Etc., 1980 Quasar Avenue South

MOTION BY COMMISSIONER ROBERTS, SECONDED BY

    COMMISSIONER O’DONNELL, TO RECOMMEND TO THE CITY

    COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE ANNUAL RENEWAL OF THE

    CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR NAILS ETC. WITH THE

    CONDITION THAT THEY GET THEIR RAINGARDEN FINISHED.

     It was noted that the City of Lake St. Croix Beach still has the $5,000

    escrow they were required to submit to the City in last year’s CUP approval.

AMENDMENT TO MOTION BY COMMISSIONER ROBERTS,

    ACCEPTED BY COMMISSIONER O’DONNELL, THAT THE $5,000

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    ESCROW BE USED FOR THE PAYMENT OF ADDITIONAL CUP

    INSPECTIONS FOR DRAINAGE, GRADING, AND EROSION

    CONTROL ISSUES BY THE CITY ENGINEER

    MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. th Street South

    ? Holslin, Paul (Duplex), 16360 16370 18

    MOTION BY COMMISSIONER ROBERTS, SECONDED BY

    COMMISSIONER O’DONNELL, TO RECOMMEND TO THE CITY

    COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE ANNUAL RENEWAL OF THE

    CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR THE DUPLEX AT 16360 16370

    18TH STREET SOUTH.

    AMENDMENT BY COMMISSIONER ROBERTS, ACCEPTED BY

    COMMISSIONER O’DONNELL, THAT RENTAL PROPERTIES

    MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS

    TO OCCUPIED RESIDENCES PER STATE STATUTE.

    MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

? St. Croix Beach Club, 2030 St. Croix Trail South

    MOTION BY COMMISSIONER ROBERTS, SECONDED BY

    COMMISSIONER ALLEN, TO RECOMMEND TO THE CITY

    COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE ANNUAL RENEWAL OF THE

    CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR THE ST. CROIX BEACH CLUB.

     It was asked whether the City has received any information regarding

    the alcohol and tobacco checks on St. Croix Beach Club. City

    Clerk-Administrator Reiter stated no information has been received yet.

    MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

    Certificate of Compliance

? St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 16770 13

    th Street South

    MOTION BY COMMISSIONER ROBERTS, SECONDED BY

    COMMISSIONER ALLEN, TO RECOMMEND TO THE CITY

    COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE ANNUAL RENEWAL OF THE

    CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE FOR ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

    CATHOLIC CHURCH. MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

    OTHER BUSINESS

     FEMA CRS ANNUAL RECERTIFICATION (Agenda item 5A)

     City Clerk-Administrator Reiter gave the Planning Commission copies of the

    form she must fill out every year for the City’s FEMA CRS recertification. It was just 7

for their information, and no further discussion was needed. This saves the City’s flood

    plain residents money on their flood insurance.

REAPPOINTMENT TO PLANNING COMMISSION (Agenda item 5B)

     City Clerk Cindie Reiter asked all members of the Planning Commission if they

    would like to apply to be reappointed to the Planning Commission for 2009. They were

    told to turn in the application by January 1, 2009 if interested. Three members stated

    they would like to be reappointed, and two members had not yet decided.

    REPORTS

ZONING ADMINISTRATOR CINDIE REITER (Agenda item 8J)

     City Clerk-Administrator Reiter stated her opinion that the Ordinance Book

    desperately needs to be recodified. She hopes the City Council will approve the

    expense to get this project completed.

    MOTION BY COMMISSIONER O’DONNELL, SECONDED BY

    COMMISSIONER ROBERTS, TO RECOMMEND TO THE CITY

    COUNCIL TO GET AN ESTIMATE OF THE COST TO RECODIFY

    THE CITY CODE FROM THE LEAGUE OF MINNESOTA CITIES

    AND FROM THE CITY ATTORNEY. MOTION PASSED

    UNANIMOUSLY.

     It was also reported that an application has been submitted to the Metropolitan

    Council for an extension of the deadline to turn in the City’s Comprehensive Plan. She

    also noted that only 40% of cities have submitted theirs..

    ADJOURNMENT

MOTION BY COMMISSIONER O’DONNELL, SECONDED BY

    COMMISSIONER YANCHAR, TO ADJOURN AT 8:43 P.M. MOTION

    PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

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