Worthington City Council grants license for auto repair shop
The discussion was not whether Cardenas could use the property for a repair shop – this is in accordance with the zoning for this area of the city – but rather how customers should access the business. Located behind the old Hansen’s Furniture building, with the Union Pacific Railroad and Sherwood Street residences framing it, the building does not face the street. Its only legal access is essentially a one-lane lane between a building and a row of houses, but from aerial views it is evident that traffic is using a much larger open area south of the railroad tracks to access the store. This property is owned by Casey Ingenthron.
Ingenthron challenged the 2019 sale of two plots, once owned by the same individual, to two separate people. This sale gave rise to the non-compliant and faceless plot now intended to become a repair workshop.
“The fact that they were allowed to be sold separately has created issues for my property,” said Ingenthron, noting the vehicles driving on his property to reach the repair shop.
City Councilor Chad Cummings said Ingenthron was in a tough spot. It would cost him a lot of money to put up a fence to keep people from driving across his property, but it could also cost him dearly if the road gets rutted and he needs to fix it.
“He has a legitimate concern that this is the fastest and easiest path for a majority of traffic to go this way,” Cummings said. He asked if council could require that signs be placed at the legal access point to the property, urging customers to use the one-lane road.
Cardenas told council he intends to discourage customers from crossing private property by putting up a fence between his building and Ingenthron’s property, as well as installing a fence west of his building. A fence at both locations would prevent his patrons from reaching his driveway through Ingenthron’s property, forcing them to use the lane.
The council was appeased with these plans, and approved the permit with the conditions set out by the city planning commission. These conditions include the use of a paved parking lot and fencing to obscure the view in areas where vehicles will be stored.
Also on Monday evening, council authorized Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc. to conduct a feasibility study on the Lake Okabena outlet dam. The structure was built in the early 1900s, and the engineering firm will be responsible for inspecting not only the dam, but also the trail bridge that crosses it and the trail bridge abutments. SEH will also consider rebuilding the exit or rehabilitating the existing structure, prepare concept drawings of alternatives, handle long-term operations and maintenance, and provide the city with permit requirements and guidelines. cost estimates. The company will be remunerated at an hourly rate, the costs of which will not exceed $ 49,500.
In April, the EO Olson Trust board voted to provide the city with more than $ 92,700 to cover the costs of the study.
City administrator Steve Robinson told council members that a resolution of the exit structure could be a long-term process.
“Our friends in St. Paul really don’t like play-offs,” said Robinson. “They can come up with many reasons why we shouldn’t go ahead with rehabilitation.”
Having no intention of removing the dam due to its importance in controlling the elevation of Lake Okabena, Robinson said the engineering company will need to determine if repairs can be made while maintaining the structural integrity of the dam. exit dam.
Mayor Mike Kuhle said that with a significant amount of money generated from sales tax on local options for projects around the lake, now is the time to find out the viability of the dam.
In addition to authorizing the study, the board also accepted the sum of $ 92,780.36 from the EO Olson Trust.
In another action, the advice:
Authorized the collection of unpaid fees for snow removal or weed control from property owners through an assessment to be added to their property tax statement.
Glenwood Heights Second Addition Lots Approved for Sanitary Sewer and Main Waterline Improvements.
Approved a feasibility study related to a project proposed in 2022 to reconstruct Eighth Avenue from Ninth Street to the dead end of Eighth Avenue. The project includes the reconstruction of the street and the water main, which are also dead ends. The city’s water department wants the main to connect to Ninth Avenue, which would require an easement on private property.
Approval of a consulting contract for engineering services due to the impending retirement of engineer Jeff Faragher and the part-time status of engineer Stephen Schnieder. Schnieder said assistance is needed until May 2022, with work to include assistance with plans and proposals leading up to the 2022 construction season.
Approved the use of a right-of-way acquisition service to assist with a planned project on Fox Farm Road that involves the removal of the existing precast concrete and timber bridge structure with a new precast concrete culvert. The culvert will require a sloping ditch with rip-rap, which will require additional land from adjacent landowners.