Red Wing City Council briefsRed Wing City Council briefs for the Aug. 22, 2011 meeting.
City denies parking change
The City Council denied a request by Kyle and Jolene Knutson of Smokin’ Oak Restaurant to change parking limits on Motel Road. The Knutsons asked the city to shift its two-hour parking limit from the current window of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The extra time would allow employees to park on the street during busy weekend evenings, they said.
The council voted 5-1 to deny the request. Council member Lisa Bayley voted against the motion, and Council member Dean Hove was absent.
A similar request was made last year to change the limit to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but was also denied.
Garage issue will be negotiated
The city will continue to work with a resident who incorrectly got a building permit to build a garage that does not meet city code.
Bruce Larson, who lives on Ninth Street, had erroneously gotten the building permit for the structure, which was too tall. He worked with city staff and presented a new design for the building Monday, and also asked the city for nearly $40,000 to cover the costs of demolishing and rebuilding the structure to fit code.
But many council members were not happy with the new plans.
“I’d be more interested in supporting financially if … I can feel comfortable with the new design,” Council member Lisa Bayley said. “And this particular design, even though it’s technically within the code, I don’t feel comfortable with it.”
The council decided to create an ad hoc committee to work with Larson on both a possible compensation amount and a design is more acceptable to neighbors and the city.
Some council members agreed the issue had raised some questions with the code that likely would need to be addressed.
“If we don’t have a zoning regulation that reflects the spirit of the code then we have a failure in our zoning regulation,” Council member Dan Bender said.
City debating MNGL options
Staff and the city’s golf course committee are comparing different proposals for the future of Mississippi National Golf Links.
The city received one response to its request for proposal from Sharan and Gerald Wendel. Gerald Wendel is the current course manager.
It also will look at a tentative plan developed with current lessee Wendell Pittenger and a proposal from a newly formed local nonprofit Red Wing Municipal Golf Corporation looking to find a different way to keep the course open and public.
The goal is to have some recommendations on how to move forward for the City Council at its Sept. 12 meeting, Council Administrator Kay Kuhlmann said.
Personnel reorganization OK’d
Departments can fill some vacant positions and others will be reworked and restructured after the City Council approved some personnel changes. Those include adding a deputy clerk to administration (replacing a receptionist/office clerk plus additional duties), shifting some Public Works staff and filling other positions and contracting for janitorial services.
The vacancies were the result of employees taking early retirement, cuts made in previous years and other factors. And the restructuring and hiring will allow departments to get their work done while also saving some costs, staff said.
Dangerous dog regulations revised
The City Council approved changes to the dangerous dog regulations in the city code giving owners “meaningful opportunity” to contest a “potentially dangerous dog” label. The change stems from a recent Minnesota Court of Appeals case, Police Chief Tim Sletten said.
According to the changes, dog owners can appeal the designation within 14 days. But if the hearing officer agrees with the label, the owner must pay for actual expenses up to $500 for a record review and up to $1,000 if there is a hearing.
Monday’s City Council meeting lasted about 4 hours and 45 minutes before going into closed session to discuss South Service Drive right-of-way acquisition and again to discuss a proposed settlement regarding an alleged violation of city code on the sale and possession of alcoholic beverages. Council member Dean Hove was absent.
--Compiled by Danielle Nordine, staff writer