Members approve trail site replotting, new auto shop, new wall for lake property

 

BAXTER-Baxter City Council members served up a series of resolutions during its biweekly meeting Tuesday, June 18-from automotive shops and shoreline renovations, to box store drive-thrus and walking trails.

In an efficient meeting, Community Development Director Josh Doty laid out the parameters of these resolutions that look to tweak the future of the city and, in some cases, have the potential for substantial developments down the road.

Target drive-thru/pick-up

In a resolution to slightly reshape the face of Target on 14546 Edgewood Drive, members voted to approve a conditional use permit and variance for a drive-thru to be installed at the retail box store that enables customers to purchase items abroad and pick them up on site.

As Doty explained, the proposed plan entails converting six existing parking stalls into four drive-up stalls with a center walking lane. In lieu of this, Target is also proposing to construct a 12-foot beacon identifying the drive-thru/pick-up area.

Shoreline grading and wall

Members voted to grant a conditional use permit to the owner of 13531 Maplewood Drive, Paul Schroeder, for grading and construction of a wall along the shoreline of White Sand Lake.

As Doty noted, the conditional use permit would authorize the reconstruction of a 25-year-old wall that's been heavily eroded by high water levels, leaving the grounds vulnerable to further erosion. Schroeder intends to rebuild the wall with boulders as replacement for its current cinder block construction.

New automotive repair shop

In a unanimous vote, the council approved a conditional use permit for applicant Steven Scherer to allow the establishment of a drive-thru motor vehicle repair business at 14843 Edgewood Drive, in the former Life Cycle building. Aside from renovations to include overhead service doors and other amenities necessary for a tire and auto center, the property is noted as already developed, complete with parking, and largely ready for its intended use.

Forestview Drive Trail

Members approved a request by city staffers to designate a preliminary and final plat to be named "Forestview Drive Trail" to allow the creation of five non-buildable outlets and five lots. This is intended to adjust lot lines and, thus, create a new parcel arrangement that would allow a future corridor for the Paul Bunyan State Trail on the east side of Highway 371, from the Mississippi River Bridge to County Highway 48 and the north side of Paris Road.

The resolution's intended lot arrangement would allow the construction of one home per lot with a well and septic system, provided future residential use is not within proximity of city utilities.

In addition, members voted to vacate a right-of-way for a portion of Maryland Drive. This, Doty noted, is intended to work with the proposed Forestview Drive Trail replatting to allow a property lien boundary that is agreeable to property owners and future city purchases of property, of which some may pertain to the Paul Bunyan State Trail.

In other business, the council:

Approved change order No. 4 with Landwehr Construction Inc. for the 2018 Cypress Drive improvements project in the increased amount of $82,362.12.

Approved change order No. 5 with Landwehr Construction Inc. for the 2018 Cypress Drive improvements project in the increased amount of $25,542.16.

Approved partial pay estimate No. 9 in the amount of $1,362,328.01 for the 2018 mill and overlay and full depth reclamation improvements project in the amount of $1,362,328.01.

Approved partial pay estimate No. 7 for the 2018 mill and overlay and full depth reclamation improvements project in the amount of $27,446.33.

Approved a contract amendment for to WSB for the 2020 street improvements project right-of-way acquisition in the amount of $81,200.

Awarded a construction contract for the 2019 lift station No. 11 reconstruction project to Anderson Brothers Construction Co. in the amount of $143,242.65.

Amended the 2019 SAC budget from $140,000 to $206,300.

Approved a permit for retail sales of fireworks at TNT fireworks at Westside Liquor from June 19, 2019 through June 18, 2020.

Approved the trade of a Pathfinder XC FS2200 spreader/sprayer from Midwest Machinery Company.

Approved a change order of $4,678 for construction of the water treatment plant filter No. 2 and 4 media replacement project.

Approved a final pay estimate of $18,763 for construction of the water treatment plant filter No. 2 and 4 media replacement project.