St. Bonifacius City Council says yes to new day care

By Emily Hedges

The Shoppes of St. Boni are soon to welcome a new day care facility. During the Oct. 3 regular meeting, the council agreed to grant a variance to allow the use, which is currently prohibited in this planned unit development district. Upland Realtor Brian Merz appeared with Shoppes owner Derrek Wetterstrom to request the variance.

“In this economy it’s a struggle trying to get good tenants. It would really be a benefit for that property to get the rest filled up,” said Wetterstrom.

Mayor Rick Weible and the rest of the council were eager to assist in bringing new business to town.

“I’d rather see a day care here than in our Industrial Zone,” said Weible. “I think it would do wonders for the town.”

According to Merz, the owners, former New Horizon’s operators, are no strangers to the complicated process of opening a day care. He said the facility would accept between 40 and 50 children with hours of operation from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In other business: • The council adopted a resolution authorizing a five-year street reconstruction plan and the intent to issue general obligation bonds not-to-exceed $2,496,000. • The council passed an ordinance that allows bars to apply for a special endorsement to a license to cover patio sale and consumption of beer and liquor. • Weible made a plea to St. Boni residents 18 and over to make sure they are registered to vote. Forms are available at St. Boni City Hall located at 8535 Kennedy Memorial Drive. • The future of fire service in the growing Minnetrista area continues to be hashed out by representatives from St. Boni, Mound and Minnetrista. Weible said he expects a new contract soon, but feels final decisions should be made once the new council members from the three cities come on board. • The council granted the St. Boni Lions permission to enter public works after hours to repair Christmas lights. • The council selected the bid from Widmer Construction for $9,900 to do the water service line replacement on Glacier Road. • The council accepted a bid from First Street Construction of $1,430 for repairs to the St. Boni Library roof.