St. Boni considers storage building project on Hwy 7

The St. Boni City Council isn’t ready to grant a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to Tom Miller to build self storage buildings on Highway 7.

During the May 1 regular meeting, members discussed the application and recommendations from City Attorney Larry Harris on the steps necessary to allow the project under city code.

Miller hopes to build a self-storage facility at 8910 Highway 7. In order for the council to grant the CUP, city code must be amended to allow for a broader list of approved materials; exclude doors from the standards; and amend to allow pole buildings in certain zoning districts.

To allow the city time to assess its current standards, a 60-day extension was granted to the CUP application.

“I’m in favor of developing, but we want to make sure it fits within the city and is an attractive addition,” said Council Member Joe Arwood, who added that he would not vote to allow a pole barn look.

Mayor Rick Weible requested that city staff gather architectural standards of some surrounding communities to help them in their assessment.

“This will give us a reality check. We don’t want to create standards that put us out of competition with our neighbors,” said Weible.

If the council chooses to amend the code, a public hearing will be required. Following any amendment, Miller must then submit a site plan and storm water management plan for approval.

In other business, the council:

• Martin Woody appeared to present plans and bid specifications for the new community center. The estimated total to convert the public works facility to a community center is $105,270, plus a list of ancillary expenses. The council requested a number of changes, which they will review at the May 15 council meeting.

• Heard a report from Officer Kokesh of the Minnetrista Police Department that Americano coffee shop in St. Boni was burglarized on the morning of May 1 at approximately 4:30 a.m. He reported that the front window was smashed and cash taken. The incident was linked to similar break-ins in the area that night by masked individuals.

• Heard an update on Trista Day planned for May 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Minnetrista City Hall. The public is invited to attend the public safety demonstrations, including a visit from FBI officials. Free hots dogs will be served.

• Heard a reminder from Officer Kokesh that there will be a high visibility event for seat belts at the end of May. Drivers are encouraged to buckle up.

• Approved minutes from the April 17 meeting between county and city assessors to discuss the 2013 assessed values for taxes payable 2014. During that meeting, county assessors accepted the local assessors estimated market values.

• Approved minutes from the April 24 Local Board of Review meeting. During the meeting, the council reviewed four cases. For three of the properties, valuation amounts were lowered (3818 Meadowview Way, 4055 Bell Street, and 3809 Meadowview Way). In one case, the value stayed the same (4124 Main Street).

• Reappointed Adolph Burckhardt and Mark Broeckert to the Planning/Park Commission.

• Extended the free compost disposal from May 11 to June 15 given the amount snow this spring. The site is located at 4275 Creekview Circle east of St. Boni on Highway 7 across from the former Timothy’s restaurant.