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Wells approves of CUP for seniors

By Staff | Jan 28, 2018

The Wells City Council had their regularly scheduled meeting on what was the snowiest day of the year thus far. Though torrential snow covered roads, the council had work to do.

That work included having a public hearing regarding the consideration of a conditional use permit for Jim and Kathy Birchem for a new senior assisted living center on the southwest corner of Second Avenue NW?and Fifth Street NW.

According to interim city administrator and chief of police Tim Brenegan, the conditional use permit, or CUP, was approved by the council and the Birchems will be able to move forward with their project.

The council also discussed the concern with Brakebush’s waste water concerns. In the previous City Council meeting, concerns arose from a few City Council members on the waste build up that had been noticed by Brakebush’s building.

Discussion via email between Brakebush’s plant manager, Edgar Lange, and Pyzick stated Lange had contacted the corporate team in charge of the waste water project and informed them Pyzick was looking for an update.

According to Pyzick, the Brakebush team did respond to his inquiries about their plans to alleviate the concerns and have a complete plan and diagram of what they plan to do with a completion date of July of this year.

The plan will be discussed further during the City Council’s Feb. 12 meeting.

The council also approved a Minnesota Lawful Gambling exempt permit for bingo night for the local St. Casimir Catholic Church’s bingo, pulltab, and raffle night which will be held on Feb. 11.

Members of the council also approved paying a $3,333 general dues contract between the city and the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities.

According to the information in the Wells City Council packet, about 11.6 percent of the city’s general assessment from the CGMC is used for annexation and environmental programs. Some cities pay this out of their utility funds because of the direct impact on sewer and water services.

A report from the Wells EDA, regarding their Dec. 14 meeting, indicated councilwoman Whitney Harig, who has now taken over councilwoman Crystal Dulas’ seat on the EDA, was present to discuss the future of the incubator building the council is looking to purchase or trade, in lieu of their interest in changing the liquor store’s location.

According to the minutes, the incubator building is currently owned by the EDA and the city would like to own the building for the liquor store. The EDA reported this sale or trade would depend on several factors, including the cost of the building, the cost to renovate the building, as well as the feasibility of moving the liquor store to that location. More discussion between the Wells EDA and the Wells City Council will continue in the future.

The EDA also announced the resignation of board member Jim Heckman.