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W’bago council votes on zoning issues

By Staff | Mar 17, 2019

Multiple members of the Winnebago public were in attendance while the Winnebago City Council discussed a number of zoning issues brought up by citizens.

Zoning issues took center stage at the March 12 Winnebago City Council meeting.

The council had two resolutions to consider regarding re-zoning applications by Bret Osborn, owner of Ron’s Trenching, of Winnebago. The first application sought to rezone 415 Second Ave. SE from B-1 to I-1.

This would change the classification of this property from business/limited industrial district (B-1) to industrial (I-1). The Planning Commission recommended this application be granted.

The other re-zoning request sought to rezone 530 Second Ave. SE from residential/agriculture (R-A) to I-1. The Planning Commission recommended denial of this request.

During public comment those opposed to rezoning the parcels expressed concerns over dust caused by equipment going over the roads and by the stockpiling of materials on property owned by Ron’s trenching.

Stockpiling of materials is not allowed on R-A property. Materials can be stockpiled on I-A with a conditional use permit, according to attorney Jason Kuboushek, who was retained by the city due to a possible conflict of interest with city attorney, David Frundt.

The council passed the resolution granting the rezoning request of 415 Second Ave. SE.

Next, a resolution was passed denying the rezoning request for 530 Second Ave. SE.

Sticking with planning commission business, the council granted a conditional use permit to Scott Robertson to construct two greenhouses, each measuring 40 feet by 30 feet on his property located at 522 First Ave. SW.

The council also passed a motion appointing Nick Schwager to the planning commission to fill the vacancy created when Larry Stauffer resigned.

Attracting employees and getting people to feel included in the community was addressed by Norma Martin of Everidge, Inc. (aka Crown Tonka).

Finding housing for prospective workers remains difficult, according to Martin.

Jessica Miller, with the Mankato Workforce Center and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, echoed Martin’s comments.

“Housing, transportation, and day-care are the three biggest obstacles employers face when trying to expand their business,” Miller explained.

In other business:

The council accepted the resignations of Jamie Olson and Calvin Howard from the ambulance crew.

Discussion was held on repairs needed on the roof at Muir Library. The council is waiting for estimates on the needed repairs before making any decisions.