8/27/2013 2:46:00 PM Hayfield City Council
Safety hazards on properties discussed
By Tara Lindquist
The Hayfield City Council discussed buildings that have fallen into disrepair during their meeting on Monday, August 19.
City Attorney Rod Peterson addressed the council regarding a property that is owned by Light Evangelistic Association. The property is located a few blocks north off of Highway 30 in Hayfield. Peterson told the council he observed cars that were on the property and were not properly licensed, and therefore are junk cars under city ordinance. He also noted the grass is too long, saw debris all over the property and noted several health and safety issues with the building. He told the council that CMS (Construction Management Services), the city's building inspector, will need to come out and look at the property.
The council also discussed a two story building on Main Street that has brick and mortar falling off of it. Councilman Rich Fjerstad stated he was concerned that someone walking in the alley could be hit by debris falling off the building. The owner of the building Dale Schmeling has already been sent a letter from city attorney Peterson and has not complied with the request to have the building fixed. The council passed a motion to start court proceedings against Schmeling in order to get the building secured. The council also instructed Peterson to send Lonnie Lyons, pastor of the Light Evangelistic Association, a letter instructing them to clean up their property as well.
AJ Anderson approached the council requesting a variance on the setbacks from the street on his property so he will be able to put an addition on the front of the house. Due to Minnesota State Law, cities are no longer able to grant variances unless harm has been done to the property due to no fault of the property owner, such as a street being a widened or a sidewalk being put in. Peterson told the council that this did not fall under those requirements. The council passed a motion that would change the city ordinance to allow for 20 foot set backs instead of 25 foot set backs on streets that are 60 feet wide or less. The council will hold a public hearing on the new proposed ordinance during their next month's council meeting.
Other items on the agenda included:
four WKHS pay requests for the wastewater treatment project; all were approved
pool update: the kiddie pool will not be open for the rest of the year, and the pool will be closing August 27 for the season.
payment of bills
monthly sheriff's report
The council will meet again on Monday, September 16 at 7 pm.