The Crookston Planning Commission met on Tuesday evening in the Council Chambers of Town Hall. After the call to order, he began by approving the minutes of their last meeting on April 19, which he did unanimously.

Donation to Natures View Estates Park

The Commission opened the meeting by first discussing a donation for the potential acquisition of land for the Natures View Estates park. Zoning Administrator Greg Hefta said the parcel of land is 15.34 acres with an odd shape, with the southern portion of the city-owned parcel set to become a future park. The other half belonged to Bob Herkenhoff of Nature View Development LLC. The town wished to acquire the entire property for potential future parkland use, with further improvements to be negotiated between Widseth and Herkenhoff. Acting Administrator “Corky” Reynolds reported that he and city department heads Brandon Carlson and Jake Solberg were discussing grounds and lake maintenance pricing in the acquisition and whether it would fit in with the overall plan of the city. “We discussed that there was additional signage and other agreements that needed to be made between Bob Herkenhoff and the city to manage and/or create conditions where this land could be used for what the city would have l intend to do in the future, most likely a park. But that would be determined by the city and as part of its future agreement if the city council were to approve,” Hefta said. One of the deals that remained to be made between Bob Herkenhoff and the city was to provide additional signage around the lake. Reynolds also mentioned that the lake could be used to help the city during high water events and can also connect to the city’s water main near Eickhof Boulevard. The Commission approved the motion unanimously.

Ward boundaries and map

The Commission then began a discussion on the current ward boundaries and map, which they had approved on March 8. But on the southwest side of town on the east side of the Red Lake River has now changed due to the actions of the city council, as there is no infrastructure, buildings or people living there. Council moved to recommend updating the district ward voting map and ward boundary descriptions to City Council. The Commission approved the motion unanimously.

Ottertail Power Company Easement – Water Plant

The Commission then entered into a discussion on the installation by Ottertail Power (OTP) of underground electrical wiring at the Crookston Water Works for the replacement and upgrade of service at the service entrance of the installation in the event of a power failure, as there have been problems in the past. “Ottertail Power created two power sources within its system, but they would supply it if a power failure occurred from a radio part of the electrical circuit to run it through from a different source so that the water plant to be a secondary source of electricity in the event of a source failure,” Hefta explained. With this, Ottertail requested an easement for existing and new electrical wiring to access underground lines around the water plant The Commission approved the motion unanimously.

Easement of Ottertail Power Company – Ag Innovation Road

The Commission then entered into a discussion of Ottertail Power also requesting a 10 foot wide easement via Government Lot 4, Section 1, Township 149 North, Range 47 West, in Polk County to supply power to the building. Ag Innovation. Hefta reported that the underground power line runs through the city before reaching Ag Innovation’s property, so the company had to apply for an easement from the city in order to complete it. The Commission approved the motion unanimously.

Central Square – Land acquisition

The final item the Commission discussed was that the city had constructed a red building (the big red barn) in the central plaza at 121 3rd Street East and is currently leasing the land to maintain the building, but now has the ability to acquire ownership of Resource Management, LLP. The land on which the building sits is approximately 1,178 acres (51,300+ square feet) in the city’s central district. Acting Administrator Reynolds explained that the city built the building on the land and entered into a ten-plus-year lease agreement with the landlord. “I approached the owner of the land earlier this year, who indicated he would consider a possibility of sale and contacted me later, and said he would be interested in selling,” Reynolds said. . After some negotiation, Reynolds said they agreed on a price of $29,000 because they felt the property would fit well with the overall city plan and Central District. The Commission unanimously approved the motion to recommend the purchase of the land.

The next planning committee meeting will take place in September unless there are not enough items on the agenda.

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