Independence OKs Polo Classic permit

BY SUSAN VAN CLEAF

susan.vancleaf@ecm-inc.com

The Independence City Council Tuesday, May 15, approved a large assembly permit that will enable the Twin City Polo Club to hold the Twin Cities Polo Classic Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Polo Club grounds at 6755 Turner Road in Independence,

Proceeds from the 23rd annual Polo Classic will benefit charity. In the past the Polo Classic has benefited organizations such as the University of Minnesota’s Leatherdale Equine Center. Organizer Craig Robbins is estimating that 1,000 people will attend this year’s event. Besides polo related events, the Polo Club will offer catered food and concessions.

The Independence City Council also took up other business. Here are some meeting highlights.

ULTIMATE FRISBEE

The City Council approved a large assembly permit for a maximum of 750 people to attend an ultimate Frisbee tournament May 19 and 20 at the Polo Grounds.

City Councilor Brad Spencer noted that the applicant, Ben Feldman, of Wayzata, was asking for a permit for a maximum of 900 people to attend. This number is larger than the 750 maximum that was spelled out in an agreement between Polo Club neighbors and the Twin City Polo Club for nonmember events at the Polo Club.

Spencer asked the City Council to approve the large assembly permit with a 750-person limit. The council directed city staff to talk with tournament organizers about the lower limit within the four days remaining before the start of the tournament. And city staff was instructed to ask the neighbors and the Polo Club to meet again about the attendance limit in the policy.

WATERSHED REPRESENTATIVE

City Councilors learned that Jim Smith had resigned from the Pioneer Sarah Creek Watershed Commission due to ill health. City staff was directed to seek applicants for his vacated seat. Applicants must live in the Pioneer Sarah Creek Watershed.

For information, contact Independence City Hall at 763-479-0527.

CITY CREDIT CARD

The City Council adopted a policy regulating the use of Independence’s city credit card by specified city employees, in this case the city administrator and the city accounting clerk. The policy prohibits the use of the credit card for personal purchases. Any single transaction in excess of $1,000 must have prior authorization by the city administrator or his/her designated representative. Credit limit on individual cards is $3,000.

At a recent meeting, the City Council authorized city staff to apply for a city credit card. The League of Minnesota Cities and the Minnesota state auditor recommend that cities authorizing use of credit cards have policies in place to prevent misuse.

LOT LINE CHANGE

The council approved a lot line rearrangement for Robert and Janet Selstad at 3525 Independence Road.

The Selstads are taking one acre from their 76-acre parcel and adding it to their five-acre parcel, said City Planner Mark Kaltsas. The old lot line runs through a pond. The new lot line will incorporate the pond into the newly formed six-acre parcel. The larger parcel contains a home and farm buildings. Both parcels are zoned as Agricultural and guided as Rural Residential in Independence’s Comprehensive Plan.

MINOR SUBDIVISION

Peter Carlson got City Council approval for a minor subdivision that includes a rural view lot at 7275 Turner Road. He is dividing his 41.66-acre parcel into two parcels, one spanning 10 acres and the other spanning 31.66 acres. The smaller parcel contains and home and related buildings. The larger parcel is a buildable lot, according to Kaltsas.

Both parcels are zoned and guided as Agricultural. The city is asking Carlson for a park dedication fee of $7,250 for the 10-acre parcel.

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