BY SUSAN VAN CLEAF
The Medina City Council, Tuesday, May 15, selected 292 Design Group to serve as architects for remodeling of the Clams Corps building, located at 600 Clydesdale Trail, for use as a city facility and possible remodeling of City Hall.
The council approved the agreement with 292, subject to a review by Mayor Tom Crosby, City Attorney Ron Batty and City Administrator Scott Johnson. Medina looked at proposals from 16 firms and then chose 292 Design Group because of its experience in working with police, public works and city hall projects.
At the meeting, the City Council also took up other business. Here are some meeting highlights.
Eventually, Medina would like to move both the public works and police departments to the Clam Corps Building and then remodel City Hall. The question now is how much Medina can afford to do at once.
So Medina is asking 292 Design Group for designs and estimated costs for three different options. The simplest scenario would involve relocating public works operations only to the Clam Corps building at first. A second option would involve relocating both public works and police at the same time. And the third would provide for relocating public works and police and remodeling of City Hall all at the same time.
Once Medina gets cost figures, the city will decide how to proceed. If enough money is available for all three projects, Medina can take advantage of currently low interest rates for bond sales, thus saving on debt service costs.
Meanwhile, the city already has reached an agreement to purchase the building at 600 Clydesdale Trail from Clam Corporation. City officials are giving Clam Corporation time to move to another location before closing on the sale.
ZONING FOR ASSISTED LIVING
The City Council denied a request from Around the Clock Home Care Group/ Ejimadu Properties for an amendment to Medina’s zoning code. The amendment would have enabled Around the Clock to apply for a conditional use permit (CUP) to locate an assisted living facility in the Highway Commercial zoning district at 2382 Hwy. 55.
City Councilors had discussed the request at a previous meeting, but they wanted to hear from Around the Clock about its plans. Rachel Lurenzen came to the May 15 to say her company eventually wanted to locate 100 assisted living units on the site of an old motel. A commercial kitchen, dining area and meeting hall also were planned.
Several City Councilors said they would welcome an assisted living facility in Medina. However, they thought this type of land use would be incompatible with surrounding Highway Commercial land uses, such as gas stations and warehouses. They mentioned in particular complaints of residents of Grammercy of Elm Creek about the Holiday Stationstore, located next door on Highway 55 at County Road 101.
BALL FIELD IMPROVEMENTS
The City Council discovered that the cost of ball field dugout fencing improvements at Hamel Legion Park was expected to amount to $5,250. Originally, councilors thought the project would cost $2,740. Concerned about declining park dedication funds, the City Council approved an installation services agreement for the fencing as long as Medina pays no more than 25 percent of the total project cost.
COUNTY ROAD 101 ACCESS
City Councilors approved the termination of an agreement with Ace Properties relating to access to its small retail center, located on County Road 101 just east of the Target store. This action means that Ace Properties will not have to close the left turn access – leaving only the right turn access. The original agreement called for closing the left turn access after a period of several years.
Before recommending that the agreement be terminated, city staff checked with Police Chief Ed Belland about safety concerns. He did not see any safety issues resulting from keeping both the left turn and right turn accesses open.
The City Council also:
APPROVED an ordinance amendment relating to locating private wells near the city well field in Hamel Legion Park. The amendment is designed to protect the city well field.
HEARD a presentation from Philipp Muessig, of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, about the Green Steps Cities Program.