Hanover seeks state grant to redevelop gravel pit


The Hanover City Council authorized proceeding to use a state grant for redeveloping a former gravel pit.

The council also directed changes to make the city code more development/business friendly.



City administrator Dan Buchholtz provided an update about a Department of Economic and Employment Development (DEED) grant.

He said Todd Bartels of Pearson Brothers, Inc., has submitted a letter of support to exchange land within the former Ordorff gravel pit with the extension of Lamont Avenue into the former pit. Pearson submitted plans for the extension in 2007 when it was looking to locate its headquarters into the former gravel pit.

Buchholtz said Pearson Brothers is seeking the city to construct the Lamont Avenue improvements with curb and gutter, rather than a rural road section, and that there was room within the DEED grant to fund 50% of those additional costs.

The next step would be to set the public hearing for the preliminary plat and to have the council authorize for advertisement of bids for the Lamont Avenue improvements.

The council unanimously authorized staff to take appropriate action to utilize the DEED grant on the former Ordorff gravel pit.



In other matters, the council reviewed zoning and subdivision ordinances related to promoting new development.

Councilor Wendy Pinor provided a number of instances where the proposed code is too restrictive and does not provide the flexibility that the city needs to address development proposals.

Councilor Chris Kauffman agreed. He asked if the council should send the ordinance to the planning commission for further review. After discussion it was recommended that the city task its city planner with making changes to the codes to make them more development friendly.

The council will provide feedback to the planner at its Aug. 6 meeting.

The council unanimously directed the city planner to propose changes to the draft city code that makes the code more development/business friendly.

In other action, the council:

HEARD that there were two resignations from the fire department. Councilor Pinor urged the department to post the openings on a sign placed outside the fire hall so the community is aware of the opportunity to volunteer.

AFFIRMED the role of city staff to provide the planning commission and city council with a staff recommendation on planning and zoning matters and to affirm the ability of city staff to initiate action on zoning changes on behalf of the city council.