Osseo to upgrade aging utility pumps

The Osseo City Council considered upgrades to the sewer lift station at Eighth Avenue and Broadway during its Tuesday, Nov. 13 meeting.

The council also discussed the conditional use permit (CUP) amendment application from Heinen’s Motorsports.

Here are some of the meeting’s highlights.




Public Works Director Randy Korfiatis said pump replacement is needed at the lift station at Eighth Avenue and Broadway because the current pumps are obsolete and parts for the pumps are no longer available.

One of the pumps has deteriorated so badly it can only pump at 50 percent capacity due to the holes in the pump body. The second pump is working, but not efficiently as it should be, making the run time on the pumps increase due to water.

“That lift station was built in the ‘70s,” Korfiatis said.

He received three quotes ranging $12,834 to $24,405, and recommended the low bidder of Dakota Pump and Controls.

Mayor Al Lindquist asked where the funds would come. Korfiatis said it would come from the Sewer Fund, repair and maintenance portion. City Administrator Douglas Reeder said there was $30,000 allocated in that fund this year for maintenance.

Councilor Rick Weber asked, “What type of warranties do these carry?” Korfiatis said there was a two-year warranty on the pumps.

The council unanimously approved the purchase and installation of pumps and related equipment from Dakota Pump and Control at a cost of $12,834 plus tax and freight not to exceed $15,000 total.



The council also continued discussion regarding an amendment application for the Heinen’s Motorsports CUP. The council previously tabled talks back on Sept. 24 to give time for city staff and the applicant to reach further agreements.

In 2002, Heinen’s Motorsports was granted a CUP to construct a retail/storage building at 21 First Street N.W. According to city staff, there have been many CUP violations and code compliance issues in the past at this property. Some of these violations include: loading and unloading in the public street, obstructed traffic flow and sale units on the public right-of-way.

Back in August, staff met with Heinen and Police Chief Tom Hartkopf to review the complaints and reach a negotiated agreement between all parties regarding future conditions of the CUP. There were 15 conditions reached, which include not parking forklifts or merchandise on public property, make every effort not to obstruct public street and have a designed handicapped parking space. Some of the conditions are carried over from the original 2002 CUP.

City Planner Riley Grams said, “We feel we have reached agreements on all of the proposed conditions before you tonight. The one that had the most contention was the loading and unloading in the street. After talking to the applicant we feel the loading and unloading can happen in the street, provided that the applicant and his staff makes the best effort to not block the street.”

Mayor Lindquist asked how the conditions of the CUP would be policed. Grams said the Police Department would be enforcing the conditions with his help.

The council unanimously approved the CUP amendment request by Heinen’s Motorsports at 21 First Street N.W., subject to the 15 conditions being met within two weeks.

Applicant Paul Heinen said all the conditions have been met except for the handicapped zone. Public Works was waiting to paint the handicapped zone until the CUP was approved.



In other action, the council:

CANVASSED the Nov. 6 election results. The council accepted and certified the results of the election, with Duane Poppe declared Mayor in 2013-14 and Mark Schulz and Bonnie Heinen serving as Councilors from 2013-16.

SET a public hearing for Monday, Dec 3, at 7 p.m. to remove parcels from the TIF district 2-8. The TIF district is larger than the parcels containing the Lynde’s redevelopment and Ehler’s has recommended decertifying the parcels that are not part of Lynde’s redevelopment and the development agreement.