Osseo promotes Grams as city planner

The Osseo City Council approved promoting a City Planner/Administrative Assistant during its Monday, Nov. 26 meeting.

A small child care facility was also granted a conditional use permit (CUP) at 504 Third Street S.E.

The council also accepted several donations from the Osseo Fire Department Relief Association that will be used for equipment and holiday lights.



The council unanimously approved promoting City Planner/Administrative Assistant intern Riley Grams as the permanent City Planner/Administrative Assistant effective Jan. 1.

An employment agreement will be brought back in December before the council to make it official.

City Administrator Douglas Reeder said the adopted preliminary 2013 General Fund Budget includes the new position of a City Planner/Administrative Assistant.

Grams was hired in July as an intern. According to staff, Grams’ performance in this position has been excellent and he meets all the requirements for the position of City Planner/Administrative Assistant.

Councilor Mark Schulz said, “I feel very confident in making this motion.”



In other news, a small child care facility at 504 Third Street S.E. was given a CUP request with conditions by the council as well. This property is located in the C-2 Highway Commercial District.

According to planner Grams’ staff report, “While a child care facility is not clearly stated as a permitted or conditional use in the C-2 Highway Commercial District, staff feels the proposed use is of similar uses in the C-2 zone as well as the Central Business District zone. Therefore, a child care facility is a conditional use.”

The facility would have all the required parking spaces in front of the property as well as the sides of the building.

The applicant, Tina Christopherson, would use Sipe Park as the outdoor playground area.

“After review the city of Osseo’s ordinances, there is really a lack for ordinances regarding child care facilities,” Grams said. “Therefore, all applicable State of Minnesota and Hennepin County statutes and laws and requirements shall be followed closely by the applicant.”

He added the applicant would also have to hold and maintain a child care home license with the state and remained licensed during the duration of the proposed use.

Councilor Rick Weber asked, “How many children can you have at one time?”

Christopherson said she could have up to 14 children through the license.



The council also accepted five donations from the Osseo Fire Department Relief Association. The donations totaled $26,609.

The largest donation, $9,042, will be used for fire equipment/helmets. A donation of $8,270 will go towards fire equipment/computers. The third donation of $7,247 will be used for fire equipment/nozzle.

A donation of $1,050 will go towards fire equipment/printer.

The city’s Holiday Lights received a $1,000 donation.



In other action, the council:

SET the truth in taxation hearing for Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at Osseo City Hall.

WILL host a public hearing Monday, Jan. 7, to discuss the concrete island at Sixth Avenue and Fourth Street S.E. near Osseo Meats.

ACKNOWLEDGED Gregory Moore for 30years of dedicated service to the Northwest Suburbs Cable Communications Commission.

SET a public hearing for TIF (tax increment finance) District 2-8 for Monday, Jan. 7. This hearing will be to remove parcels from the district.