New council discusses planner position, rezoning, future communication
by Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
The first meeting of the year for Dayton City Council included the oath of office for two council members and a new mayor. Among the business discussed at the Jan. 8 meeting, the council made decisions on filling the city planner position, adjustments to a zoning designation and communicating with the residents.
The Dayton City Council swore in their new Mayor and two new council members at their meeting on Jan. 8. New council members Eric Lucero and Scott Salonek join new Mayor Tim McNeil, who previously served on the city council.
McNeil’s new position as mayor leaves his council seat vacant. Applications to fill this seat are being accepted until 5 p.m. on Jan. 22. The application and more information on the selection process are available at http://www.cityofdaytonmn.com/councilapplication2013.
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They also discussed creating a new, less-skilled position that would fill the day-to-day duties, while the contracted planner could produce the more highly technical work as needed.
While City Administrator Samantha Orduno liked the new concept, she and the rest of the council shared their concern that a clerical position might not attract the level of experience needed.
“You want to find someone to do the basics but that has the planning experience. It’s a really hard mix to get,” said Orduno.
Though the city had received 19 applications for the planner position, the council decided to put a hold on filling the position until more information on the cost and feasibility of contracting the services could be determined.
Interim City Planner, Tina Goodroad, suggested a tweak to the new R-1A zoning designation.
The R-1A zoning designation was created to allow for some flexibility in lot size, especially in cases where natural features like creeks and wooded areas make it difficult to stick to conventional residential lot guidelines. A new planned housing subdivision has shown, in Goodroad’s opinion, that perhaps the R-1A guidelines should be slightly more flexible.
“Nature’s Crossing is the first real test we’ve had of that ordinance,” she said.
Given some challenges of the landscape, she convinced the council to amend the required width for lots 12,500 sq. ft. or greater from 80 ft. to 75 ft.
In other matters, McNeil discussed his great desire to have Dayton City Council meetings broadcasted in some manner so that members of the public can take a greater role in the government of their City. He tasked the Public Safety Commission and its new liaison, Lucero, with investigating the matter and reporting back on the best and most cost effective means of making it happen.
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