The Rogers City Council granted plat approval for Clam Corporation, makers of popular ice fishing and outdooor gear, to relocate to its headquarters to Rogers.
Kinghorn Construction owner, developer and Rogers resident Grady Kinghorn was present along with representatives of Clam Corporation to discuss plans for a new 150,000-square-foot distribution facility of which Kinghorn will be the developer.
The proposed site is along Brockton Lane north of County Rd. 81 and would be for a distribution facility, light assembly and office.
“They’re hoping to be in the building by mid-summer,” city administrator Steve Stahmer later said. “They’d like to begin construction sooner rather than later, but we’re working over a few issues.”
There are still some steps for overall approval, but Mayor Jay Bunting and councilors Darren Jakel, Don Hall, Maureen Stanley and Rick Ihli approved the plat with 10 conditions.
Clam Outdoors has been in business for more than 30 years. It moved to its present 100,000-square-foot headquarters in Medina in 2005. The company is tied to ice fishing legend Dave Genz, who built the original “Fish Trap” ice shelter. The company also owns the popular IceArmor products, and purchased Polar Sports (ATV utility trailers and accessories).
“We started the Ice Fishing Revolution when we built the first Fish Trap shelter over 30 years ago, and we’ve never stopped innovating,” the company states on its website. “We offer everything you need to be successful out on the ice.”
In other news, the council heard from Lions Club representatives who were present with a $30,000 donation toward’s the future Lion’s Park.
The park will be located in downtown Rogers near the Triangle Park. Staff said there is no timeline for construction, pending funding sources. The council formally recognized the Lions’ donation.
“There are some concepts, but nothing is definite, still raising funds,” city administrator Stahmer said.
In other news, the council approved several appointments.
Carl Knapp and Brian Denker were reappointed to the planning commission. Former Hassan Town Board member Steve Swanson was also appointed to the commission, with Tom Burr to serve as alternate.
The council also appointed John Hale to the position of fire technician. Hale has a new position description where he will do some administrative duties and serve as fire technician.
Lastly, the council discussed a police sergeant promotion. Chief Jeff Beahen presented information about future department staffing levles and supervisory needs. No action was taken, as the council expects to continue discussion.