St. Michael poised for new housing

A potential upstart in housing was discussed at the St. Michael City Council meeting.

Giving his annual building official report, Paul Heins said there were 28 new home permits issued last year, with a total of 729 permits issued.

Community development director Marc Weigle added that with the slight increase in new home permits and lack of available residential lots, developers and builders are getting more interested in starting new housing projects. He said discussion about development is relevant at two upcoming meetings: Jan. 18 annual Wright County Partnership meeting, and Jan. 22 Annual state of the Cities event hosted by the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce.

In other building official news, Heins said the partnership with the city of Albertville (using St. Michael building inspection) is going very well. There was discussion about the funding equation and the amount of commercial and rental inspections for Albertville, and Heins said overall it seems to be a win-win for both cities.

In other action, the council:

HEARD that the 2012 goals and priorities were made with good progress. The council will discuss the list of goals and priorities for 2013 at its next work session.

HEARD that the Beebe Lake Trail Project did not receive additional grant money to fund the extra 2 feet of width required by the Department of Natural Resources. City administrator Steve Bot said the plan is to bid the project with the county overlay project, which should result in favorable construction costs and help keep the project on budget.