Independence to get weather station

Area to get early weather warnings

Ray McCoy, director of West Hennepin Public Safety, is looking forward to installation of a weather station atop the WHPS garage, located near Independence City Hall, some time in April.

The arrival of a weather station is “long overdue,” McCoy said at the Independence City Council meeting, Tuesday, March 19. “Usually sirens go off when a tornado hits Plymouth. Soon, we will be able to log on and see what’s happening. This will help people get on top of the weather.” Information will be sent to the National Weather Service.

Hennepin County Emergency Management has Independence on a list of 25 to 30 locations in western Hennepin County and Delano that are due to receive weather stations, he said.

McCoy also is “very excited” about the hiring of two new police officers at WHPS. One of them started work on March 25 and the other will start soon after his wife delivers their baby. The two new officers will be introduced at a 6 p.m. reception, Tuesday, April 9, at Independence City Hall — just prior to the 6:30 p.m. Independence Board of Review for city tax payers.

The City Council also took up other business. Here are some meeting highlights.



The City Council approved the request of Dudley Bartholow for a conditional use permit (CUP) that would enable him to use a an accessory building at 4804 Perkinsville Road for commercial indoor storage.

City Planner Mark Kaltsas explained Bartholow’s request. He is interested in using the 3,200-square-foot accessory building to store recreational vehicles, business vehicles and/or business inventory. Also he plans to raze the home located on the 4.68-acre property and replace it with a new home this year. Located just west of County Road 19, the property borders on Lake Independence to the north and the city of Medina to the east. The property will not be used for agriculture.

Bartholow noted that the CUP limits his hours of operation to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. He said the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. would be better. This way contractors could come by to pick up and drop off equipment. He added that he does not yet have renters for his storage facilities, but he would like to talk with contractors.

Mayor Marvin Johnson said, “Then you’re dealing with a business. That’s a completely different CUP. You would be better off trying to work with this (currently proposed) CUP.” He recommended that if Bartholow has a problem working with the 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. hours, he should talk with the city planner.



The City Council also:

APPROVED Agricultural Preserve applications for Robert and Janet Selstad at 3525 Independence Road and Gerald and Donna Hendley at 4150 South Lake Sarah Road.

APPROVED a minor subdivision that will enable Doug Hayvaert to create a rural view lot at 860 Kuntz Drive His original lot was 43.66 acres. The rural view lot measures at 8.53 acres, and the remaining lot at 35.13 acres.

APPROVED a zoning ordinance text amendment that provides a transition between the public/semi-public district in Independence’s Comprehensive Plan and Independence’s zoning ordinance. Independence has 3,272 acres identified as public/semi-public uses. They include cemeteries, public buildings and parks, two golf courses and Three Rivers Parks property.