First addition lots reported as sold out
The Medina City Council Tuesday, May 19, approved the final plats and development agreements for two additions to the Enclave residential subdivision, located on Hunter Drive north of Medina Road.
At the meeting, the City Council also dealt with other topics. Here are some meeting highlights.
Medina Planning Consultant Nate Sparks described proposals of U.S. Home Corporation for the third and fourth additions to the Enclave residential development and reviewed the history of the first two additions.
The first addition, located on the north end of the Enclave, contains 24 R2 residential single-family lots and five R3 townhome lots. The development begins just south of Hamel Lions Park. U.S. Homes got approval for the final plat in May 2011. In short order, the developer got approval for the second addition in July 2012.
The second addition contains 12 R1 residential single-family lots and 38 R2 residential single-family lots, as well as a street connecting the Enclave to its companion residential development, the Enclave at Brockton Lane.
The third and fourth additions will round out the Enclave development on Hunter Drive.
The third addition final plat calls for 28 R1 residential single-family lots and eight R2 single-family lots, with a wetland located in the center of the addition. Additional features will be a private park, small parking area and trails. Trees will be preserved on the southeast corner of the third addition, which occupies the southern portion of the Enclave.
The fourth addition will be located just south of Hamel Legion park. US Homes is proposing to construct 36 townhomes — bringing the total number of townhomes in the Enclave to 41.
The City Council attached 15 conditions to the resolution approving the third addition and 12 conditions to its approval of the fourth addition. For both additions, Medina will not allow lawn and landscaping irrigation systems to be connected to the city water system. The developer is required to work with the city engineer to come up with a plan for a separate irrigation system.
City councilors asked Carole Toohey, of U.S. Homes, about sales of homes in the first and second additions. She said the first addition is sold out, and her company is half-way through selling homes in the second addition.
City Administrator Scott Johnson asked for and got City Council approval to send a letter to Administrative Law Judge Eric, Lipman, who presided over the recent public hearings on the certificate of need for the proposed Hollydale high voltage 115 kV power transmission line. Xcel is proposing to upgrade transmission lines and power substations located in Medina and Plymouth, and the certificate of need hearings took place at the Medina Entertainment Center.
Johnson said in the letter that three Medina residents told city staff that they did not receive notice of the certificate of need hearings until after they were held on March 6 and 7. All three residents said their neighbors did not receive proper notice of the hearings. Consequently, the Medina City Council is formally requesting a new hearing and sufficient notice to Medina residents to allow further comment on the proposed Hollydale transmission line.
LORETTO FIRE DEPARTMENT CONTRACT
The City Council looked a the proposed contract between Medina and the Loretto Fire Department and identified some issues to be addressed. Then Councilors tabled action on the contract until the April 2 City Council meeting.
City Attorney Ron Batty noted that the contract does not specify the level of service that the Loretto Fire Department would provide to Medina. He suggested that this issue be addressed in the contract.
Batty also noticed that the contract talks about fees and services based upon market value of properties in the cities served by the Loretto Fire Department. While a commercial property might have the same market value as a residential property, a commercial property might have a higher tax capacity.
City Councilor Liz Weir said Medina has more commercial property than some of the other cities served by Loretto Fire.
City Councilor John Anderson suggested that the contract contain a clause pertaining termination of the contract due to a cause.
OFFICER MCGILL RECONGITION
The City Council recognized Medina Police Officer Chris McGill for his 15 years of service to the city.
Over the years he has served as Reserve Officer Coordinator, member of the Drug Task Force and city firearms instructor.