As temperatures in the mid 80s enveloped Medina City Hall Tuesday, July 16, the Medina City Council sat inside and debated a timely topic — water conservation. The discussion focussed specifically on the final plat for 51 single family lots in the Reserve of Medina subdivision, located east of County Road 116 and south of Hackamore Road.
At issue was lawn watering. Where would the water come from? How could the amount of water used for lawn watering be limited and regulated? One thing was certain. A provision for the preliminary and final plats said, “No lawn or landscape irrigation systems shall be permitted to be connected to the city water system. The developer shall provide details of alternative irrigation measures.”
Also at issue was the fact that the construction season was growing short. Representatives of the developer, Toll Brothers, said they wanted preliminary plat approval that night. They did not want to wait another month for city staff to work with their company on an irrigation plan.
The Toll Brothers contingent said they had asked the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for a well permit, so that the Reserve would have its own source of irrigation water. At that point the DNR had not granted approval. Meanwhile, Toll Brothers engineers knew where they wanted to put the pump house for the well, where pipes would travel to individual lots and how the system would use the storm water pond as a water source.
Public Works Director Steve Scherer said, “You’re going to want to water your sod.” He described ways to install an irrigation system right away, hook it up to a storm water pond and limit water use by residents. Pipes could be turned on for a few hours per day in each part of the development. That way everyone in the development would not be watering at the same time. This type of arrangement already in place in another Medina residential development.
Finally, City Councilor Kathleen Martin moved approval of the final plat for phase one of the Reserve of Medina, contingent upon Toll Brothers and city staff working out a plan for installing pipes, connections to the storm water pond and a pump house as the development is being built. Her motion called for disclosure to prospective home buyers and the homeowners association that irrigation would be limited and regulated.
Three City Councilors — Martin, Mayor Liz Weir and John Anderson, approved the final plat, including the contingencies specified by Martin. City Councilor Jeff Pederson had excused himself from the Reserve deliberation, and City Councilor Melissa Martinson was absent.
Toll Brothers got preliminary plat approval in May for 126 single family lots in the Reserve of Medina. The lots will be developed in phases, and the final plat approval on July 16 was for 51 lots in phase one.
The City Council also took up other business. Here are some meeting highlights.
BROAD BAND BUILDING PLAN
City Administrator Scott Johnson said he and Medina resident Judy Mallett had met with Bill Jensen of Mediacom to discuss a plan for building broadband infrastructure that would enable residents and businesses to connect to cable television, the internet and phone service. Johnson and Mallett hoped to see a map outlining where infrastructure would be built this year. Mediacom was not ready to show a map.
Meanwhile, Mediacom still expects to construct infrastructure for this year’s build out by the end of the year. The City Council would see a map by the end of August and discuss priorities for who would get infrastructure first. Once the council approves the map, it will be posted on the Medina website at ci.medina.mn.us.
So far the plan is to give priority to commercial and high density residential customers. Mediacom will provide 15 miles of build out this year and 15 miles next year. The City Council has approved the withdrawal of $180,000 from city reserves to pay for the construction with half expended this year and half next year. The reserves will be replenished over time through cable franchise fees.
TOM CROSBY PLAQUE
The City Council approved the words that will go on a plaque recognizing former Mayor Tom Crosby, who died recently. The plaque will be displayed at the new Public Works/Police Building at 600 Clydesdale Trail. It will read, in part, “This Public Works and Police facility is dedicated to honor Thomas M. Crosby for his outstanding service to the City of Medina while serving as Mayor from January 2007 through April 2013.”
The City Council also:
LEARNED that Medina and other cities hit by the recent storm are being considered for a federal disaster declaration by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). The city of Medina had approximately $20,000 in damage and costs related to the storm, but storms were not severe enough for individuals to qualify for disaster aid.
APPROVED both the site plan and development agreement that will enable Complete Eye Care to construct a building southwest of Highway 55 and Sioux Drive in the Hamel Station retail development.
ACCEPTED a $1,000 donation from the Hamel Lions Club that will be earmarked for paying some of the costs for Medina Celebration Day, set for Saturday, Sept. 21.
APPROVED a bingo permit and temporary on-sale liquor license for Holy Name of Jesus Church for Sept. 7.
APPROVED a fireworks agreement with RES Specialty Pyrotechnics for Medina Celebration Day at a cost of $4,000.
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