Osseo considers nuisance parking ordinance amendment

The Osseo City Council talked about possibly amending the city ordinance that deals with nuisance parking at its Monday, July 22, meeting.

The council also approved the 37th annual Osseo Lions Roar festivities.



The council discussed amending the city ordinance dealing with nuisance parking. City Planner Riley Grams told the council Police Chief Tom Hartkopf brought forth a recommendation to change the language of the ordinance. The language would add all vehicles must be in operable condition. The current ordinance states that no more than four vehicles would be allowed parked or stored, outside of those vehicles in garages. The other addition would include “vehicles are allowed to be parked in the backyard provided they are on a hard surface, such as a driveway, if the driveway enters off an alley.

Grams added the Osseo Police Department has fielded a large number of complaints from residents whose neighbors keep junk vehicles, in non-operable condition, in backyards of private residences. The major complaint is that these junk vehicles create an unsightly eye sore and could potentially harbor various pests.

The Planning Commission recommended the changes to the ordinance.

The next steps would be to have the item on the Aug. 12 council agenda for the first reading of the amended ordinance and then the item be on the Aug. 26 agenda for the second reading and final adoption.

Councilor Bonnie Heinen said some people do not have driveways off an alley. She wondered what those people would do. Grams said if someone doesn’t have an alley, they more than likely have a garage and driveway off of the street.

City Administrator Doug Reeder said the Planning Commission discussed the word “vehicle” and wondered if ATVs, boats and other recreational vehicle were considered vehicles. Grams said he believes any vehicle would be considered including recreational ones.

Councilor Mark Schulz said, “I guess I would like to see a little more clarification on what a vehicle is.”

City Attorney Loren Magsam said he would check on the definition of “vehicle.”



The council also unanimously approved the 37th Osseo Lions Roar festivities, which runs Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7. Hours will be 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Some of the activities include carnival games, rides, food tent, beer garden with strong beer and wine, bingo and live music. Musical acts include Urban Myth Band, Papa Nut Band and the MooseKnuckle Brothers.

According to Osseo Lions President Bruce Neumann the Lions will have a food tent. “The Osseo Lions are also preparing food in our own food tent this year supplied with food from local outfits,” he added.

The annual Osseo Lions Roar parade will be Sept. 7 at noon.

Neumann added there would be a new carnival this year as well, which will be more family orientated.

The 5K Run/Walk is also being planned, along with Art in the Park and a sidewalk sale. There will be a book sale at the Osseo Library.

Most activities will take place along Third Avenue N.W. between Central Avenue and First Street N.W.



In other action, the council:

APPROVED the hiring of three new firefighters recruits within the Osseo Fire Department.

ACKNOWLEDGED the resignation of Melaine Larsen Sinouthasy from the Planning Commission.

ADOPTED a resolution approving the final plat of Five Central addition and authorizing the mayor and city administrator to execute all documents necessary for the final plat of Five Central. The City Council gave final plat approval last December, but did not adopt a resolution at the time.