by megan hopps
SUN PRESS Newspapers
The Champlin City Council met Monday Aug. 26 to discuss plans to reposition a trail that runs through the backyard of Anderson Estates.
The resolution proposed affects lots 9, 10 and 11 of block 3 at Anderson Estates. The residents requested the city reroute the trail that runs through their backyard and vacate the easement associated with the trail. The repositioning of the trail would reduce or eliminate the nuisance trespassing that occurs because of its close proximity to their homes. Residents have filed many police reports and believe their property values may be negatively affected. The trail is currently positioned adjacent to the rear lot lines and spans a stretch of about 315 feet. The residents of Anderson Estates suggested moving the trail to run onto adjacent city property. Xcel energy is in agreement to reposition the trail, should the city approve, because it is within the power line easement. This would be a logical re-routing decision because the condition of the trail needs repair. Anderson Estates would like the project to be completed by October of this year. The council is in favor of the move.
The next item the council addressed was a resolution to approve a conditional use permit to import fill and grade the property at 8250 120th Ave. N. to build a single family home. The proposed grading plan raises the lot for a split entry walkout home. The lot will drain via gentle swale from southwest to northeast. To reduce soil import the city has coordinated with the applicant to develop a grading plan that includes re-grading of the adjacent pond. The re-grading provides 1,500 of soil for the lot. The plan will re-establish side slopes which are currently eroding and lowers the pond bottom. The remaining 1,500 cubic yards will be imported by the applicant. The grading and importing is expected to take a few days and will occur within the next 60 days. Surrounding home owners will be notified by mail of the change.
Lastly, the council approved a resolution for a conditional use permit to construct a garage addition at 11108 Welcome Ave. Robert and Diane Rosovitz plan to build a 1,196 square-foot attached garage stall. The size of the addition requires approval from the city, but does not exceed the size allowed in the city.
Deputy City Administrator, John Cox gave an overview of the work session that took place before the meeting. The council addressed two matters including the consideration of the side yard street setback from 25 to 20 feet and the vacant building registration program to be improved and revised options to be considered at the time of budget.
Mayor Armand Nelson announced that City Hall will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2 for Labor Day. Also, that the farmers market will be held every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the parking lot at the Champlin Ice Forum.
There will be a council work session Monday, Sept. 9 at 5:45 p.m. in the council conference room and there will be an EDA meeting held Monday, Sept. 9 at 6:45 p.m. in the council chambers. The next city council meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the council chambers.
Contact Megan Hopps at [email protected]