Preliminary levy increase set at 2.99%
The St. Michael City Council approved a plan by the Legacy of St. Michael senior living facility to expand with more units.
The council also approved a preliminary levy and budget, and heard about a barbecue competition in which the council was asked to judge.
Community development director Marc Weigle said Trident Development is proposing to add 24 more units to the Legacy of St. Michael senior living facility.
Weigle said the planning commission considered the requests and recommended approval for expansion.
He said the developer also requested assessing the infrastructure fee over a period of seven years with no interest. Staff recommended approving the request because the land is currently planned for townhome development and there likely would not be a townhome development for several years. Staff said receiving the infrastructure money over time is better than none.
Roger Fink of Trident said the project is on a quick schedule and would like to begin construction in October.
Mayor Jerry Zachman and councilors Chris Schumm, Nadine Schoen, Joe Marx and Kevin Kasel approved the concept plan, preliminary and final plat, and an amended site plan for Legacy to move forward with the expansion.
In other news, the council reviewed draft summary budgets for 2014.
City administrator Steve Bot said the latest interpretation of the levy limit law passed by the legislature this year allows for the amount levied for debt service to be added to the general fund levy. He said staff proposes to keep the levy amount at the 2.99 percent increase previously agreed by the council, but to move 1.99 percent of it into the general fund levy which would provide greater flexibility in the future. That amount would then be transferred to the equipment fund and building repair fund.
The remaining 1 percent increase would be added to the debt levy to pay for previous infrastructure projects.
Bot said it was determined St. Michael cannot bond for the roof replacement project at the STMA Ice Arena (jointly owned by St. Michael, Albertville and the school district) since the facility is located in Albertville.
Council member Kasel, an arena board member, said additional money beyond what is needed for the roof repair should continue to be placed in a capital equipment/building expense fund, that eventually the ice surfacing machine would need to be replaced, and that additional building repairs are needed.
Getting back to the budget, Bot said overall it addresses the critical needs of the city (debt/equipment) without an excessive levy increase.
The council then adopted a resolution approving the preliminary budget. Final approval is in December, at which time the council can lower the levy but cannot increase it.
In other news, Sadies Coffee Shop of St. Michael owners Jason Strickland and Richard Brown were present to inform the council of a barbecue competition at the Colonial Mall Oct. 19.
Brown is also owner of Midwest Rubs, and asked if the council would be interested in participating as barbecue competition judges. He said all proceeds would be donated to the St. Michael Fire and Rescue Department and asked the city to help advertise the event and get the word out.
Brown said he would attend the Sept. 17 ShopStMichael meeting to work together and support St. Michael businesses and community events.
The council members wished them luck and said they would help advertise the event.
In other action, the council:
DIRECTED the city attorney to send correspondence to the manufacturer of the chairs at city hall to request replacement within warranty. The chairs have been falling apart.
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