Discusses proposal for solar savings
by Megan Hopps
SUN PRESS Newspapers
The Champlin City Council Nov. 12 accepted a donation from the Champlin Park Youth Hockey Association.
The council also heard about a proposal to install solar panels on city buildings that would generate energy savings at no cost to the city.
The city has been in partnership with the association since 1996.
Since then, the organization has donated $875,000 to assist the city with operation and maintenance of the Champlin Ice Forum. Vice president of the organization, Dave Baker, and members of the Champlin Park Youth Hockey Association presented Mayor ArMand Nelson with the second of two $25,000 checks the organization has donated this year.
In other news, City Administrator Bret Heitkamp gave an overview of the work session that took place before Tuesday’s meeting. He announced that both national and local installers presented the council with a proposal to install solar panels on three municipal campus buildings that would power four buildings.
This is a $1.2 million project that the city is working on in cooperation with tax incentives, Excel energy rebates and a private financier. Because of these factors, the city will have no out-of-pocket costs. The city has the opportunity to save approximately $22,000 in the first six years of the agreement and potentially a substantial amount even greater than that over the term of 40-plus years.
“We have a great opportunity to bring in a renewable energy source to the city of Champlin,” Heitkamp said.
The council will be asked to take action on this item within the coming weeks.
In other action, the council:
HEARD from administrator Heitkamp regarding the vacant building registration program. The council had requested some modifications to the program and discussed those modifications with staff in detail. Those changes will be brought back for consideration at future meetings.
HEARD from Mayor Nelson that an executive session would be conducted following the meeting regarding employee contract negotiations and a volunteer recognition social would be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Mann’s Champlin 14 Theatre. He also noted that a committee-of-the-whole meeting will be held at 5:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in the council chambers before the regularly scheduled council meeting at 7 p.m. and that a council work session will follow the meeting Monday night.
CONDUCTED a public hearing regarding a currency exchange license renewal application for The People’s Pawn & Jewelry. The People’s Pawn & Jewelry was issued a Currency Exchange License by the Minnesota Department of Commerce in 2010 and they are required to renew their license at this time. They have submitted an application to the Department of Commerce and the city must provide a notice of its intention to consider the issue and solicit testimony from interested persons before Nov. 26.
APPROVED a resolution authorizing the city to enter an agreement for jurisdictional transfer between Hennepin County and the City of Champlin for West River Road and East Hayden Lake Road.
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