Champlin makes appointments for 2014

by Megan Hopps

SUN PRESS Newspapers


Mayor ArMand Nelson and Acting Mayor Eric Johnson representing Ward II were excused from the Jan. 13 Champlin meeting.

Councilor Ryan Karasek, representing Ward I, led Monday’s meeting.

The Champlin City Council and staff followed the recommendations of Mayor Nelson to appoint city staff and residents to various city departments. Furthermore, the council heard from City Planner Scott Shulte about a resident requesting a conditional use permit to build a detached garage.



The city is required to appoint council members and city staff to oversee the actions of various city departments.

Recommendations were provided by Mayor Nelson prior to the meeting. It was recommended that the following city staff be appointed to the suggested positions for the 2014 year:

Councilor Eric Johnson for Acting Mayor;

Councilor Bruce Miller as delegate and Mayor Nelson as alternate;

Councilor Kara Terry and City Administrator Bret Heitkamp serve as representatives to the Anoka-Champlin Fire Board;

Police Chief Dave Kolb and Deputy Police Chief Ty Schmidt or their successors serve as alternates;

Councilor Eric Johnson and city Administrator Bret Heitkamp to Quad Cities Cable Communications Commission;

Councilor Ryan Karasek and Parks Facilities Manager Charlie Lehn to the School District Advisory Board;

Mayor Nelson is required to serve as Weed and Tree Inspector;

Craig Wissink to Deputy Weed and Tree Inspector and;

Dawn Soderholm, Alicia Jahnke, Nick Powell and Charlie Lehn to Champlin Farmers Market Board.


New Business

Champlin resident Todd Delmore is requesting a conditional use permit to construct a 1,500-square-foot detached garage. The city’s ordinance states that the maximum allowable size for an individual attached or detached accessory structure  is limited to 1,000-square-feet.

To exceed this limit, a conditional use permit is required. The maximum allowable accessory building footage for the 4.9 acre property is 1,600-square-feet. He is also requesting that the existing detached garage be raised.

The council made a motion to pass the agenda item providing the following conditions are met: the attached garage should not be used for any home occupation or commercial related activities; Building materials for the attached garage should match the principle structure and finally; the conditional use permit should be recorded with the Hennepin County Recorder’s Office.



In other news, councilor Karasek announced the following: city hall will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday; there will be an economic development authority work session Tuesday, Jan, 21 at 6 p.m. in the mayor and council conference room; there will be a council work session Monday, Jan. 27 at 5:45 p.m. in the council conference room.

The next city council meeting will be Monday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers.


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