Independence OKs shared services report

City working with Maple Plain on ideas

IndependenceCityHallA committee from the cities of Independence and Maple Plain has been looking at potential ways for sharing services, and now the issue is in the hands of the two city administrators, Toni Hirsch and Tessia Melvin.

The Independence City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 14, approved a report from the Shared Services Committee, composed of Maple Plain City Councilors Mike DeLuca and Justin McCoy and Independence Mayor Marvin Johnson and City Councilor Norm Wenck. The report recommended that the issue of shared services be turned over to Independence’s Hirsch and Maple Plain’s Melvin.

“They can do a better job than we can,” Johnson said. He talked about May 1 as a cut-off date.

“Maple Plain is more concerned about public works than we are,” he said and noted that a Maple Plain Public Works employee has plans to retire this spring.

Independence and Maple Plain already have helped each other out in some areas. For example, Independence Public Works recently did some snow plowing in Maple Plain. On a more formal basis, the two cities share police and fire departments.

City Councilor Wenck suggested that the two city public works departments share on-call duties, so that employees could have extra days off.

Johnson suggested that Independence City Councilors rotate as liaisons to the Maple Plain City Council.

The Maple Plain City Council approved the report from the Shared Services Committee on Jan. 13. (See separate story in this newspaper.)

The Independence City Council also took up other business.


The City Council revoked six conditional use permits. In all six cases, property owners were not putting their land to the conditional land use originally specified in the permits. The six revoked permits were for:

• A hobby kennel at 4404 County Road 92 (permit issued in 1992).

• A non-rental guest apartment in 3200 block of County Road 92 (permit issued in 1999).

• A horse boarding facility at 2510 County Road 92.

• A trucking, pulverizing and excavating operation at 2858 Nelson Road (permit issued in 1993).

• An auto repair, new and used parts service at 1960 County Road 90 (permit issued 2008).

• Storage of tropical plants (no retail or wholesale sales) at 6315 Main St. (permit issued 2002).



The City Council also:

RE-APPOINTED Tom Palmquist and Craig Olson to three-year terms on the Planning Commission.

APPOINTED Linda Betts to serve as deputy mayor when Johnson is absent.

REAPPOINTED The Pioneer and the South Crow River News & Delano Eagle as designated newspapers for city legal announcements.

CANCELED the Jan. 28 regular council meeting due to lack of agenda items.

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