St. Michael anticipates public hearing for proposed teen camp

Tom Dawson, left, Director of Operations for the STMA Soccer Association,  provides Mayor Jerry Zachman a check for $1,200 to help offset costs involved in soccer field maintenance. Dawson said 1,500 to 1,600 kids went through the soccer program last year.

Tom Dawson, left, Director of Operations for the STMA Soccer Association, provides Mayor Jerry Zachman a check for $1,200 to help offset costs involved in soccer field maintenance. Dawson said 1,500 to 1,600 kids went through the soccer program last year.

The St. Michael City Council heard an update regarding the proposed Teen Challenge Camp at Lake Charlotte.

The council also discussed transit options after hearing that the River Rider transportation service will end this summer.

 

TEEN CHALLENGE

Community development director Marc Weigle reviewed discussion from the March 5 planning commission meeting.

He said Teen Challenge submitted more detailed plans for its anticipated use of the former Girl Scout camp located at Lake Charlotte. It was decided that an interim use permit tied to the organization of Teen Challenge, instead of a defined end date, would make the most sense.

A public hearing is planned for April 2 at the planning commission.

The permit is to operate a teen boys boarding school, with less frequency for an adult camp.

For more than 25 years, Mn Adult & Teen Challenge has counseled teens and adults struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, offering treatment, faith-based recovery programs, aftercare programs for graduates, and prevention programs for middle and high school students.

The city council would review the plans after the planning commission hearing.

The city recently hosted a meeting to discuss the preliminary plans.

Weigle said there was “some concern as far as public safety and potential impact to property values. Those are issues the city is looking into and checking other (Teen Challenge) locations.”

 

TRANSIT UPDATE

In other news, city administrator Steve Bot reported that the River Rider transportation service will be discontinued effective July 1, and that a group of people are working to find an alternative.

He said currently the group is working with Trailblazer Transit, who is willing to work in the area and would offer good customer service. A meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 27, at 6 p.m. at the Wright County Board Room to discuss the future of transit in Wright County.

Mayor Jerry Zachman and the council reviewed the letter and authorized Zachman to sign a letter of support on behalf of council support for Trailblazer.

In other action, the council:

SET Monday, March 31, at 6 p.m. as a joint meeting with the STMA School Board and Albertville City Council. Topics include raising ice arena rates or increasing donations from the school district and cities, and inviting Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer to discuss school funding equity.

APPROVED plans and ordered bids for the wastewater treatment plant biosolids improvement project.

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