By Megan Hopps
SUN PRESS Newspapers
The Champlin City Council and staff reviewed the details of a plan to reconstruct Champlin’s Allina Medical Clinic in the coming year. Furthermore, the council delved further into a consent agenda item involving a joint powers agreement with Hennepin County and reviewed the city’s 2013 audit and financial records.
In August of this year, MSP Commercial plans to dismantle the existing site and construct a new facility and site improvements. The company plans to keep the existing clinic open during construction of the new facility to be located at the corner of Jefferson Hwy. and White Oaks Trail. Temporary parking will be moved to the west until April 2015. It is anticipated that the clinic will open in May and the existing building will be torn down and the parking lot will be expanded to fit 155 parking stalls.
A few other changes are also in store for the site in the coming year. In May, an open house was held and approximately ten residents attended and asked questions about the details of the plan. Concerns raised were mainly with the area west of the proposed project as neighbors were concerned that they were losing the wooded open lot near their homes.
MSP Commercial has landscape plans in place that exceed the city ordinance requirements. The plan includes heavily landscaped parking lot islands and dense planting serving as a landscaped buffer to surrounding neighborhoods. The biggest landscaping change involves removal of trees to the west of the development which borders a road. Reforestation trees will be brought in to improve the overall tree quality and are provided along the east and north boundaries of the site construction.
Before the consent agenda was approved, it was amended.
Items on the consent agenda included appointments of deputy clerks for election purposes, council bylaw amendments involving the use of interactive media in open forum, appointments of election judges for the 2014 primary and general elections, authorization of a joint cooperative agreement between the city and Hennepin County for participation in the urban Hennepin County community development block grant program and the acceptance of capital appropriations from the Minnesota state bond proceeds for the Elm Creek Dam at the Mill Pond.
Councilor Bruce Miller requested that the item pertaining to entering into a joint powers agreement with the county be pulled for further discussion.
“I would like to make a motion to table this item to bring it fourth in a work session,” he said. “I have a variety of questions regarding this and it does expand authority to the county and before we do that I’d like some more answers on this.”
The Champlin Farmer’s Market is now open and will be conducted every Wednesday through Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ice forum parking lot.
The next council work session will be held Monday, July 28 at 4:45 p.m. in the council conference room and the next city council meeting will follow immediately after at 7 p.m. in the council chambers. There will be an EDA executive session after the meeting in the council conference room.
Tom Hodnefield of HLB Tautges Redpath gave a brief overview of the results of the 2013 audit and financial records for the city of Champlin. In the report, the city received a clean opinion for the 2013 year. This means that the auditors found that the financial records of the city fairly represented the results of operations for the year. Finance Director June Johnson and Mayor ArMand Nelson were presented with a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting.
At the work session, council and staff reviewed the details of the 2015 operating budget and financial management plan which lays out a one, five and ten year plan for the city.
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