Osseo hires water tower grant consultant

The Osseo City Council hired a historical consultant for work on the Osseo North Water Tower Intensive Level Survey during its Monday, July 28 meeting. The city previously received grant money to help with this work.

Also during the meeting, the council considered a conditional use permit (CUP) request by Passion Church for a building on Central Avenue.

This and other action took place during the meeting.



Emma Notermann, Economic Development intern, presented the council with the option to consider hiring a consultant to complete the work associated with the Minnesota Historical Society grant award for the Osseo Water Tower Intensive Level Study and evaluation for National Register eligibility.

Back in May the city was awarded a $6,564 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society for the purpose of hiring a historical consultant to prepare a report on the North Water Tower. The report will determine if the water tower is eligible to be included on the National Registry of Historical Places.

Notermann said three potential consultant candidates were reached out to — Alexa McDowell, Greg Gaut and Charlene Roise. “We received bids back from two of them, Alexa McDowell and Greg Gaut,” she said. “They were both within the grant money we were allocated.”

McDowell’s bid was $6,564 and Gaut’s bid was $6,500.

Staff recommended McDowell because she was already in engaged in the project with the initial grant writing process and had completed work on placing the Elk River Water Tower on the National Register.

Councilor Allan Hartkopf asked who was going to pay for repairs to the water tower if they were needed. Notermann said the grant was just to prepare a report to give to the Minnesota Historical Society to determine if the water tower is even eligible to be on the register. “There are two or three more steps before we would get to the National Register, at which point we could apply for additional grant money to repair the water tower,” she added.

The council voted 3-1 to approve the hiring of historical consultant Alexa McDowell for work on the Osseo Water Tower Intensive Level Survey and evaluation for the National Register eligibility. Councilor Hartkopf voted against and Mayor Duane Poppe was absent.


Passion Church

The council also heard a request from Passion Church, which was applying for a CUP to use at 101 Central Avenue. The church applied for the CUP to allow for a teen or youth activity center to located at that site. The proposal would allow Passion Church to reach out the youth within the Osseo/Maple Grove area as well as surrounding areas.

Passion Church holds it’s Sunday worship services at Maple Grove Senior High. The church’s teen ministry program is rapidly growing and the church is in need of a larger facility. The church would use the space at 101 Central Avenue for weekly Wednesday evening programs, after school for walk-in students and recreational activities throughout the month.

City Planner Riley Grams said parking would be located at the two spaces on Central Avenue in front of the building as well as eight spaces to the south of the building along First Street N.W.

The church would have to get special permission from city staff for any outdoor events, if there were any to be planned.

The Planning Commission approved the CUP for Passion Church with several conditions. Some of those include: using First Street N.W. for bus loading and unloading, no overnight sleeping, one or two church staff members present during business hours, and prior to CUP issuance the Osseo Building Official shall preform a walk-through of the space to ensure all applicable codes are met relating to the propose use.

Councilor Rick Weber said he felt the Planning Commission missed including having the police and fire departments walk through. “There is only one entrance in and out,” he said. “So with that, and without the support of our police and fire department … I would like to table this until we have further reports.”

Councilor Daniel Spanier said he had the same concerns.

Rev. Jonathan Brozozog of Passion Church said the building has a basement and there is a second exit that exists in the back of the building that adjoins to the building to the back. He added teens would be at the building at 6:30 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. The building would be closed by 9 p.m.

“Outside of that we’re looking at very small groups where we can add value to the community and have a place for teenagers to come in and have a place to do homework, have access to free wifi, place to have fun,” Brozozog said.

City Attorney Loren Magsam said adding having the police and fire go on the walk through could be added to one of the conditions.

The council unanimously approved the CUP request to operate a youth activity center by Passion Church at 101 Central Avenue, subject to several conditions with the addition of Osseo Police and Fire joining the Osseo Building Official on the walk-through to ensure all codes are met with all code deficiencies are fixed and the addition of a condition that the property owner must sign off on the application.



In other action, the council:

WAS updated CUP checks for 2014. There are a total of 39 active CUPs. There are 21 CUPs with no violations, six with violations, two not yet applicable (Osseo Gun Club and Tim’s Quality Plumbing) and 10 with the potential to revoke.

ACCEPTED the resignation of Michael Boettner from the Public Services Department.


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