3/29/2013 10:10:00 AM Zoning changes on Sandstone, Mayo
by Ken Haggerty
The Cannon Falls City Council moved forward on two zoning changes on the south end of the city at its March 19 meeting.
Action was taken furthering the annexation of about 13 acres of land currently in Cannon Falls Township that is part of the approximate 50 acre parcel Mayo Clinic is developing and where it will locate its new clinic/hospital facility. Zoning will be changed from Urban Reserve District to a special Planned Unit Development District that is meant to match Mayo's planned use for the parcel.
The annexed parcel is south and east of the Grandpa's Garage site.
Zoning action was also taken on the currently vacant and foreclosed Sandstone Ridge property, located south of County 25. The City will change the zoning on that property from R-3, medium density residential, to Urban Reserve. Under Urban Reserve, the City has more control over any planned development.
The City hopes to see the Sandstone Ridge parcel sold as one big lot to a single buyer who could come in and develop it, possibly as light industrial or warehouse use on concrete slab. The City feels underlying soils make it a poor area for residential development.
$12,000 for iPads
The Council approved the spending of $12,000 for about 20 iPads to be used by City staff and Council members. The purchase is part of a project to move the City toward less paper files, streamline handling of documents, and to improve public and inter-agency access to documents.
Council member LeRoy McCusker was the lone no vote on the purchase.
McCusker, an admitted "non-techie person," questioned whether the same things could be done with existing laptops, whether 20 units were really needed, whether an Apple product is the best platform for City functions, whether any real savings will be realized, and whether or not it sends the right message in what are still tight economic times.
Mayor Robby Robinson said he would like to see the issue of the relocation of the Farmers Market from the city parking lot behind Scofield's to the city park and ride lots revisited at a future meeting with input from surveyed downtown business owners.
Fire Department Donations
The Council approved donations for a total of $2,850 from Patricia Sunquist and the Fire Department Relief Association to the Fire Department.