4/25/2013 2:44:00 PM CF council sticks to Farmers Market relocation decision
by Ken Haggerty
The Cannon Falls city council, during its April 16 meeting, stuck with a decision from earlier this year to relocate the Farmers Market from the city parking lot behind Scofield's to the park and ride lots across Hwy. 19 from John Burch Park and the bandshell,
City administrator Aaron Reeves said the Chamber of Commerce had surveyed some members and felt that most agreed with the plan.
Council member LeRoy McCusker said he got a lot of calls on the initial decision, with most people opposed to it. McCusker said he assured the callers this wasn't a move to cater to bicyclists, but as a way to relieve congestion in the crowded city lot and make the traffic flow in the area safer.
Reeves said the move is not set in stone. "If it doesn't work out, we can move it back," he said.
Wilson assessed for clean-up
The council approved an assessment of $10,070 to the property taxes of Tom Wilson for clean-up costs incurred by the city.
The city has been after Wilson to clean up the property south of downtown near the northwest intersection of County 24 and 311th St. Way for a number of years. When Wilson failed to clean-up, the City got a Court order to go on the property and have the clean-up done last summer.
Zoning for mall storage units
The council approved under its consent agenda a request by Ed Rymer for an amendment to a zoning ordinance that would allow him to build mini self-storage units on property adjacent to the Cannon Mall.
The proposal had a public hearing at the Planning Commission level and it was approved by them.
Current zoning is Highway Business District, but Rymer has said the new interchange and connecting highways going into Cannon Falls will change the traffic pattern for the Mall.
The amendment included language with requirements on size, spacing, pavement, traffic, signage, and fencing as well as restrictions prohibiting retail activity.
Liquor license for BBQ at old Mill Street deli site
The Council approved a liquor license application for Ryan Johnson, who is working on opening RJ's BBQ at 331 Mill Street West, That is the site of the Old Market Deli, which closed earlier this year.
The license is for 3.2 beer and for wine/strong beer. The wine/strong beer portion requires State approval as well.
Massage, bond, tubers
Emmalee Jean Miller's request for a massage license was approved. City requires fees, insurance, and a background check before approving a massage license...Eastside street and utility bonding will go to the market on June 4...Welch Mill Canoe and Tube was again granted permission to launch from Riverside Park.