7/11/2013 10:47:00 AM Council denies excavation permit
by Ken Haggerty
The Cannon Falls City Council voted to deny an excavation permit to CF Holdings of Chatfield, at its July 2 meeting held at the Cannon Valley Fairgrounds.
LeRoy McCusker was the lone no vote on the Council, with Merlyce Johnson and Rod Holst absent. McCusker indicated he wasn't too happy with some of the dealings the Council had with Geoff Griffin of CF Holdings in the past, but didn't think the plan was anything drastic like a frac sand mine. McCusker said he is concerned that government can overreach on some of these type of issues.
McCusker said it seemed like CF Holdings was trying to make some money selling fill to MnDOT for the overpass and interchange project, which are located right near the parcels CF Holdings wants to excavate. CF Holdings has two parcels in the city (about 15 acres) and one in CF Township (about 17 acres). It has indicated it wants to develop the parcels commercially and for medium density residential housing in the future.
A review of the excavation permit by the city said the city thinks the parcels will be left with too steep of a grade after excavation that will make it unfeasible to reasonably develop. The city also said it will be tough to blend in the final grade with nearby parcels. The city said the existing elevation is over 50 feet in some areas.
Council member Bill Duncan said the excavation plan reminded him of strip mining and fears when complete the land will include a big empty space and a partially cut off hillside.
Library drainage issues
The Council approved plans to resolve some drainage issues at the new library.
The City will spend about $11,000 out of the project's contingency fund to take out the planned landscaping on the west end of the property and just go with cement to prevent any drainage issues with the Dudley's Pizza property.
The city will not pay for changes on the east and rear of the building to resolve drainage issues. Those were deemed as design/construction errors and will be paid for by the contractors.