From frac sand to potential penalties for Cheater's Bar, Winona City Council is in for a busy Monday night.
Frac sand Traffic
Since April, the Council has been working on a revamp of city code that would require a Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) for all frac sand facilities. Earlier this month, council members directed staff to come up with options for extending that requirement to include truck routes, verifying and enforcing truck limits, and accounting for the cumulative impact of traffic from the multiple frac sand facilities in the area, including ones outside of city limits.
Staff is recommending that the TIA requirements not be extended to truck routes, citing the previous Planning Commission opposition, and noting that truck routes are designed to handle truck traffic and that state funds are available for their upkeep. The staff report states that new regulations addressing cumulative traffic impacts from multiple mines and processing sites is unnecessary because cumulative impacts are already being controlled by Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) required for new or expanding sites and because the mining industry is unlikely to grow much in Minnesota. The report states that frac sand production is likely to be centered in Wisconsin. Supporters of traffic regulation have often pointed out that numerous frac sand trucks cross into Winona from Wisconsin for shipping and processing.
Visit the Winona Post archives at winonapost.com for the complete information on past TIA discussions.
$8M Housing developments
Staff has drafted a resolution of support for two low-income housing projects that would utilize state tax credits to expand and renovate two Winona sites. Developer Community Capital has plans for a $5 million expansion and renovation of Morningside Terrace on Sugar Loaf Road. Another company, Winhaven Court LP, has plans for a nearly $3 million renovation of Winhaven Court on Main Street downtown.
Staff has recommended that the council voice formal support for these projects.
Both projects are applying for tax credits from the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency.
No more booze
at Cheater's Bar?
Cheater's Bar has plead guilty to allowing patrons to stay after closing time and serving alcohol after hours, according to the City Attorney's Office. A public hearing will be held before the council decides how to respond to Cheater's infidelity to city code. A worse case scenario for the bar: revocation of its liquor license and a $2,000 fine. Public comment will be allowed during the public hearing.
Appeal for Dog Groomer
Kemlyn Block-Stockstill and Thomas L. Stockstill Jr. are appealing a Board of Adjustment decision that denied them a variance for their home dog-grooming business. City code disallows having more than one non-resident employee for a home business. The Stockstills were asking for a variance to allow them to hire two more employees in order to keep up with their expanding business. It was a split vote but the Board of Adjustment did not allow that variance. Opponents said that the Stockstills needed to find a location in the business district.
Staff has prepared a $49,244 contract with Bruce Reed for the city's compost site. It does not appear that the city sought other bids or quotes for the contract.
The City Council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.