Tiller Corp granted annual permit


The City of Scandia and the Scandia Heritage Alliance are inching closer toward an agreement that would allow the group to re-erect the historic former Hilltop Water Co. Water Tower Barn.

The Scandia City Council last week agreed to issue a temporary site license that will allow the Heritage Alliance to conduct soil borings at the proposed site for the barn—the youth ball field just south of the Scandia Community Center on Olinda Trail.

“If you guys feel confident that we can work out the details, we feel confident enough to spend the money on the soil borings,” said Susan Rodsjo, president of the Heritage Alliance.

The Heritage Alliance has asked the city for a 99-year lease on the site for $1 per year, and has proposed a five-year period in which the group can prove its ability to fundraise and write grants for the project.  

City Attorney Eric Sherburne noted that ironing out the details of a long-term lease on the site was going to take a little more time.

“There are not necessarily disagreements,” Sherburne said, “but things that need to be discussed with more specificity.”

Tiller granted AOP

The Scandia City Council last week granted Tiller Corporation’s Scandia Mine its annual operators permit. 

City Planner Merritt Clapp-Smith noting in her report to the council that the company had met or exceeded all the conditions of its permit.

The mining operation is monitored regularly for environmental compliance with groundwater quality, air quality, truck traffic and signage, fencing and screening, and hours of operation.

Approximately 425,000 tons of material was removed from the site in 2019, according to Clapp-Smith’s report.

Other business:

• The council approved the appointments of Dan Squyres, as chair, and Travis Loeffler, as vice chair, of the Scandia Planning Commission.

• The council enacted a new Code of Ordinances, which reorganized most existing city ordinances and should make them easier to search and review.

• The council agreed to a contract with yoga instructor Carol Schwinghammer to teach six-week courses in 2020 through the city’s parks and recreation program. The courses are available to city residents for $42 for the full course or $8 for individual sessions.

• The council granted a permit to the Scandia Athletic Association to hold the annual Scandia Fastpitch Tournament on June 26-28 at the city’s lighted ballfield.

• The council granted a gambling permit to the Scandia Riders Saddle Club for a ham bingo event on April 3 at the Scandia Community Center.

• The council approved a joint powers agreement with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to operate the Code Red Emergency Notification System.

The next Scandia City Council meeting will be held March 4 at 6:30 p.m.

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