Scandia is looking for financial assistance from the state.

The Scandia City Council last week approved two requests for bonding support from the state of Minnesota for two potential construction projects.

The first bond request is for $712,500, half the estimated $1.425 million cost of upgrading the city-owned Bliss Wastewater Treatment System, which serves homes on the west shore of Big Marine Lake.

The second bond request would provide $1.5 million to the Scandia Heritage Alliance, half the cost of reconstruction and siting of the Water Tower Barn amid the planned Scandia Arts & Heritage Center.

According to a council memo, the Heritage Alliance has already raised $465,800 toward the Heritage Center project.

The council voted 4-1 in favor of both resolutions, with Councilman Jerry Cusick the lone vote against.

 

Variances

The council granted two variance requests, but raised concerns about a third.

Dan and Melissa Potter’s request to construct a 10-foot by 12-foot deck at their home at 13260 182nd St. N. within the side lot and shoreline setbacks. 

In spite of the Scandia Planning Commission’s recommendation to approve the variance, the council argued that the needs expressed for the variance were too vague. Council members also noted that, according to the city’s zoning rules, the Potter home, on the south shore of Big Marine Lake, is a substandard lot that had already been improved once before.

“The interesting point … is you have a variance, and then a few years later they ask for a variance from a variance,” Mayor Christine Maefsky said.

The Potters argued that they need the deck for an emergency egress, and had already eliminated a proposed detached garage from the project to be more closely in compliance.

The council directed city staff to develop a resolution of denial for the variance to be considered at the council’s next meeting.

The two variances granted included construction of a new septic system within a setback at 12408 220th St. N., and allowing the construction of a detached garage at 12620 181st St. N.

 

Other business:

• The council authorized the development of plans and specifications for its 2022 street improvements project, which would include portions of 238th Street North and Melanie Trail. The project is estimated to cost $600,000. 

• The council promoted Firefighter Eric Rydeen to the rank of Fire Captain and reassigned Travis Loeffler to the rank of Firefighter. Loeffler had served as Fire Captain for four years.

•  The council accepted a municipal grant agreement for recycling with Washington County. The $13,062 in funding support the city’s Heavy Metal Clean-Up Week and other recycling programs.

 

The next Scandia City Council meeting will be held July 7 at 6:30 p.m.

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