City Council Briefs: April 23, 2013 meeting

The following news items are from the April 23 meeting of the Princeton City Council. They were compiled by reporter Joel Stottrup.

Chickens in town

Chickens should be arriving in the near future at the Eric and Amy Wogen residence, 807 First St. The council approved an interim use permit on April 25 for the Wogens to keep chickens on their property.

The approval follows the recommendation by the city Planning Commission to give the permit. It is the first permit that the city has given for raising chickens since it passed an ordinance nearly a year ago to allow permits for keeping chickens in the R-2 residential zone.

The Wogens’ permit carries a number of conditions, including a maximum of four chickens, no roosters and leg banding with owner’s identification, address and phone number. The permit also has regulations on cleanliness and coop and run facilities. Community Development Director/Zoning Administrator Carie Fuhrman pointed out that the permit terminates if the Wogens should either sell the property or vacate it, such as in the case of renting it out.


Grant for airport radio

The council adopted a resolution authorizing the mayor and clerk to sign a grant agreement to help the city purchase a radio controller at the city airport. The grant is from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, which will pay 70 percent of the $2,050 cost of the radio, leaving $615 for the city’s share.

The radio controller allows pilots, who are attempting to land, to activate the runway lights and other navigational aids by clicking a microphone while on the airport’s radio frequency.


Cleanup of former gas station

The council approved the proposal by West Central Environmental Consultants to perform a phase II environmental assessment at the site of a former gas station at 903 Ninth Ave. N. at a cost not to exceed $7,750. The money is to come out of remaining money in a Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant, Fuhrman said. The city’s Economic Development Authority board recommended the West Central Environmental Consultants’ proposal because it appeared to be the best of the seven proposals received.

The property is in tax forfeiture. Mille Lacs County will sell it to the city at a reduced price because of the environmental pollution there, Fuhrman said.