City Council briefs: Aug. 22 meeting

The Princeton City Council conducted the following business at its Aug. 22 meeting. Written by Union-Eagle reporter Joel Stottrup

Rezoning Aero Business Park

The council passed Resolution 13-53, rezoning the city’s Aero Business Park to B-3 general business district. The industrial park, which sits along the south side of First Street and along 21st Avenue on the city’s west edge, was zoned B-2, neighborhood business commercial.

City Community Development Director/Zoning Administrator Carie Fuhrman and the city’s Economic Development Authority board had talked previously about how to sell lots at the park. Fuhrman and the EDA, as a result, decided that having it be zoned B-3 would help. The only occupied lot now at Aero Business Park is the one on the south end that holds the city’s new public safety building that is under construction.

Fuhrman told the council that a B-3 district would better fit the city’s future land use plan. A public hearing was conducted on the matter on July 22.

Land use plan amendment/rezoning

The council approved another parcel rezoning and also amended the city’s land use plan. The amendment was to change a public and semi-public designation to highway commercial in the city’s land use plan. The rezoning was to change the zoning of the east 90 feet of Lot 2, Block 7, Ross-Mere Addition from R-3, multiple family residential to B-2, neighborhood business district. The property the council rezoned has been used as an accessory vacant lot that is adjacent to the commercial building at 602 Rum River Dr. S. That building is now the site of the Paws Up 4 U business, which is using the previously vacant lot for a dog run for its Doggie Daycare.


Denial of peddler’s permit request

The council denied a request from Kerttu Karon for a city peddlers permit to sell educational books Aug. 26-30. City Administrator Mark Karnowski recommended denial, citing statements from Police Chief Brian Payne regarding a background check.

Denial of church’s request for grant

The council denied the request from Christ Our Light Catholic Church for a wine donation from the city’s off-sale liquor store to use in the church’s annual Fall Fest on Sept. 15.

Council member Thom Walker said that getting a request from a church for a city donation “raises a red flag.” Walker explained after the meeting that city tax money should not be used to fund a church activity.