Herald JournalHerald Journal, Jan. 20, 2003

New Germany struggles with Adams Ave. ownership

By Dave Cox

Confusion over ownership of Adams Avenue in New Germany delayed action on a resolution for a simple subdivision requested by Nowell Freeman during the council meeting Wednesday.

The council received no clear recommendation from the planning commission, and determined that there were "too many questions" surrounding the proposal.

Other issues included a water drainage ditch and access to adjoining properties. The resolution was tabled at Wednesday's meeting pending further research.

The council approved a motion to accept two new members to the city's medical reserve team. Council member Steven Van Lith stated that Kathy Ruschmeier and City Clerk Shelly Quaas had expressed preliminary interest in becoming members.

Ruschmeier had not been contacted for confirmation at the time of the meeting, but because the training is scheduled to start prior to the next meeting, the council passed a motion to approve both candidates subject to their accepting the positions.

Van Lith noted that the city has "22 guys available nights and weekends," but that it is more difficult to find people who were available to respond to medical calls during the day.

Van Lith observed that Quaas works in town most weekdays, which would be an advantage. The applicants will participate in a five-week training program in Waconia.

Paul Engelhart reported that the planning commission had set goals for 2003 and recommended that the council do the same.

Engelhart said that the planning commission goals are to help the Black Forest Estates and Lowell Latzig developments move forward, find space in the city for commercial/industrial development, and complete a water management plan required by the Metropolitan Council.

In other matters, the council:

· moved the Tuesday, Feb. 4 council meeting to Wednesday, Feb. 5.

· heard a report from Quaas that the New Germany spring cleanup day will be Saturday, May 3, and the fall cleanup day will be Saturday, Sept. 13.

· passed the motion to approve the revised water and sewer rate ordinance.

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