The Corcoran City Council on May 23, approved final documents for the 11th addition of the Ravinia single family housing development, bringing the total number of platted lots to 361.
At the meeting, the City Council also took up other business. Here are meeting highlights.
RAVINIA 11TH ADDITION
Developer Lennar proposes to build the Ravinia 11th addition on the 5.24-acre Nichols property at 6351 County Road 101 N., at the south-east corner of the subdivision. The final plat for the 11th addition shows 14 single-family detached home lots and four outlots. City Council approval of the final plat brought the total number of platted lots to 361 – 75 percent of the 480 approved lots for the entire subdivision.
The planned unit development for the 11th addition allows 55 and 65 foot wide lots. Homes on 65 foot lots must be Landmark style homes with garages flush with the home. Discovery style homes with two-car garages are permitted on the 55 foot lots.
Corcoran resident Greg Hoglund said the City Council should discuss why “subpar” 55 foot wide lots should be allowed at the gate-way to Corcoran. He added that County Road 101 clearly will be Corcoran’s busiest road, with housing subdivisions and a HyVee store being built in neighboring cities.
Hoglund said he owns three properties south of Ravinia 11th addition. He expressed concern about potential stormwater run-off and soil erosion onto his property. He had not heard much discussion about this issue during approvals of previous Ravinia phases. Run-off and erosion have affected his property on Hackamore Road. If the 11th addition creates problems on his property to the south, his first call would be to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
2018 AUDIT REPORT
Turning to financial matters, the City Council accepted the audit report of Corcoran’s 2018 finances, submitted by Justin Nilson, of Abdo Eick and Meyers certified public accountants.
Nilson said Abdo gave Corcoran an unmodified opinion, the best possible opinion of the city’s finances.
The report delved into Corcoran’s revenues and expenditures over the past several years. Nilson said property taxes fund 40.49 percent of Corcoran’s General Fund budget, which pays for the city’s operating expenses. Capital and operating grants and contributions fund 50 percent of the budget.
Public Safety accounts for the largest portion of General Fund expenses, followed by public works and general government.
He noted that Corcoran has a policy of having a year end General Fund balance providing enough money to pay for 35 percent of city operating expenses for the following year. This financial cushion enables the city to pay its bills while waiting to receive city property taxes in late spring of the following year. At the end of 2018, Corcoran had an unassigned General Fund balance of 38 percent. The city’s year-end balance has been increasing since 2014, when it was 30.1 percent of operating expenses. Bond rating agencies have noticed and have upgraded Corcoran’s bond rating.
Nilson also discussed the city’s debt service, water, sewer and storm water funds.
CODE ENFORCEMENT APPEAL
Turning to the subject of enforcement of city codes, the City Council heard the appeal of David Schodde of the city’s finding of multiple nuisance violations on his property at 9605 County Road 101.
City Administrative Services Coordinator Jessica Beise said Corcoran code enforcement officials found inoperable vehicles stored in Schodde’s front yard and garbage and refuse stored out in the open. They mailed Schodde a violation notice and abatement order on May 1.
Schodde disputed the finding that garbage and refuse were “laying about.” He could move operable box trucks to the back yard, and the boat shown in a picture in the report was being sold. He was concerned about the June 5 deadline to abate the nuisance and asked the City Council to “reset the clock.” He handed City Councilors copies of his proposal for resolving issues.
Beise said the City Council’s job was to determine whether or not the nuisance ordinance was violated. If so, the council should deny the appeal. The council found that a violation had occurred and denied the appeal.
Mayor Ron Thomas said to Schodde, “My sense is that you’re willing to work with staff. We want to see a willingness to resolve the problem. I don’t expect you to be done by June 5.”
He passed Schodde’s proposal to City Administrator Brad Martens and said city staff would determine what enforcement procedures would happen next, including potential litigation.
Martens said to Schodde, “We will look at it (the proposal). Don’t worry about June 5.”
They City Council also:
RECOGNIZED Corcoran Police Lt. Ryan Burns for 25 years of service to the city.
REVIEWED a sketch plan for property owned by the Diann C. Strehler Trust located at 22505 Strehler Road. The plan shows subdivision of the 118.25 acre property into 78.64 acre lot and a 36.59 acre lot. The council waived the requirements of a topographical survey and wetland delineation for the site because it is not being developed at this time.
APPROVED a resolution sponsoring the Northwest Trails Association in its request for funding from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The funds would be used for establishing a public snowmobile trail in Corcoran as part of its public recreation program.