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Stacy Thompson, right, receives her membership pin for the Hanover Fire Department. Since family support is an important part of the service of volunteer firefighters, Thompson was pinned by her father, Charlie Thompson, left, an Anoka-Champlin Fire Chief. Stacy Thompson recently completed a year of probation and the required training. The department is still seeking more firefighters, if interested call City Hall at 497-3777. (Photo by Doug Voerding)

The Hanover City Council approved a low interest loan request for a proposed new restaurant.

The council also changed summer City Hall hours.

BIG BORE

Applicant Chad Brink requested approval of a low interest loan for Big Bore Barbecue Company (different spelling than Big Boar BBQ in LaCrosse, Wisconsin) for the purpose of purchasing an existing property and to remodel the building into a barbecue style family restaurant.

“(Brink) is working through the process to purchase the bar and grill properties (from Chop’s Bar and Grill) and applied for our Economic Development Authority (EDA) for $7,500 in grant and $92,000 dollars in low interest loans,” City Administrator Brian Hagen said. “That money will go towards the purchase of property and renovation of the structure.”

He said Big Bore would still maintain a bar, “but not necessarily a bar first atmosphere.”

Instead, the business hours will start with limited lunch hours Fridays through Sundays, but will mostly be open later afternoons through evenings.

“There’s some legal paper work that needs to be done, it’s not official yet,” he said of plans for the restaurant. “He has a number of things working to come to a close for overall project to take off but it’s looking good at this point.”

Hagen anticipates a late June remodeling start, with plans to open in fall.

He noted that Chop’s has been at its site on the west side of County Rd. 19 for about 11 years and will remain open until the deal is closed.

CITY HALL HOURS

In further matters, continuing discussion from the previous council meeting, the council considered staff’s request to change the city hall hours of operation.

The current hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday. These hours have been in place for about the past six hours.

The new hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Hours are effective through Labor Day, when the council will revisit how it goes.

WETLAND SETBACK

Capping years and years of planning, the council took action that will result in the final build out of Crow River Heights.

The Heights was first pre-platted in 1999 before the city had wetland setbacks (requiring properties to be certain defined distances from wetlands).

The final Heights plat was eventually allowed to develop under the old, non-setback regulations, with a sunset date. Then the Great Recession hit in the late 2000’s and the city was left with bank-owned lots.

“A number of those lots were adjacent to wetlands, and now had to meet current ordinances, like 30 foot setback from wetlands,” City Administrator Hagen said. “With this variance approval, 500 and 520 Kadler Avenue will be combined, a house will be constructed, and the pre-recession final plat will have been built out, and end to a long process.”

Most of the house will meet the 30 feet setback except for less than a foot from part of the house. The driveway will also have a variance, since it couldn’t possibly allow access outside the 30-foot mark.

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