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Mayor Breaks Tie to Name New P&Z Commissioner

Web posted June 11, 2019
By Bill Monroe, Northland Press Correspondent

Manhattan Beach Mayor Paul Allen had to cast the deciding vote to break a two-two tie when the Manhattan Beach City Council was filling a vacancy on the city’s planning and zoning commission during the city council’s regular monthly meeting held Tuesday, June 4. In addition to Allen others attending included council members Janis Allen, Betty Worts, Barb Hanson-Wannebo and City Clerk and Treasurer Amy Wannebo.

In January, Kevin Larson, who had lost in a tie election for mayor, told the council that he would be interested in serving on the planning and zoning commission should there be an opening in the future. The council’s June agenda included naming a new commissioner to replace the recently deceased Tom Yurek.

When the topic came up for discussion, Mayor Allen announced that Dale Dean, a resident of Good Thunder, MN, who lives in the Manhattan Beach Villas during the summers, had e-mailed his application for the position the previous evening.

During discussion, Council member Worts said she would prefer to name a full-time resident to the position since planning and zoning enforcement issues come up twelve months of the year. Councilmember Janis Allen said that the zoning administrator handles most of the enforcement issues. She also said that during the town meeting that Larson helped to organize to discuss the city’s future, seasonal residents expressed a desire to become more involved with the city. She noted that they cannot be elected to any position, but they can be appointed. Worts said Larson was the first to “step up to the plate” in January and ask to be considered and that the council should give him the nod.

Janis Allen then nominated Dean to the position. She and Hanson-Wannebo voted yes and Worts and Amy Wannebo voted no, setting up the tie breaker vote cast by Mayor Allen who voted for Dean.

Other Business
In other business, the council:
• Voted to have Stonemark Land Surveying stake the right of way on Satchell Road;

• Voted to pay Hanson Property Services $100 to remove Minimum Maintenance signs from Meyer Lake Road;

• Voted to ask the city attorney to begin the process to contact property owners on the south side of Meyer Lake Road to obtain easements from them;

• Voted to have Hanson Property Services mow the city hall lawn every other week for $50 and

• Approved the renewal of the Manhattan Beach Lodge liquor license.

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