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Manhattan Beach City Council

Web posted August 5, 2014
By Kate Perkins, Northland Press Correspondent

According to meeting minutes, the Manhattan Beach City Council discussed two planning and zoning matters at it June 3 meeting.

The council approved a home occupation permit application for home occupations that go beyond the city’s ordinances. Home occupations are instances in which businesses are run in residential properties. Home occupations are allowed without a permit so long as the entire business can be run in the home or the home’s garage, the occupation requires no external alteration to the home, the business has no more than two employees not residing in the home and the business meets other ordinance requirements.

Anything beyond those regulations requires a permit, which requires final approval by the city council. The permit would allow for more extensive on-site sales, alteration to the home for the business’s purposes, and allow more employees. Any home occupation that can’t meet the extended standards could require a conditional use permit, depending on zoning.

The council also approved a fee schedule. The home occupation permit fee will be $150, a residential sewer permit is $150 and includes a review and inspection, and a commercial sewer permit is $265, also including review and inspection. All the city’s other fees remain the same.

Minutes show that council member Clyde Brodt asked why an inspection is required. Zoning administrator LouAnn Maschler said, according to minutes, that it’s a way to remove outdated systems, like cess pools and straight-pipe systems. New systems are good for five years, then three years after that.

In other business June 3, the council approved a liquor license for Manhattan Beach Lodge, pending approval of a background check by the Crow Wing County Sheriff.

Manhattan Beach City Council: July
At the Manhattan Beach City Council meeting July 1, council member Clyde Brodt reported that he completed street inspections around the city.

According to meeting minutes, Brodt told the council that Goldenstein Road needs to be trimmed and graded. Clerk/Treasurer Barb Hanson-Wannebo planned to call Wannebo Excavating, which has done work for the city in the past.

Brodt also told the council that Northgate Lane needs to be overlayed. He recommended the city do that work at the same time as blacktopping the city hall parking lot, which it is also under consideration. Brodt planned to ask the City of Fifty Lakes if it planned to overlay its portion of the road. He said he would report to the council at its August meeting.

Brodt did some research and learned that blacktopping the parking lot would cost $8,642.81 if completed in August, or roughly $1,000-$1,500 more thereafter because the hot mix would need to travel farther. Brodt plans to gather more information and report to the council at its August meeting.

The council decided to leave Meyer Lake Road alone for now, minutes say.

In other business July 1, the council:
- Approved gambling at the Manhattan Beach Resort to benefit the Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association.

- Had a visit from Tim Bray, county engineer for the Crow Wing County Highway Department. Bray informed the council of its road improvement plan and answered questions from the council and the public.

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