By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
Several requests to rezone parcels within the city limits of Randall were discussed Wednesday. The first concerned the now-vacant hardware store on the south end of town.
The unnamed potential purchaser of the property said he planned to remodel the building, creating apartments. To do that, he requested to have the parcel which the building sits on rezoned to residential from commercial. The buyer also asked that an adjoining five acres also be rezoned from commercial to residential.
“This person would like to know if the city would allow the rezoning before he makes the purchase,” said City Manager Jerry Peterschick.
The Council voted to table the issue. Each member felt that if the city sells the properties and allows them to be rezoned, the city would be out of luck for attracting more businesses to town. The city’s industrial park is the last area in town for commercial properties.
In a request from the Planning and Zoning Commission, Hinton Properties LLC asked to have 3.84 acres of land on Highway 10 next to the trailer park rezoned from residential to commercial. The property, not buildable, is in the Little Elk River bottoms.
The Planning and Zoning Commission would like to know to what purpose Hinton Properties wants to rezone the property, as nothing was stated on the application.
“The Council needs to follow the Rule of 60,” said Peterschick. “The Council needs to either vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ within 60 days of the dated permit or it will automatically go into effect.”
But, Peterschick added that if the Council or the Planning and Zoning Commission requests a reason for the rezoning, another 60 days starts when another permit is issued.
The Council voted to deny Hinton Properties a permit for lack of information.
In a final zoning issue, Councilman Jerry Carter told the Council he did have concerns with the commercial buildings on Pacific Avenue. He wanted to know if the Council would be interested in making downtown completely commercial, grandfathering in the current residents who live on the street.
“I don’t want to see more residents in downtown,” Carter said. He has heard that some of the vacant businesses are being looked at for homes and/or rental properties.
“All the businesses are zoned commercial now,” said Peterschick.
Councilman Jerry Adam-ski said those issues could be dealt with as they come up.
Randall City Council briefs
Other business conducted by the Randall City Council Wednesday night included:
• Voting to donate $150 toward “The City of Veterans Memorials” signs to be placed beneath the two current Randall signs on Highway 10. Including Randall’s donation, $340 has been raised towards the $520 cost;
• Learning the city’s Local Government Aid for 2013 would increase by $1,259 to $125,534;
• Tabling a request from the Initiative Foundation for a $450 donation;
• Learning the council members should begin thinking about Randall’s 2013 levy as it needs to be set at the September meeting;
• Agreeing to hold funds from the Randall’s Harvest Fest bike ride Oct. 27. The funds will be used to purchase a bike rack for the city; and
• Tabling a request for a pumpkin patch at Veterans Park during Harvest Fest. The Council is requesting more information.
The next City Council meeting will be held at the Randall Fire Hall Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m.