County Board delays SCCL forebearance decision
The Medford city council met on Nov. 28 to lay out plans for the coming year.
The zoning and planning board is considering implementing a shore-land ordinance. The DNR has released a model of shore-land ordinances.
The board is not proposing an ordinance yet, just informing the council they’ll be looking into one. It currently wouldn’t affect any Medford properties, but it would affect access to the Straight River and land the city might annex in the future.
It would establish public and commercial use standards and standards for homes built around lakes. The board might decide to only use half of the DNR model. They’re currently investigating what sort of ordinance would best fit Medford. As part of their research, they’re sending out letters to homeowners along Straight River, so they can come in at the beginning.
The Park Board requested 2 pickleball nets at a cost $150. There is money in budget to cover it, and the council approved the request. The ice rink probably won’t open for a while, and the board is asking for public donations to buy skates to have on hand to lend.
Public works reported that City Well One, located in the center of the city where the old water tower used to stand, has been assessed. Two different recommendations have been submitted to cap the well instead of repair it. The well serves a multi-aquifer area and might contaminant other water sources.
Well one was only a back-up well if the city water system failed, so other wells would need to be updated to fulfill that role.
The city’s million-dollar pavement project is preparing to move forward. The council moved for a report of the improvements to be assembled, so the project could go ahead. Council member Keith Maas expressed concern that committing to the street project might make the municipal building project impossible. Mayor Lois Nelson insisted the street project was needed.
Reevaluating the municipal building in light of the failed referendum, the council agreed the need for the space still exists, but they needed to address concerns that were brought forward. The election cut short the time the council had to get information out. No building will commence in 2017, but donations will continue to be sought.