Kasson May city council approves tax abatement to 1760 Millwork
The Kasson city council opened a public hearing to discuss the proposal of a ten year tax abatement for 1760 Millwork. Community Development Director Mike Martin stated that a proposal to the EDA to rebate 10 years of the city’s portion of property tax as set with the 2016 tax statement to 1760 Millwork to move their business from Rochester to Kasson. Mayor Steve Johnson who is on the EDA said that they had reviewed this at length and recommended that it was a good thing for Kasson. After no comments from the public, the hearing was closed and the council voted unanimously to approve.
Fireman Steve Jurrens came before the council to offer a fire department conference report and to thank the city for allowing the attendance of the 89th FDIC convension.
In the public forum, it was brought forth that one year ago, a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) was granted for Cohen-Esrey to get tax credits to put income based apartments in the old elementary school. Cohen-Esrey has since backed out of the project. There is a clause in the CUP that expressley states that this expires after one year if nothing has happened. Martin stated this will have to go back to the June 13, 2016 planning commission for another public hearing to revoke the CUP and once the planning commission holds this public hearing, they will make a recommendation that will come to the city countil meeting on June 22.
In the report from the administrator, it was brought to light that Public Works Director, Charlie Bradford had an opportunity to inspect a roller for the Streets Department. The piece of equipment has less than 20 hours of use and has another year on the warranty. The roller, priced at $13,500 is also half of what was budgeted. The council approved the purchase of the roller.
In the engineer’s report, City Engineer Brandon Theobold stated that there is a developer that is interested in a fairly major commercial development in the South Bend Commercial Park, south of County Road 13. Martin stated that the successful development of this property will involve considerable public infrastructure. The developer is requesting and the staff is strongly recommending that the South Mantorville Avenue be significantly improved. This would be paid for by existing property owners under a petition and waiver agreements.