Other zoning ordinance changes
Chickens will now be allowed in residential districts in Stearns County. The Board of Commissioners Tuesday, April 23, voted to change the County’s Land Use and Zoning Ordinance to allow for chickens in R-1 and R-5 districts.
Nora Rohrbeck has been appointed pool manager in Watkins. Jacob Forcier and Natalie Stein are to be assistant managers. They will have their hands full in the days and weeks to come: sign-ups for summer swimming lessons are coming up, but first the pool must be emptied and prepared for the season. Once the snow and ice is out of the pool, Rohrbeck and new City Works Director Steve Geislinger will assess what repairs need to be made to the pool before it can be filled for the season. Sign-up for lessons will be May 4 at the Watkins Village Hall.
After a few years’ absence, the city decided to hold a clean-up day this year. It will be from 8-11 a.m., but a date has not yet been set (needs to be coordinated with West Central Sanitation).
Doug Host and Sarah Utsch of CliftonLarsonAllen, the city’s accounting firm, presented the 2012 city audit with “no findings to report.” The only deficiency necessary to report to the state is one common for all small cities and school boards: lack of segregation of duties when it comes to financial transactions; there are too few employees to provide the usual checks and balances available in larger towns.
The city closed on a $3.537 million loan in March; this was the selling of the bond for last year’s water/sewer/street work, sold to Harvest Bank in Kimball. A punch list has been prepared for the contractor to finish street and alley projects this spring.
A bill to rename part of State Highway 23 to honor fallen Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker passed both the House and the Senate Thursday, April 11.
Sen. Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville, and Rep. Jeff Howe, R-Rockville, introduced the legislation (SF 76/HF 146).
Construction is set to begin, and a groundbreaking is planned, for Stearns County’s most recently acquired park – Rockville County Park & Nature Preserve. A groundbreaking is set to take place at
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23.
Rockville County Park, located along Glacier Road in Rockville, was established in late 2006 and early 2007 through the acquisition of three major parcels of property. The largest parcel was donated by John and Linda Peck. The park contains 284 acres, sits on the edge of Rockville’s Eagle Park and has its own active eagle nest, and lies along both sides of the Sauk River. It has approximately 1.2 miles of river frontage.