Zoning classifications set for newly-annexed properties

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By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Acting on a recommendation by the city’s planning and zoning commission, the Monona City Council, at its Aug. 6 meeting, approved an ordinance establishing zoning districts for the newly-annexed properties in the southeast part of Monona.

The area includes 13 parcels, which have split into four different zoning classifications.

Per the ordinance, farmland owned by Douglas Baade, Mitchell Wagner (two parcels) and William Wagner will be classified A-1 Agricultural. 

Birdnow Chevrolet will be zoned C-1 Highway Commercial, as will properties owned by Frederick Heins and Ronald Berns. 

M-2 Industrial zoning has been established for D&J Feed Service, Joe’s Auto Body and Hageman Trucking.

Properties owned by Todd Balekos, Bill Grady and Dale Radloff will be R-1 Single Family Residential.

“Most of the zoning mirrors what the county had,” when the properties were outside city limits, said city administrator Dan Canton to the council.

He said the goal is to group “like” properties together, to avoid spot zoning in the area.

South Main Street property

Canton informed the council that, per the Clayton County District Court, the city of Monona is now the owner of the abandoned residential property at 400 S. Main St. He said it’s now up to the council to consider the sale of the property and decide what stipulations it would like to include in a purchase agreement for potential buyers.

“There could be several agreeable outcomes depending on the council’s ultimate goal,” he noted.

The main thing, said mayor Lynn Martinson, will be setting a timeframe that advises the owner on how long he or she has to either tear down or rehab the property.

“I think it needs to be torn down,” said councilman Dan Havlicek, who advocated for not giving any potential owner an option.

Canton said that leaves the question of what could be done with the lot if the property is torn down. At 8,800 square feet, he explained it falls around 1,000 square feet short of being a buildable lot for a home. Neighboring property owners may be interested in it for a garage or other building, though, he said.

Not ready to make a final decision, the council opted to table the issue and form a committee to determine the language that should be included in the purchase agreement. The committee will include Canton, Martinson, Havlicek and councilman Andrew Meyer.

Generator purchase

The council approved the purchase of a standby generator, at a cost of $36,007, for the well number three control panel, located at the water tower site. However, an additional $1,290 could be added to that amount if the city does not receive a variance to move the generator closer to the site.

$10,000 left over from the sewer project will be transferred to the water improvement fund to help pay for the generator.

Truck purchase

The council approved the purchase of a 2019 one-ton Ford pickup truck for the maintenance department at a cost of $27,564. The truck, which Martinson said was budgeted for, will be purchased from Birdnow.

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