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New Germany ordinance: zoning amendments

ORDINANCE NO. 116
(Zoning Ordinance Amendments)
CITY OF NEW GERMANY
CARVER COUNTY, MINNESOTA
August 4, 2020
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 154.011 PERTAINING TO DEFINITIONS, SECTION 154.082(F) PERTAINING TO ACCESSORARY BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES, AND ADDING NEW SECTIONS 154.092(G) AND 154.092(H) PERTAINING TO ACCESSORY BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES OF THE NEW GERMANY CITY CODE.
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW GERMANY, CARVER COUNTY, MINNESOTA, ORDAINS:
Section 1.  The definitions of Solar Electric System, the Solar Electric System, Retail, and the Solar Electric System, Wholesale, of Section 154.011 (Definitions) of the City Code of the City of New Germany are amended to read as follows:
SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM.  A device or set of devices whose primary purpose is to collect and convert or transfer solar energy into another form of energy.
SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM, RETAIL.  A solar energy system established for the primary purpose of meeting all or part of the energy needs of the host building, whether residential, commercial, industrial, or agricultural.
SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEM, WHOLESALE.  A solar energy system established for the primary purpose of generating and selling the converted or transferred energy directly to a third party.
Section 2.  Section 154.082(F) of the City Code of the City of New Germany pertaining to accessory buildings and structures is amended to read as follows:
(F)  Structures utilizing pole style construction methods shall have concrete floors.
Section 3.  Section 154.082 of the City Code of the City of New Germany pertaining to accessory buildings and structures is amended by adding a new subdivision (G) to read as follows:
(G)  Shipping containers, storage containers, fabric/poly/plastic covered structures, and hoop framed structures shall not be used as permanent accessory structures.
Section 4.  Section 154.082 of the City Code of the City of New Germany pertaining to accessory buildings and structures is amended by adding new subdivision (H) to read as follows:
(H)  Siding and roof covering materials for accessory structures that are regulated by the Minnesota State Building Code be of the same style siding and roofing materials as the principle building.
Section 5.  Section 154.092 of the City Code of the City of New Germany pertaining to Solar Electric Systems is amended in its entirety to read as follows:
§ 154.092 SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS.
(A)    Solar energy systems require an interim use permit in all zoning districts.
(B)    Wholesale solar energy systems shall be limited to the I – Industrial District.
(C)    Retail solar energy systems in the R-1 – Single-Family Residential District and R-2 – Multiple Family Residential District shall be limited to rooftop systems.  Rooftop solar energy systems shall be installed in accordance with the MN State Building code and shall not occupy more than 75% of the area of the roof plane it is affixed to.
(1)    Rooftop solar energy systems mounted on roofs with slopes greater than two units vertical in 12 units horizontal shall be mounted parallel to the plane of the roof, shall not extend more than one foot above the plane of the roof, and shall not be located any closer than three feet from any side or bottom edge of the roof.
(2)    Rooftop solar energy systems mounted on roofs with slopes of two units vertical in 12 units horizontal shall not project more than four feet above the plane of the roof and there shall be a minimum 6-foot-wide clear perimeter around the edges of the roof.
(D)    Retail solar energy systems located in the A – Agricultural District, B – Business/Commercial District and I – Industrial District may include rooftop systems and ground mounted systems and shall be installed in accordance with the MN State Building Code.
(1)    Rooftop solar energy systems mounted on roofs with slopes greater than two units vertical in 12 units horizontal shall be mounted parallel to the plane of the roof, shall not extend more than one foot above the plane of the roof, and shall not be located any closer than three feet from any side or bottom edge of the roof.
(2)    Rooftop solar energy systems mounted on roofs with slopes of two units vertical in 12 units horizontal shall not project more than four feet above the plane of the roof and there shall be a minimum 6-foot-wide clear perimeter around the edges of the roof.
(3)    Ground mounted solar energy systems shall not exceed 15 feet in height, shall not be located in any front yard area, shall not be located closer than 15 feet to a side or rear yard, and shall not be located closer than 100 feet to an existing adjacent residence.  Ground mounted solar energy systems shall not exceed 10% lot coverage of 10,000 square feet, whichever is less.  The square footage of the ground mounted solar electric system is calculated by the area encumbered by the outermost measurements of the solar equipment layout.
(E)    Wholesale solar energy systems shall be set back a minimum of 50 feet from roadways and a minimum of 50 feet from all property lines.  The maximum height of wholesale solar energy system equipment, structures and accessory appurtenances shall not exceed 15 feet.  Wholesale energy systems shall be enclosed in accordance with Subdivision (N) of this section.
(F)    Wholesale solar energy systems shall not be lighted, except for shrouded, downcast security lights on major equipment or storage buildings.  Signage shall be limited to equipment labeling, security warnings and messages, entrance identification and directional signs and a single site identification sign.  No individual sign shall exceed 36 square feet in area or extend more than 15 feet in height.
(G)    No solar energy equipment or solar energy systems shall create or cause unreasonable glare on other property or public roadways.  Unreasonable glare shall mean a public safety hazard as determined by the Board of Supervisors or the appropriate roadway authority.
(H)    No solar energy system shall create or constitute a public nuisance, as regulated in this chapter.
(I)    Electric power lines within all ground mounted solar energy systems shall be buried underground.
(J)    All solar energy systems, supporting structures or other buildings shall be consistent with applicable State Building Codes, State Electrical Codes, State Fire Codes and State Plumbing Codes.
(K)    All applicable solar energy equipment shall be certified by either the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Canadian Electrical Code (CSA 22.1) or the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) for thermal systems.
(L)    All solar energy systems unused, abandoned or inoperable for more than 12 months shall be removed by the system owner or the property owner.  The property shall be returned to a condition comparable to that prior to the installation of the solar energy system.
(M)    In addition to the site plan review application submittal requirements, solar energy system applications shall include the following details:
(1)    Grading plan;
(2)    Location of access roads;
(3)    Locations of overhead and underground electric lines;
(4)    Dimensions, location and spacing of PV panels;
(5)    Description of the racking method, including fixed or tracking technology;
(6)    Description and location of buildings, inverters, transformers, disconnects and combiners and other structures and equipment;
(7)    Typical elevations or photos of sample solar arrays;
(8)    Site lighting and signage;
(9)    Decommissioning plan and site restoration plan, including financial assurances; and
(10)    Fire Department access.
(N)    Fencing (a minimum of six-foot in height), landscaping, and other approved screening shall be required for any ground mounted solar energy systems.  Such fencing, landscaping and other approved screening shall provide visual impairment of the solar energy system from adjoining properties and roadways.  Other screening methods shall be determined approved or not approved during the application process.  Deviations from dimensional standards (including setbacks) may be considered through public hearing procedures for permitting, based upon mitigation of off-site impacts through fencing, landscaping, screening or other mitigation measures.
(O)    All ground mounted solar energy systems shall prepare a storm water management plan consistent with the county’s Watershed Management Organization requirements.  Any site grading shall be accompanied by an erosion and sedimentation control plan consistent with best management practices for control components.
(P)    All permit applications for ground-mounted solar energy systems shall include a description of the vegetation or material under the solar system components and the method of ground care and vegetative maintenance.
This Ordinance shall be in full force effective upon its adoption and publication according to the law.
Passed and adopted by the City Council of the City of New Germany this 4th day of August, 2020.
Steve VanLith, Mayor
ATTEST: Twyla Menth, Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal on Aug. 14, 2020.

New Germany ordinance: amending miscellaneous sections of city code

ORDINANCE NO. 115
(Amending Miscellaneous Sections of
New Germany City Code)
CITY OF NEW GERMANY
CARVER COUNTY, MINNESOTA
August 4, 2020
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING MISCELLANEOUS SECTIONS OF THE NEW GERMANY CITY CODE; SECTION 50.01 PERTAINING TO GARBAGE AND RECYCLING, SECTION 51.02(I) PERTAINING TO PROHIBITED WASTE, SECTION 91.02 PERTAINING TO UNSAFE BUILDINGS, SECTION 91.03 PERTAINING TO INSPECTIONS, SECTION 92.03 PERTAINING TO PUBLIC NUISANCES, AND SECTION 92.20 PERTAINING TO ABANDONED, DISABLED OR UNLICENSED VEHICLES.
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW GERMANY, CARVER COUNTY, MINNESOTA, ORDAINS:
Section 50.01 of the New Germany City Code is amended to read as follows:
Residents shall use the City’s contracted garbage hauler for garbage and recycling pick up.  Garbage and recycling pick up is mandatory within the city limits.  Commercial use businesses are exempt from using City’s contracted garbage hauler.
Section 51.02(I) of the New Germany City Code is amended to read as follows:
Prior to change of ownership of any building(s) within the city, the seller shall have the building(s) certified for compliance with this section prior to the closing of the sale or transfer.  It is the responsibility of the seller or seller’s agent to notify the city of a proposed change of ownership.  Any building(s) that has not been certified as compliant shall be assumed to be non-compliant with this section.  If a property is found to be non-compliant after a property is transferred, the city shall enforce this section according to the provisions in subdivisions (F) and (G) above, unless it has been demonstrated that an escrow for the completion of the repair has been established as a condition of the Purchase Agreement.
Section 91.02 of the New Germany City Code is amended to read as follows:
A building or structure or part thereof declared structurally unsafe or hazardous by an authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) may be restored to safe condition; provided that, if the damage or cost of restoration and re-construction is in excess of 50% of the value of the building or structure, the building or structure, if re-constructed or restored, shall be made to conform to the requirements for building and structures contained in this Code.
Section 91.03 of the New Germany City Code is amended to read as follows:
(A)    It shall be the duty of the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) to inspect or cause to be inspected, not less than four times a year, all buildings and premises, except the interiors of private dwellings, for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected any conditions liable to cause fine.
(B)    Whenever the (AHJ) shall find in any building or upon any premises or other place, combustible or explosive matter or dangerous accumulation of rubbish, or any highly flammable materials, and so situated as to endanger property, he or she shall order the same to be removed or remedied.
Section 92.03(Q) of the New Germany City Code is amended to read as follows:
(Q)      Shipping containers, storage containers, temporary structures, and the storage of boats, campers, trailers, and other recreational related items shall not remain in one area for more than 180 days.  Items that are required to be licensed shall be currently licensed and shall be parked on an impervious, concrete or asphalt surface.
Section 92.20(C)(1)(d) of the New Germany City Code is amended to read as follows:
The vehicle shall be parked on an impervious, concrete or asphalt surface.
This Ordinance shall be in full force effective upon its adoption and publication according to the law.
Passed and adopted by the City Council of the City of New Germany this 4th day of August, 2020.
Steve VanLith, Mayor
ATTEST: Twyla Menth, Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal, Aug. 14, 2020.

HLWW, LP, DC, other area superintendents react to Walz plan, discuss school year ahead

Yesterday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced state guidelines for schools for the upcoming school year.
Walz and his staff released the Safe Learning plan, which allows district administration to choose which of three learning models with which they will start the school year.
Those models are in-person learning, distance learning, or a hybrid model of the two.
Families of school age children, teachers, school staff, bus drivers, and everyone else impacted by the school calendar are now awaiting news from their respective districts about which model will be followed.
Area superintendents answered questions about the issue yesterday after Walz’s announcement.
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW)
Superintendent Brad Sellner said an email went out to all district families at approximately 8 p.m. yesterday evening.
“HLWW Public Schools will be working with county health officials over the next several days and weeks to evaluate the current data in our area, as well as reviewing other important information and guidance, in order to make the best decision for opening our schools,” Sellner said.
The email sent to families reminded them variables are constantly changing, and that district staff appreciates everyone’s patience.
Sellner said his district’s school board will meet Monday, Aug. 10 to review final plans for each of the three learning models.
He said he hopes to share the final plan with families after that meeting, and said the plan will include details about all three learning scenarios; COVID-19 program coordinator; social distancing and minimizing exposure; food service/cafeteria; school aged care (SAC); face coverings; protecting vulnerable populations; hygiene practices; cleaning and materials handling; monitoring and excluding for illness; handling suspected/confirmed positive cases of COVID-19; water and ventilation systems; transportation; support of mental health and wellness; technology/internet access; classrooms; office spaces; communications/contact information; special education/504 plans; use of facilities for non-school activities; activities and athletics; attendance; grading; media Centers and libraries; assessment and learning loss; physical education and music classes; future guidance; and appendices – forms and MDH/CDC guidance.
Sellner said he knows families around the state may be looking at open enrollment options, but thinks that might not matter much in the current education climate.
“Open-enrollment is always an issue, but if every public school is held to the guidance and working with their department of health, there may not be a whole lot of difference between what HLWW is doing and the other schools around us are doing, so I don’t know what open-enrolling to another district is going to provide for a student other than if there is a special program that another district has,” he said.
Lester Prairie
Superintendent Melissa Radeke said her district has been working all summer to prepare for the three different learning scenarios.
The district has purchased Chrometablets for kindergartners and first graders; and ChromeBooks for students in grades two through twelve, so that the district will have better tools to provide instruction in all three scenarios.
“School districts will determine their Safe Learning model by monitoring county level data related to COVID-19, and working with their Regional Service Cooperative to consider the localized situation,” Radeke said. “The county level data will include 14-day case rates per 10,000 people.”
Lester Prairie has also implemented a Reintegration Advisory Committee. Members include teachers, paraprofessionals, the school secretary, the counselor, the nurse, the dean/athletic director, and administration, who are working on a preparedness plan for safely returning to learning in each of the learning models. That team will continue to meet regularly.
The Lester Prairie School Board will approve the preparedness plan at its August meeting.
Radeke said she intends to send information to district families later next week, and noted she appreciates their patience and understanding. “The safety of our learning community remains our top priority,” she said.
Dassel-Cokato (DC)
Superintendent Jeff Powers said the Dassel-Cokato district has been working all summer to prepare learning models for in-person learning, distance learning, and hybrid learning.
Administration and faculty have three separate plans, and are ready to communicate those plans soon.
The DC district does have a virtual learning option for students who are prevented from being able to join classes in-person this year.
Holy Trinity – Winsted
Father Matt Wiering said Holy Trinity, along with other Catholic schools in the Diocese of New Ulm, have every intention of opening for school at the normal time, in person and every day.
“Dean of Students Wes Kapping is leading a committee to determine what the safety protocols will be for the school year,” Wiering said. “This is definitely a work-in-progress, and we have not nailed down concrete specifics at this point.”
He said Holy Trinity will be applying the recommendations established by the Diocese of New Ulm, and the other Catholic dioceses of Minnesota. “We will be publicly announcing these plans by the middle of August,” he said.
Mayer Lutheran
Executive Director Joel Landskroener said his school has already announced that it will open Wed., August 26.
“Our Board of Directors, as early as the June 8 meeting, decided that we would open for regular on-campus school August 26 as planned,” he said. “Since that time, our leadership team has developed plans and protocols in consultation with the Carver County Department of Health, and the recommendations from the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.”
Distance learning will be an option for Mayer Lutheran students. “Our teachers will live-stream their classes in case a student is unable to attend school,” Landskroener said, “Those classes will also be recorded if the child is too ill to watch them live. We have the equipment to make it happen,” he said.
St. James Lutheran – Howard Lake
Pastor Mark Loder said St. James has already communicated with its families that school will open as normal Tuesday, Sept. 8.
He said families could expect communication about specific protocols and a COVID-19 preparedness plan as early as today, Friday, July 31.
“Our school board has already done the discussion necessary to move forward,” Loder said. “The teachers are prepared to offer distance education as needed during the year.
“We are not, at this point, anticipating having a all school closure. If a student or staff member becomes ill, we have a plan in place to ensure sanitization, so that we can continue to provide the in-person education our students need,” he said.
Delano
Matthew Schoen, superintendent of Delano Public Schools, said his district’s school board will discuss the governor’s guidance at its Monday, Aug. 3 meeting.
Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL)
GLC Superintendent Christopher Sonju said his district will communicate plans for the upcoming school year to families as quickly as possible following Walz’s announcement.
“We have a communication system in place that we’ve been using to help communicate with our families . . . we use this all the time. We are here to serve our families and students and will continue to do so.
No comments
The following school districts were contacted for comment but had not responded by mid-morning Friday, July 31: Watertown-Mayer; Waconia; Litchfield; and Annandale.
More information
For information about the State of Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, visit: https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/safe-learning-plan/overview.jsp.
Watch Herald Journal, Delano Herald Journal and Enterprise Dispatch newspapers and websites for up-to-date information.

County Highway 100 in Cokato Township will be closed beginning Monday, Aug. 3 for road repairs

WRIGHT COUNTY – The Wright County Highway Department has announced that County Highway 100 in Cokato Township will be closed from Monday, Aug. 3 through Thursday, Aug. 13 for soil correction work being performed by the Highway Department Maintenance Division.

Starting at approximately 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, work will begin to do soil corrections at four locations to take out winter/spring bumps created on the road surface at each location. The impacted areas being repaired start approximately a half-mile north of Dassel-Cokato High School. A detour will not be posted, so drivers are being asked to use alternate routes. The closure is expected to end at approximately 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13.

For those with questions or comments regarding the project, please contact Wright County Highway Department Maintenance Supervisor Steve Meyer at steve.meyer@co.wright.mn.us or call 763- 682-7374 during regular business hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.”

 

Funeral notice: Darleen A. Pawelk, age 89, of New Germany

Darleen A. Pawelk, age 89, of New Germany, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.  Funeral service will take place Friday, July 24 at 3 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia with interment at Crow River Cemetery in New Germany.  Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday, July 24 from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

New Germany hearing on accessory buildings, solar energy systems

NOTICE OF HEARING ON PROPOSED
AMENDMENTS TO ZONING CHAPTER 154
OF THE CITY CODE OF THE CITY
OF NEW GERMANY
CITY OF NEW GERMANY
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a hearing will be held by the City Council of the City of New Germany on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at the New Germany City Hall located at 300 Broadway Street East, New Germany, Minnesota.  The purpose of the hearing is to consider certain amendments to Sections 154.011, 154.082 and 154.092 of Chapter 154 (Zoning Ordinance) of the City of New Germany City Code pertaining to Definitions, Accessory Buildings and Structures, and Solar Energy Systems.  Details of the proposed amendments are available for review at the New Germany City Hall during normal business hours.
All persons desiring to be heard with reference to the proposed zoning amendments will be heard at this meeting.
Twyla Menth, City Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal, July 17, 2020.