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Afton City Council approved a minor subdivision during its April 15 meeting.

The minor subdivision proposal, submitted by Scott Weber, would subdivide a 13-acre existing property on Stagecoach Trail into two separate lots. The first, which would contain the existing residence, would total 7.06 acres and the second lot would total 5.96 acres.

Since a new lot is being created, the applicant must pay the city a park dedication fee.

The city’s ordinance defines a park dedication fee as equal to 7.5 percent of the pre-development property value with a minimum fee of $5,000 and maximum of $10,000.

Weber will pay $10,000.

The subdivision also received recommended approval from Afton Planning Commission during its April 7 meeting.


Road repairs given green light

Afton City Council approved a number of road repair projects during its April 15 meeting.

“There  are a number of substantial road repairs that are more than a pot hole patch,” City Administrator Ron Moorse said.

The repairs, proposed to cost $14,065, will occur on 45th Street, 32nd Street, 59th Street, 30th Street, Trading Post Trail and Odell Avenue.


Sign replacements OK’d

Afton City Council approved its annual road sign replacements during its April 15 meeting.

A total of five signs will be replaced at a cost of $1,954,69.


City grants new intern position

Afton City Council approved a new intern position during its April 15 meeting.

The 30-hour-per-week intern would assist with reorganization of address files, the review and administrative process regarding zoning applications, planning and zoning related projects and follow-up regarding citizen complaints.

The intern will be paid $9 per hour.

The internship may also be extended into to the fall with 20 hours per week.

Seasonal employees added

Afton City Council approved the rehiring of two seasonal employees during its April 15 meeting.

Donald Neitzel and  Walter Rea have been rehired for the summer to assist with public works projects  with salaries of $10.40 per hour and $10.64 per hour, respectively.


Temporary dwelling approved

Afton City Council approved the placement of a temporary dwelling unit during its April 15 meeting.

On April 8, a home at 2696 Stagecoach Trail was completely destroyed to a fire and its residents requested permission to have a manufactured temporary dwelling unit on the property while the home is rebuilt.

Afton’s code allows for temporary dwelling units as long as a building permit is obtained before the temporary dwelling is placed on the property.

Afton City Council waived the building permit requirement given the circumstances.

-Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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