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Afton City Council discusses lean-tos

Afton City Council discussed the requirements of a lean-to during its Sept. 19 meeting.

The council was faced with a dilemma earlier this year when a resident requested to include a lean-to element in the design of an accessory building.

However, the size of the accessory building without the lean-to element was at the maximum allowed square footage.

City Council was uncertain how to proceed given that there was no clear policy on whether or not a lean-to should be included in the calculation of the total square footage of an accessory building.

Afton Planning Commission discussed the issue earlier this month.

It came to a split vote.

After some discussion, City Council agreed to take no action in terms of regulating lean-to structures.

However, City Council sought language in the city's ordinance stating that a lean-to structure would not be included in the calculation of the total square footage.

"We're creating a problem where none exists," City Council Member Peg Nolz said. "We're trying to limit stuff where they're already limited the way they should - it hasn't been an issue."

Afton City Council approves road construction payment

Afton City Council approved the payment of $73,450 to Ace Blacktop during its Sept. 18 meeting for its street maintenance project.

The street maintenance project included 15th Street, Oakgreen Avenue and 42nd Street.

Afton moves forward with 50th Street maintenance

Afton City Council is moving forward with a road maintenance project on 50th Street.

City Council approved a project bid of $74,715 for Ace Blacktop and Tri County during its Sept. 18 meeting.

Food shelf fundraiser coming to Afton

Afton City Council approved a noise ordinance waiver for Jon and Elizabeth Kroschel, who live at 15106 50th Street South, during its Sept. 18 meeting.

The noise enforcement waiver is for a fundraiser, which will take place on Oct. 6 and will benefit the local food shelf and include a live band outdoors until 11 p.m.

Speed advisory sign coming to 50th Street

Afton City Council approved the installation of a speed advisory sign on 50th Street, near Odell Avenue, during its Sept. 18 meeting.

Afton's City Engineer Diane Hankee will determine the proper speed advisory for the sign based on the steepness of the hill.

Afton approves tree removal

Afton City Council approved the removal of dead trees at Steamboat Park during its Sept. 18 meeting.

The cost for tree removal, and stump removal, will not exceed a cost of $1,400.

New Parks Committee member appointed

Afton City Council appointed Steve Dorgan to the Parks Committee during its Sept. 18 meeting.

Dorgan will fill a vacancy left by Bonnie Blackley.

Afton recognizes Constitution Week

Afton City Council recognized Constitution Week during last week's meeting.

City Council approved a resolution on Sept. 18 declaring last week, Sept. 17-23, as Constitution Week in recognition of the signing of the American Constitution.

-Amber Kispert-Smith