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Afton City Council briefs from Dec. 18

Afton gives $500 grant to historic society for historic house preservation

Afton City Council approved a grant of $500 for the Afton Historical Society during its Dec. 18 meeting.

The grant will go toward the historical society researching the history of city-owned property with a unique history.

A portion of the property was built by a free black couple in the 1850s.

The city is trying to preserve the house.

The grant funding will also go toward the historical society putting together the necessary proposals and other grant applications in order to relocate it.

Afton supports Washington County bridge replacement project

Afton City Council approved a resolution during its Dec. 18 meeting approving the plans presented by Washington County for a bridge replacement.

The bridge being replaced is located at Valley Creek Trail and Stagecoach Trail.

The bridge is scheduled to be replaced in the summer of 2013.

The replacement should take between 10 and 12 weeks and will involve road closure during construction, which will result in detours.

The project is scheduled to be completed in September of 2013.

Afton approves simple subdivision

Afton City Council approved a simple subdivision during its Dec. 18 meeting.

Afton residents Jared and Sonja Voland submitted an application to the city requesting that approximately a five-acre portion of their property be split off to be combined with the adjacent property.

The simple subdivision will result in both properties being about 20 acres in size.

The simple subdivision will not result in the creation of an additional lot.

"It's making one lot smaller and one lot bigger," City Administrator Ron Moorse said.

Afton approves lean-to size

Afton City Council approved a maximum size for lean-to type structures during its Dec. 18 meeting.

The discussion of lean-to type structures has been ongoing in the city for the past several months after a question was raised whether or not lean-tos should be factored into the total square footage of an accessory building.

During last Tuesday's meeting, City Council approved a requirement that lean-to structures can be up to 40 percent of the total square footage of an accessory building.

"I think we're trying to encourage this a little bit because it's a nice element to add," City Council Member Bill Palmquist said.

Building permits approved

Afton City Council approved changes to its building code during its Dec. 18 meeting.

City Council approved an ordinance amendment stating a building permit is required for residing and replacement of doors and windows.

A building permit is only required for doors when the door frame is replaced, not when a door is added onto existing hinges.

The amendment was needed in order to align the city's code with the international building code, which the city's building inspector follows.

A building permit costs $110.

As part of the approval, City Council directed staff to review the city's fee schedule for discussion at its January meeting since the permit costs raised concerns for window or door replacement.

"You could spend more on the permit than on the door," City Council Member Randy Nelson said. "It seems a little over-reaching to me."

City Hall door replacement approved

Afton City Council approved a bid from Stanley Access Technologies to replace the City Hall entrance door during its Dec. 18 meeting.

The cost for replacement will not exceed $4,323.

City Council recently received a $4,500 grant through the Community Development Block Grant program for the replacement.

In addition to replacing the entrance door, the handicap accessible door opener will also be replaced.

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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