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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The Afton City Council has found itself once again with the topic of the Cedar Bluff Development on their plates. The City Council discussed the development at a work session on Nov. 3. Developer Len Pratt came to the city to request an extension for the completion of phase one of the project. Phase one of the project, which would include roads and a model home, was to be completed by Dec. 21 2010.
After months of discussions and work, the 2008 Afton Comprehensive Plan is finally off to the Metropolitan Council - again - for determination of completeness and review. The Afton City Council directed the comp plan be sent off during a special meeting on Nov. 3.
Could the city of Afton's 2008 Comprehensive Growth Plan be completed before 2011? Only time will tell. The City Council received an update on the progress of the comp plan during its Oct. 19 meeting. The comp plan, which was submitted last spring to the Metropolitan Council, was returned to the city after several sections of the plan were missing. Over the past several months, the 2008 Comprehensive Plan has hit many roadblocks because of the city's damaged relationship with its former city planner Chuck Marohn.
Everyone knows that mistakes can happen. No matter how careful you are errors can still make their way through -- even at large companies. Logan Carstensen's seventh grade science class at Lake Middle School recently wrapped up a project where students identified errors in the usage of the metric system on various products. "The assignment is to go out, look at consumer packaging and find incorrect usage of the metric system, he said. " There are plenty of errors out there." All seventh grade classes at Lake Middle School did the same project.
Afton City Council members appear to have reached a consensus on a proposed conservation design ordinance. The City Council discussed the ordinance during an Oct. 19 meeting The idea of adopting a conservation design ordinance developed out of the city's 2008 Comprehensive Plan. The city is looking at a model which will allow for four dwellings for every 40 acres. However, each property would only receive 2 1/2 acres for development and the remaining 30 acres would be put into a conservation easement with the Minnesota Land Trust.
The Afton City Council had a brief discussion over the proposed updated park dedication ordinance during its Oct. 19 meeting. During the discussions, Afton City Council members discussed possible revisions with Afton Planning Commission chair Barb Ronningen during her Planning Commission report.
After the Nov. 2 election, there will a few new faces seated on the District 622 School Board. Six candidates -- Rich Bennett, Amy Coborn, Marc Cove, Arnie Curiel, Robert Martin and Chuck Myers -- and one incumbent -- Mark Wheeler -- are vying for the three open school board seats. An eighth candidate, Michelle Yener, had initially filed but has since dropped her candidacy. Current School Board members Scott Duddeck and Cathy Miller chose not to file for re-election.
Mark Wheeler Age: 58 Occupation: IT architect Residence: Oakdale Family: married, two sons Civic Involvement: District 622 School Board from 1991-2010; Wheeler currently serves as vice-chair Reasons for running for School Board: Wheeler said he decided to run for re-election to his third term on the District 622 School Board because of where the district currently is. "I thought, given the challenging times, the district was going to need by experience," he said.
Chuck Myers Age: 47 Occupation: Unemployed Residence: Maplewood Family: One daughter, two sons Civic Involvement: Various committees at St. Paul College Reasons for running for School Board: Myers said he decided to run for election to the District 622 School Board because he has the time. "I'm at a point where I want to give back to the community," he said. Platform: The major issues that Myers said he is concerned with for District 622 include the budget, the levy and potential for cuts within the district.
Robert Martin Jr. Age: 45 Occupation: Partner in startup business, Anywhere Chair LLC Residence: Maplewood Family: Married, one daughter Civic Involvement: Member of District 622 Citizens Finance Committee, participant in the District 622 Public Engagement Forum, member of the Maplewood Planning Commission, vice-chair of the State Council on Black Minnesotans. Reasons for running for School Board: Martin said he decided to run for election to the District 622 School Board because he saw it as a chance to get involved.