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June 18, 2014

Conditional use permit approved for new library

The Kasson City Council approved a resolution for a conditional use permit to construct what was referred to as a community building/library on property owned by the city at 8th Avenue N.W. and 2nd Street S.W. The property is in West Park and west of the First Presbyterian Church.

Community development director Mike Martin said formal approval is "one step of a dance that has 87 steps. There is still a long way to go," added Martin.

A few things that have to happen include: A groundwater management plan (for drainage) needs to be made, plans to relocate the playground equipment on the property have to be made and the planning and zoning commission will review the plan.

The building is referred to as a community building because it will have more than a single use. It can serve as a safe shelter and the city council has asked for an area of the 14,000 square foot building to be set aside as "community space."

John Talcott, a former library board member, called the resolution approving the recommended site a "momentous decision". "It will be exciting to have a library in a state of the art building," said Talcott. He suggested that down the road many other communities might consider this same design.

In other matters:

•The council approved a resolution for a conditional use permit for an electronic sign at Kasson Hardware Hank. Business owner Greg Kuball said the sign will be dual sided and flash a new message every three to four seconds.

Kuball said the sign would not "compete" with the city sign. At this point he said the sign will promote Hardware Hank products and offer community messages as well such as promoting Kasson Festival In the Park, congratulations to the softball team on winning State, etc. The sign......READ THE FULL STORY BY PURCHASING THE DCI TODAY!

 

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