Larry: You make many assumptions on how the commission will vote. I cannot predict how Commissioners will vote tomorrow. I believe we will only have four of the five Commissioners present – John Matta will be absent. The drainage easement items are on the consent agenda. They include a public hearing on the matter. My personal view is that based on the preliminary work done by the Wildcat Watershed group, the city should but in place all and every measure needed to prevent future flooding. This presents an issue, in that it restricts land use. That is the purpose of the Public Hearing. I am for flood control.
As to the Day Care center; that idea was part of the initial plans for the zoo education building this was set in motion many years ago. I do not wish the city to get into the day care business. The plans call for this to be revenue neutral; it is supposed to pay for itself. From what I understand the day care center will only serve 15 children. I think we could better use the space as an extension of the library children/s reading program. That might cause us to scale back or abandon plans to enlarge the library. I do not support city run day care. We already give SSAB money for day care.
Here are some specifics on the easements (City staff recommends approval of all four):
ITEM IV-F: PUBLIC HEARING/1ST READING: Vacate Portion of Drainage
Easement – Heritage Square
The City is in receipt of a request to vacate a portion of a drainage easement on two lots in Heritage Square South P.U.D. The current drainage easements are not conveying the water originally determined, rather the drainage is contained within a reinforced concrete pipe that will convey the runoff from this area. The property owner desires to build a parking lot in this easement, and currently it is not allowed with the drainage easement in place.
ITEM IV-G: PUBLIC HEARING/1ST READING: Vacate Portion of Drainage
Easement – Prairie Lakes, Unit 3
The City is in receipt of a request to vacate a portion of the drainage easement on Lot 150 within Prairie Lakes, Unit 3. City Administration has reviewed the request and concurs with the vacation, and acknowledged that the fence structure would not restrict any conveyance in the drainage easement.
ITEM IV-H: PUBLIC HEARING/1ST READING: Vacate Portion of Drainage
Easement – Grand Bluffs at Mill Pointe, Unit 1, Lots 1 & 2
The City is in receipt of a request to vacate a portion of a drainage easement in Grande Bluffs at Mill Pointe, Unit One. Currently the area within the drainage easement is not conveying surface drainage, and the owner would like it removed.
ITEM IV-I: PUBLIC HEARING/1ST READING: Vacate Portion of Drainage
Easement – Stone Pointe Addition, Unit 2, Lot 12
The City is in receipt of a request to vacate a portion of a drainage easement on Lot 128 within Stone Pointe Addition, Unit Two. The current restriction would prohibit any development, and City staff recognizes that the portion of the easement in question does not convey surface drainage and the drainage easement is not required.