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What's coming up for the Alexandria Planning Commission and Douglas County Commissioners

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Alexandria Planning Commission
Alexandria City Hall
7 p.m. Monday, March 20

Alexandria Planning Commission meetings are open to the public in person.

1. 7 p.m. Public hearing – Black & Veatch – conditional use permit
The applicant is requesting to allow the installation of six Level 3 EV charging stations within the Menards parking lot. The proposal includes the installation of supporting electrical infrastructure, including a new utility transformer, switchboard, power units, and light pole. This improvement would result in a net loss of five parking stalls. The property is at 215 50th Ave. W. in a B-1 “General Business” zoning district.

2. 7:10 p.m. Public hearing – Justin Jelen – exception to platting
The applicant is requesting to allow a one-time split to his existing 0.78-acre parcel. The applicant would retain 0.60 acres and sell the remaining 0.18 acres to his neighbor. The property is at 1709 State Highway 29 N. in an R-1 “Single Family Residential” zoning district.

3. 7:20 p.m. Public hearing – Sacred Journey Academy – conditional use permit
The applicant is requesting to allow a K-8 school facility in the existing Indigo Plaza building. Minimal remodeling would be proposed. Existing tenant space would be incorporated into the school as their leases expire. Forecasted enrollment year one is 144 students; with a total enrollment of 208 students when full. Site improvements do contain outdoor play space, a basketball court, and added parking/access to Iowa Street. The properties are at 4133 Iowa St. and the vacant lot to the north and are currently located in a B-1 “General Business” zoning district.


4. 7:30 p.m. Public hearing – City of Alexandria – text amendment – Keeping of Chickens
To consider whether to amend the city code to allow the keeping of chickens within the city limits. Background information will be provided and all those wishing to be heard on the matter will be accorded an opportunity to speak. No action will be taken at this meeting.

5. Old and other business

These items are as of March 15 and are subject to change.

Douglas County Board of Commissioners
Regular Meeting
Tuesday, March 21

Location: Douglas County Administration Building Board Room, 821 Cedar St., Alexandria

9 a.m. Call to order, approve agenda, approve minutes of March 7 regular meeting

9:05 a.m. Board

  1. Resolution - Four elected official salaries - action

9:10 a.m. Closed session: The meeting will be closed as permitted by section 13D.05, subdivision 3(a), to evaluate the performance of the following non-elected department heads:


9:10 a.m. Heather Schlangen, county coordinator

9:20 a.m. Laurie Bonds, community human services director

9:30 a.m. Susan Crotteau, license bureau director

9:40 a.m. Brent Birkeland, IT director

9:50 a.m. Rod Naab, facilities maintenance director

10 a.m. Break

10:10 a.m. Julie Anderson, emergency management director/public information officer

10:20 a.m. Tim Erickson, public works director


10:30 a.m. Dave Rush, land and resource director

10:40 a.m. Jacob Turner, veterans service officer

10:50 a.m. Stacy Honkomp, assessor

11:00 a.m. Jill Frisell, finance director

11:10 a.m. Break

11:20 a.m. Jill Frisell, finance director

  1. Bills - action
  2. Local tribal consistency fund spending request - action
  3. Budgeting and forecasting software - action

11:28 a.m. Vicki Doehling, auditor/treasurer

  1. PY2023 property tax storm disaster credits - action

11:31 a.m. Dave Rush, land and resource director


  1. Conditional use - Pazdernik Properties - action
  2. Preliminary plat - Ida South Storage First Addition - action
  3. Preliminary plat - Pike Addition - action
  4. Conditional use - Stephanie A. and Corey M. Groetsch - action
  5. Preliminary plat - Genes Barn Road 1 - action
  6. Preliminary plat - Ahrendt Addition - action
  7. Conditional use - Jared and Shantel Grundei - action

11:51 a.m. Tim Erickson, public works director

  1. Award bid: SAP 021-608-019 - action
  2. Award Bid: SAP 021-603-037, etc. - action
  3. Resolution - appointing commissioner of transportation to accept federal funds on behalf of Douglas County - action
  4. Resolution - Enter into MnDOT agreement No. 1052353 - action
  5. Resolution - Memorandum of Commitment: Lake Ida-CD No. 23 diversion channel - action

These items are as of March 15 and are subject to change.

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