Conditional use requested for Mazeppa commercial building

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By Alicia Hunt-Welch

MAZEPPA – A conditional use permit has been requested by Pat Laganiere to use a commercial building in the downtown area as a residential rental property. The building on 1st Avenue South, across the street from the community center and formerly occupied by Steve Peplinski, is now owned by Laganiere.

Joe Sand of the Mazeppa Planning & Zoning Board presented Langaniere’s plans to the council on March 5 for review. Laganiere would like to turn the building into two rental units, with an apartment upstairs and another on the street level, with space for a business suite on the main floor. To do this a conditional use permit is needed. 

The P&Z Board has reviewed and approved the plan. Approval of a conditional use permit requires a public hearing. The next city council meeting will be moved to April 9 at 6 p.m. to allow time to advertise the public hearing. 

Mazeppa policing report

Wabasha County Deputy John Coons presented the policing report for the council’s review. In February deputies responded to three drug incidents, two reports of suspicious activity, two civil matters, two driving while intoxicated incidents, an animal complaint, an assault, a domestic incident, a report of harassment/threat, a traffic violation, a traffic crash, a motorist assist, one incident of assisting the public, and they assisted other departments on one occasion.

Sign painters greet the council

Mike Meyer and four of his guests from across the Atlantic Ocean attended the council meeting briefly to introduce themselves. Meyer, the owner of Mike Meyer Signs, was hosting an international sign painters gathering in Mazeppa.

He and two fellow craftsman from England and two from Scotland – all sporting smudges of paint from the fun they’ve been having – shared some information on the event. Meyer said sign painters from Germany, Brazil, and Australia are also attending the gathering.   

Other business

Public Works Director Larry Zielsdorf said he has been receiving a large number of work-related calls on his personal cellphone. A motion by Tom Marsh, seconded by Mike Hammes, to provide Zielsdorf with a stipend to offset the increased charges on his personal cellphone bill carried. 

Marsh said Zielsdorf did a great job with the roads after the last storm. City Administrator Duane Hofschulte said Zielsdorf and street worker Jim Glander worked 37 hours straight during the last blizzard to trying to keep roads in Mazeppa cleared. Hammes said all winter the city crew has worked hard to maintain roads. 

2014 liquor licenses were approved for W.D.’s Bar & Grill, Leo’s Sports Bar, the American Legion, and the Mazeppa Liquor Store. Final approval is pending until all businesses show the appropriate insurance and pay the required fee.

Andrew Miller contacted the city to request a replat of his residential property. Miller owns two lots on 3rd Avenue SE and would like to combine both lots to put up an accessory building. P&Z tentatively approved the plan. The issue will come before the council at the next meeting for consideration.

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