By Teri Knight, News Director
Greenvale Township supervisors voted June 15 to impose a moratorium on applications for new single-family homes on the advice of their attorney, Paul Reuvers, after a lawsuit was filed against the township. The moratorium ordinance includes language to give them time to study amending their comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance,
subdivision and other official controls for regulating the creation of homes in light of recent growth and development. According to the Greenvale website, their current comprehensive plan was passed in 2009 and reprinted in 2015. In 2006, their population was 804 with 70% of the land in agriculture or vacant. Their primary focus for their land, as stated, is for agriculture. This moratorium will allow supervisors and the public time to take necessary steps to evaluate development. A planning commission meeting held last night had a number of citizens attending for the item. KYMN spoke with Ken Malecha of TK Properties, who brought the lawsuit, and to the township attorney Paul Reuvers late this afternoon. We will update the story later this week. Find more information here: Greenvale Township website.
HRA considers additional funding for Viking Terrace rehab
The Northfield Housing & Redevelopment Authority (HRA) continues to work on rehabilitating Viking Terrace. They approved earlier this year to use Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds of approximately $62,000 in funding for rehabbing the homes. The HRA met July 1; coordinator Janine Atchison said it’s a largely low income, Hispanic community, adding, “We also know that there are going to be families who are income eligible but not eligible because of other reasons and the biggest being the lack of the adults in the home having a social security number or fear of applying for funds the federal government will have control of.” She wants to allocate additional funds from the HRA. They’re partnering with the Healthy Community Initiative (HCI), Xcel Energy, and the Northfield Community Action Center (CAC) for the rehab program. Other partners may include Bear Creek Community Church who have developed a manufactured home rehab program in Rochester, Three Rivers Community Action Agency (TRCA), and Cannon River Mobile Home Park. Atchison said the program will kick off this month with HCI’s Laura Tiano making site visits to each Viking Terrace homeowner. She’ll assess needs and register residents to receive free energy reviews conducted by Xcel including the possibility of insulated skirting so their pipes don’t freeze in the winter. Tiano will also assist residents to access CDBG rehab applications and/or other funding sources. The 2019 CDBG funds should be released in August or September. Atchison recommended the HRA consider an allocation of $20,000 from their budget for the Viking Terrace Rehabilitation Program in 2020 for those who may not want to take federal money. She added, “This has grown into quite a big program right now and I think it’s going to be really worthwhile. We’re going to be pooling resources from a lot of places and have the social services part of it from the CAC – that’s really important.” CDBG funds would have to be spent first before city dollars could be used. This item will come back to them for a vote with further defined criteria.
Parenting Your Parents
Coming up on July 16, the Benedictine Living Community will host a seminar called Parenting your Parents. Sales and outreach specialist Kernal Buhler says Jim Comer will share his story of caring for his parents and talk about his book, “When the Roles Reverse.” Comer will be in studio on Thursday at 8:45 a.m.