Wyoming council denies request regarding communications tower

Alice Pickering
Wyoming Reporter

The Wyoming City Council denied a request from Verizon Wireless to remove a property from the temporary moratorium on conditional use permit applications for wireless telecommunication facilities in the city.  

A spokesman from Faulk and Foster Real Estate Services, representing Verizon, requested the action regarding 7323 Lake Blvd. because the Verizon wishes to build a tower on the property.

The Planning Commission is revising permit applications for such towers so as to have all related applications considered under the same rules. 

The vote on June 3 to deny the request was 3-2. Council Members Joe Zerwas and Steve Zerwas said denying it was not “business-friendly.”  

Social hosts
Council members amended the city’s code of ordinances to add a social host ordinance. Patterned after a similar Chisago County ordinance, it holds a host responsible at a party or social event at which alcohol is possessed or consumed by individuals under 21 years of age, whether or not the host provided the liquor.  

Zoning Administrator Fred Weck brought the final draft to the council. In front of the Planning Commission, Police Chief Paul Hoppe said the city ordinance fills the gap in the county one. It also “bridges the gap between state laws concerning minor consumptions and procuring alcohol for a minor,” he said.

The penalty for violation is a misdemeanor and punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. The ordinance takes effect July 3.  

Fire Department
The council approved the appointments of Justin Berry and Keith Woinarowicz as paid on-call firefighters to probationary status. They join Alex Langer as new active firefighters. They must pass physical exams to complete the hiring process.

Chief J.J. Hastings anticipates a July 1 start date. This will bring the department up to 34 firefighters, 27 of whom are active. His goal is to have 34 active firefighters by the end of the year.

Other business
The council approved letters to be sent to property owners affected by the Goodview Avenue and Wyoming Trail Improvement Project. These are to outline the status of assessments for the improvements.

The council approved an exclusive sale listing agreement between Colliers International and the city of Wyoming regarding the city-owned Bingham property. The parcel consists of 14.81 undeveloped acres in the northwest area of the city, between County Road 30 and Interstate 35. 

Also passed was a resolution establishing a policy for sign retro-reflectivity management. Engineer Mark Erichson explained that the reflective features of signs break down over time. Adoption of the policy will help the city meet requirements of the Federal Highway Administration. 

The council will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. June 17 before its regular meeting.