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Porter Town Council OKs Anderson Trucking rezone

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By LILY REX

The Porter Town Council approved a rezone Tuesday for St. Cloud, Minn.-based Anderson Trucking to build a new training facility in Porter.

Anderson Trucking said they’re planning to build a 36,000-square foot training and maintenance facility on land between Shelton Fireworks and the small TA gas station on the south side of U.S. 20. The company said they’re relocating from Gary to the site in Porter, which is closer to a major highway interchange.

Once finished the site will have secure entry, fencing, and semi parking in roughly the same footprint of the existing asphalt on the site. Anderson bought the property from TA and agreed on an easement so trucks going in and out of the Anderson facility can use the access road TA owns to enter and exit U.S. 20 at the light by Shelton Fireworks. Future owners of the property will also be bound by the easement, which is intended to improve safety when trucks turn onto 20.

The Town Council unanimously approved an ordinance rezoning the land from B-3, General Business, to I-1, Light Industrial. No one spoke for or against the petition in a public hearing. The rezone had been favorably recommended by the Plan Commission.

Reports

Fire Chief Jay Craig reported he’s picking up the PFD’s new fire engine this week. Craig paid approximately $50,000 out of his 2019 budget for the engine, and the Town paid the remaining balance of approximately $500,000 using part of the $830,000 general obligation (GO) bond it acquired last year for the new engine and park upgrades.

The Council also approved Craig to enter a mutual aid agreement between the PFD and the National Park Service.

Parks Director Brian Bugajski reported the Porter Parks Department 2020 calendar is live on Facebook.

Building Commissioner Michael Barry gave an update on the damage strong storms left at Porter Beach earlier this month. Barry said he met with the Army Corps of Engineers about the erosion problems at Porter Beach, and they made some simple recommendations for the west end where a walkway off of Dudley was washed out and where a curb washed out in front of the old Johnson Inn. Unlike in some other areas, erosion at Porter Beach hasn’t reached catastrophic levels, Barry said.

Barry also noted that talks are ongoing between the Town and the Dunes state and national parks about combatting traffic problems that arise in the north part of Town during peak visitation. Barry said the options they’re considering include creating another route out of Porter Beach and making routes to the beach and the state park more walkable. Barry said these nonpolitical talks have been going on for months, and he just wanted residents to know work is being done to address the congestion.

 

Posted 1/30/2020

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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