By Beth Bily
The city of Bovey got a glimpse of the process that will be followed as it updates its comprehensive plan at its regular meeting last week.
Nicole Peterson, with the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission that will lead the update effort, addressed councilors about what to expect as well as laying out a tentative timeline.
The city opted to move forward with updating its comprehensive plan after the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation agency announced that updated comp plans would be required for public works grant funding beginning in FY15. IRRRB is providing a 50 percent funding match to cities and townships that update comp plans.
Peterson noted that Bovey last adopted a comprehensive plan in 2009 and outlined next steps to updating the current plan in place.
The process will include three primary tasks – 1) public visioning, 2) recommendation development and 3) plan publication and implementation checklist development.
Peterson said timelines call for six public meetings over the course of coming months with the goal of adopting the updated plan by November of this year.
The city will remain in contact with Peterson to plan a public visioning input session in August. She also added that she would like to schedule a joint session between Bovey and Coleraine to address shared services as they pertain to the cities’ respective comp plans.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the minutes of the June 18 regular council meeting.
• Passed a motion to allow the Greenway Hockey Association to use old police radar equipment for a speed throwing contest.
• Approved the list of election judges for the 2014 election season. Judges will be compensated at a rate of $10/hour and the head judge at a rate of $11/hour.
• Discussed changing the council meeting schedule to one meeting per month. A motion to try such a schedule failed for lack of a second.
• Approved a one-time gambling permit for the Bovey Farmer’s Day committee.
• Directed the city clerk to look into the costs of obtaining an appraisal for property connected to proposed Maasch development.
• Approved the city’s portion of cost on the purchase of new truck for CBT (Coleraine, Bovey, Taconite) Joint Wastewater.