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April 6, 2017 Plans Commission Minutes
April 6, 2017
The regular meeting of the Plans Commission was called to order at 6:30 p.m. in the Albany Village Hall by President Kim Blumer. Members present were: Blumer, Eileen Althaus, Michelle Monson, Mark Riedel, and Paul Rhyner. Absent: Virginia Detra and one vacancy. Also present were: Terry Gould, Lonnie Gill, Mark Berlinski, and Larry Ommodt.
Proof of posting was verified.
MINUTES: Motion by Riedel, seconded by Monson to approve the minutes of the previous meeting as written. Carried.
PUBLIC HEARING: The Public Hearing to consider a Conditional Use Permit for Mark Berlinski for his property located at 114 North Water Street currently zoned Downtown Commercial (C-2) to allow him to have an overnight rental apartment/hotel in this property on the ground floor. There is a rental apartment on the second floor – there would be no change to this. Keepers explained what the request consists of, and shared information from the village’s building inspector with the commission. Blumer asked Berlinski to inform the commission of his plans. Berlinski explained that he originally bought the property as an investment and decided to make it into a place where he and friends could come up from Illinois to stay over whenever they wanted. Then, AirBNB came about and he found that people wanted to stay there. It was not at all his original intention. He was able to use the income from this rental to make big improvements to the property that he owns next door. One point the Blumer wanted to make clear is that he will no longer be able to park motorcycles inside of this property, as this would be a HUGE fire hazard. Berlinski was agreeable. Much discussion was held on how this came about and that the proper channels were not followed, but that the owner now wants to make things right. After much discussion, a motion was made by Blumer and seconded by Althaus to recommend approval of a Conditional Use Permit to Mark Berlinski for his property located at 114 North Water Street to allow him to use the ground floor as an overnight rental property contingent on his making all of the improvements that were told to him from the village’s building inspector and to not allow anyone to stay at the property until these improvements are met. Berlinski stated that he has a reservation made already for the following day, and can they still come? The consensus of the commission is that no, there needs to be no one staying until all improvements are met. Motion carried 4-1 with Rhyner voting no.
At this time, Blumer mentioned to Berlinski that the village is hoping to make improvements to the “back alley” behind the businesses on the east side of the street. Berlinski owns property off of Oak Street that the village would be interested in offering a swap him for another piece of property. Gill explained the request and that the village is hoping to be able to make a straight across drive through from Oak Street to East Main Street mainly to accommodate emergency vehicles. By swapping this property with some that the village already owns, it would allow the parking to be more organized and to also have the drive through go straight across north to south. Berlinski is willing to work something out with the village and will meet with Gill further on the details.
FUTURE ITEMS: Riedel questioned if burning barrels in the village were discussed at the last Police/Fire Committee meeting. No one was sure if this was talked about or not.
Riedel also questioned the difference between Community 1st and the Chamber of Commerce and if they can work together. There are several grants that are available through chambers that the Community 1st would like to pursue but are not available except to a Chamber of Commerce. He would like to see the village try to work with getting these two organizations to work together. The commission decided to schedule a special Plans meeting on Thursday, April 20th at 6:30 and invite representatives from both groups to attend and see what we can do to all work together. Keepers will invite the officers.
ADJOURN: Motion by Rhyner seconded by Althaus to adjourn. Carried.
LAURIE K. KEEPERS, Clerk
Village of Albany
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