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Harstad offers property to City of East Gull Lake

Marty Harstad of Cambridge Court, Minnetonka, met with the East Gull Lake City Council at the Oct. 1 regular meeting to offer the city a donation of land.

Harstad, who owns 48 acres in the city, proposed a plan for a 20-unit development and a 20-slip marina with approval from the city. He then proposed a donation to the city for a park and fire station or whatever the city would like to use the property for.

Mayor Dave Kavanaugh noted that wetland delineation needs to be done first to determine the potential of the property. He also noted that the Corps of Engineers could be contacted to determine the possibility for a marina.

Harstad said he will contact the lake association regarding the potential development.

In other business, the East Gull Lake council:

• Accepted the city planning commission’s recommendations for a variance for property owned by John Tanner with 12 findings and nine conditions. The proposed variance was to locate a 10- by 12-foot storage structure 20 feet from the lake. One finding said that topography of the property establishes a case of practical difficulty, hence supporting the variance.

• Learned of a petition being distributed by Paul and Stephanie Ouren against the construction of a generator for an AT&T cell tower on their property due to noise issues. Council member Rob Mason noted that the current owners of the property leased for the cell tower inherited the problem when they bought the property.

Multi-family developments and the cell tower issue will be discussed in November.

• Approved a contract with Short Elliott Hendrickson for professional services pertaining to the road project on Green Gables Road and Green Hill Road.