Nate Sauvageau, of Pasano Properties, LLC, approached the Pine River City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 13, to request certain considerations from the city in the proposed construction of six residential houses for sale.

Regarding the development property, Pasano Properties requested:

  1. The city waive any building permit fees for any structure the company erects.
  2. The city assist in a financially substantial way with hooking each structure to city water.
  3. The city remove trees the company would mark from city property between Highway 371 and the development property.
  4. The city tie together each residential structure with a sidewalk that runs perpendicular to and intersects Barclay Avenue while also running parallel along the east shoulder of Mill Street along the full length of the development property.
  5. The city assist Pasano Properties, LLC with negotiations with the sewer district for waiver or substantial minimization of sewer hook up fees for each residential structure.

The buildings would be three-bedroom, single-level homes consistent with a previous housing study. They would like to start building in 2019 with completion of at least half of the properties by 2020. Sauvageau said the homes would be slightly more or less than $250,000, depending on finishing and specific needs.

The council tabled discussion until more information could be gathered regarding water hook up and sidewalks. It will be discussed at the council's planning and zoning meeting.

In other business Aug. 13, the council:

  • Set a 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, public hearing on the proposed five-year tax abatement on new taxes for Black Line Conversions on the north end of town.
  • Approved a pay request to Viking Industrial Painting contingent on certified payroll paperwork submission.
  • Approved a request by the Cozy Cottage Cafe to replace a 1978 camper previously being used as collateral with a 2005 trailer.
  • Agreed to inform a resident of a neighbor complaint regarding vining weeds that are crossing their property line and growing onto their trees.
  • Learned the sewer district needs to replace the main lift station by Dairy Queen. The replacement would be moved across the road near the apartment buildings. The project would cost $400,000. Sewer board member Gary Siltman said the board wanted to see if the city would assist in paying for the relocation, given what percentage of the sewer district's customers are Pine River residents. No action was taken.