East Bethel approves home occupation permits

After delaying a decision on how to address a recreational camping vehicle near Coon Lake that violates city code, the East Bethel City Council took several actions at its April 2 meeting.

It agreed to change the language of its home-occupation permit in response to a request made in February by Pavement Resources Inc., 23310 Monroe St. NE. The company has two full-time and five part-time employees, which conflicted with former permit wording that read: “No more than three persons, at least one of whom shall reside within the principal dwelling, shall be employed by the home occupation.” So as not to limit the total number of employees a home-based business can have, the last few words now read, “shall work at the home-occupation site.”

February meeting minutes say the Pavement Resources owner is seeking a suitable location and plans to move the business this summer, but a building on the home property will still be used for business storage. The council approved the permit.

East Bethel approved another home-occupation permit for residents at 449 220th Ave. NE to operate as Metro Plus Turnover Cleaning Services, which cleans offices and empty homes.

The council also took the following action:

• Authorized Pinnacle Engineering to remove the old, unused, underground oil storage tank and adjoining shed at the city’s recycling center for $11,836. City Administrator Jack Davis said a grant pays all the costs, and the project makes more room for parking and current operations.

• Confirmed that debris will be removed upon the completion of a Great River Energy transmission-line project on Sunset Road as well as a tree-trimming project on Wild Rice Drive contracted by Connexus Energy to Wright Tree Service.

• Announced the city’s spring recycling day as 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at the local ice arena; the city website and newsletter contain more information.