Planning Commission seat filled

Isanti City Council
The Isanti City Council voted to fill the remaining position on the
Planning Commission in the regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Luke Reiter
luke.reiter@ecm-inc.com

The Isanti City Council voted to fill the remaining position on the Planning Commission in the regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

During the meeting the Council interviewed applicant Nick Dimassis, questioning him on his experience and knowledge of zoning, permits and plats.

Dimassis responded that most of his relevant knowledge came from his work as assistant director for East Central Regional Library, where he supervises 14 branches throughout six counties. He said he was not well versed in the details of zoning, but the opportunity to see how city government works on a nuts and bolts level was one of the things that attracted him to the position.

After completing the standard questions Mayor George Wimmer took a moment to probe Dimassis’ view of the comprehensive plan.

“I got the feeling from this and I just wanted to make sure you understand that the plan that we put together, the comprehensive plan––unless there is a monumental reason that we’re convinced to change a particular zoning or a particular avenue—that really isn’t a guidance,” Wimmer said. “That really is the kind of law for the planning commission to follow.”

Wimmer advised Dimassis to review the agendas from previous Planning Commission meetings to familiarize himself with they work done.

Councilor Sue Larson encouraged Dimassis and told him serving on any city commission involved some adjustment.

“I see that you’re enthusiastic, which is going to be fun to have you on the planning commission,” Larson said.

Dimassis thanked the Council for their comments and said while his opinion may differ at times, who would strive to do the work with humility

“As I said in my application, I have experience but there’s a lot I don’t know,” Dimassis said.

In other action, the Council:

• Approved the results of the special primary election held on Jan. 11. A total of 94 votes were cast, with candidates Steve Lundeen and Michael Streiff continuing on to the special election March 15.

• Announced that the state government had reduced its funding for Isanti by $285,000. Wimmer said the city had prepared for most of that reduction when the budget was designed.

• Approved two additional stop signs at the intersection of Blossom Blvd. NW and 11th Street NW.

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