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SL Council approves to vacate alley on 4-1 vote

The Silver Lake City Council finally made a decision Monday night to vacate the alley located between Nome and Oliver avenues north of Center Street.
This was the third public hearing since the city received a petition to vacate the alley from Ryan and Kari Kaczmarek in August, who own property adjacent to the alley and who plan to build an addition onto their house.
Two other owners with land abutting the alleyway, Brian and Todd Urban, refused to sign the petition due to concerns about additional water flooding into the alley and relocating utility mains.
At previous hearings, the Urbans shared pictures of the alley under water near their homes and raised concerns that the Kaczmareks addition would add to the existing water problems. 
They had demanded water studies be done before the City vacates the alley and they also asked for construction plans.
At the previous hearing held in October, City Clerk Kerry Venier said that the question Council needs to answer is, “Is there a benefit to vacating the alley. Why or why  not?”
He said the watershed study and construction plans are prepared once the Kaczmareks request a building permit.
“But at this point, the Council needs to decide if there’s a benefit to vacating the alley or to keeping the alley,” Venier said.
At Monday night’s hearing, the Urbans again questioned the petition and the Minnesota State Statute regarding the majority signing the petition.
Minnesota State Statute states the petition needs to be signed by a majority of land owners with property abutting the alley. Ryan and Kari Kaczmarek are co-owners of their property, and they both signed the petition, along with George Jones, another landowner with property adjacent to the alleyway.
Find the complete story in the Nov. 19 edition of The Chronicle.