North Mankato continues to ponder how to handle AirBnb rentals

By |2018-07-25T22:07:03-05:00July 25th, 2018|

North Mankato is working to get ahead of the curve on new short-term rentals, like AirBnb, with a new ordinance being drafted on current rental property regulations and inspection guidelines. Community Development Director Mike Fisher says they looked at what other communities around the state are doing and learned that everyone is different. "Basically there's three ways you can do it, you can permit them with no restrictions, you can permit them with restrictions or you could simply not permit them. Again, Staff believes they serve a purpose. But right now we don't even have a mechanism to know where they [...]

Resident requests North Kato council to consider pool covers as a better option for safety

By |2018-07-24T14:37:40-05:00July 24th, 2018|

North Mankato is considering changes to current regulations when it comes to safety measures surrounding in-ground swimming pools after a resident requested the issue be reviewed. Current code requires pools to be enclosed by a six-foot fence, but Bryan Sowers said he is looking for residents to have the option of an ASTM certified automatic pool cover instead.  "The fence still has the risk because it's open. If you have a pool cover it's open as well and ASTM goes so far as to say, in the cases since 2015 when this technology became available and they changed the code, the [...]

Saint Peter joins eight other Minnesota cities to pass Tobacco 21 ordinance

By |2018-05-30T11:50:41-05:00May 30th, 2018|

Saint Peter has joined the growing list of Minnesota cities to pass Tobacco 21 regulations. In front of a packed meeting with interested residents, the City Council approved raising the purchasing age from 18 to 21 on a 4-3 vote. It comes a month after the Council tied on a 3-3 vote, with the deciding vote coming from council member Susan Carlin.   "When we first started discussing this issue, I wasn't convinced that this was a very meaningful idea," said Carlin. "But as I heard more and more about the access that younger children have, those 14 to 17-year olds, and how [...]

Mankato and North Mankato preparing to hold meetings in January on raising tobacco purchasing age to 21

By |2018-01-08T13:19:08-06:00January 8th, 2018|

Raising the purchasing age for tobacco to 21 is gaining attention this month as both cities in the metro will hold meetings on the issue. North Mankato has approved holding a public hearing on January 16 at 7 p.m. to discuss the issue. North Mankato City Administrator John Harrenstein. City Administrator John Harrenstein says it is yet to be determined if the council will adopt new regulations at that time, as he has offered no recommendation on the matter. Harrenstein added that he doesn't believe that local businesses are in favor of the proposal. "There have been some that [...]

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