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City council approves interim use permit for KLN temporary housing

The Perham City Council approved a request by KLN  Family Brands and Productive Alternatives for an interim use permit allowing the housing for a temporary workforce at 507 4th Ave. NW.

In an application for interim use submitted to the city of April 3, a description of the proposed interim use was that up to 10 rooms of the 48 one-room apartments initially constructed for foreign labor would be used for a Productive Alternatives program for up to six months. Another 10 rooms would be used for interns, primarily those employed by KLN, for up to four months. Perham Health also inquired if housing would be available this summer if they had an internship program. Sailer said the request was put before the Planning Commission, and there was no objection.

Fred Sailer of KLN Family Brands said there are some requirements connected with the interim use.

  • Construction design must be in compliance with the original interim use.
  • Temporary housing is limited to workers.
  • The temporary housing would be for six months of occupancy or less by qualified tenants.
  • Guidelines and restrictions for interim use will be strictly enforced.
  • Additional parking will be provided if parking overflows onto the street.

Sailer also brought additional requirements for use to the attention of the council.

  • No pets.
  • No children under the age of 18.
  • No smoking in the apartments.
  • No firearms.
  • No alcohol use or possession.
  • No illegal activities.

Mayor Tim Meehl inquired if other Perham businesses with accredited interns would be able to offer housing.

“I know it is very hard for them because I have an intern from New Mexico staying in my rental house right now, and I didn’t realize it was such a struggle for them,” Meehl said.

The council also approved a federal Economic Development Authority (EDA) pre-application, an amendment to a recycling contract with Steve’s Sanitation and a $1,325 reduction of an assessment for sewer service at the request of Shawn Anderson of 310 3rd Ave. NE.

Consent agenda items approved included the 2017 city audit, temporary on-sale liquor licenses for the Church of St. Henry on Aug. 19 and for the History, Arts and Cultural Association on June 30, use of Paul Miller Park for the 15th annual Perham Triathlon June 30.

Household Hazardous Waste Day in Perham is slated for June 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The next meeting of the Committee of the Whole is set for June 27 at 5:15 p.m. July’s regular city council meeting is on tap July 9 at 5:15 p.m.