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Historic Elks extension request denied

Dickinson city commissioners decided to issue a letter of intent to deny Granville Brinkman a sixth extension for his renovation of the Historic Elks Building at their meeting Monday evening at City Hall.

Brinkman is the project manager for renovations to the building in downtown Dickinson.

He purchased the building from the city in 2005 and a 2007 fire gutted it causing delays in the project.

The city granted him numerous extensions to complete the project, the latest being his fifth, which expired June 30.

He also has yet to pay for a $4,227 building permit which resulted in a stop work order from the city in March. The order was still posted on the building Monday.

City Administrator Shawn Kessel and Attorney Dann Greenwood recommended the city issue the letter and express its intent to re-convey the property.

The letter will contain a 90-day notice period and the city can rescind the letter and its intent to re-convey the property within the 90-day period.

The 90 days encompasses the requested time for a formal business plan to be presented and for the city to complete its due diligence upon receipt.

"If his promises come to fruition we can go with it if we so choose and we can rescind the letter or if it falls through we let the 90 day notice run its course," Kessel said.

The city also approved the second reading and final passage of the Extra Territorial Zoning Extension Ordinance. The city is allowed to extend its extra-territorial authority per the current population to two miles beyond city limits. Recent annexations have changed the city limits allowing the city to expand its Extra Territorial Zoning authority.

No one from the public commented on the ordinance.

Kessel said the Stark County Commissioners and the Stark County Planning and Zoning Commission know and agree with the plans.

He added the city did not individually notify landowners.

City Attorney Matt Kolling said the city may reach a settlement in the Northside Annexation Lawsuit.

An agreement in principle has been reached, but not signed.

The suit is regarding approval of annexing 325 acres on the north side of the city in October. More than a dozen businesses and landowners in the annexed area filed suit against the city Jan. 5, according to a previous Press article.

"The city would make some concession to the landowners and in turn they would dismiss the lawsuit," Kolling said. "I won't go into detail as we are still in discussion."

Mayor Dennis Johnson said he asked if city officials could work out a settlement agreement not because he believed the city would not prevail but because he did not want to inflict hard feelings.

"They are our neighbors," Johnson said.