Posted: Wednesday, 27 June 2012 5:09PM
St. Charles Mayor William Spitzer told a packed council chamber on Tuesday that the city would be doing nothing on the Farm2Rail project because there was nothing for it to do.
Spitzer says the city is at a standstill until the county does what they'll do.
The Post- Bulletin reports, the St. Charles Township Board of Supervisors last week voted against the orderly annexation of a 300-acre parcel of land to be given to the city of St. Charles for a proposed multi-loop rail car loading facility.
City administrator Nick Koverman said the Faribault-based Farm2Rail has not informed the city of its next move. But with the township vote last week, that next move would necessarily be to ask the county to alter its comprehensive land-use plan, hold public meetings on the project, collect information and hold a vote before the project could go forward at the township site.
The city is working with the developer to visit sites in Wisconsin that have been developed by Farm2Rail. The July 20 field trip would visit three sites, with meetings with city leaders in Wisconsin to find out how similar Farm2Rail projects affected those communities.