Rafters permit, beekeeping ordinance fate decided Tuesday at city council

In a long list of items on the Stillwater City Council agenda two public hearings will take place Tuesday. The Rafters special use permit approval and a new beekeeping ordinance.

Larry Cramer, the owner of Rafters Food & Spirits is scheduled to learn the fate of his special use permit to change Rafters’ roof into an outdoor deck. The Special Use Permit allowing a rooftop deck was approved by the Planning Commission back in July after more than four months that included a full study and collaboration with the city, planning commission, and Rafters owner Larry Cramer. Stillwater’s Ward 1 Councilman Doug Menikheim, who was involved in the process, appealed the permit to go before council on July 19. A vote from the council will decide the permit’s fate. City Planner Mike Pogge told The Gazette back in July that there is opportunity for appeal to district court if it’s denied.

Also included on the agenda is a zoning text amendment regarding the keeping of bees in Stillwater. A group of several hobby beekeepers asked the council back in April to consider changing the ordinance to allow beekeeping in Stillwater. Research was done and the issue was opened to a public hearing. The Planning Commission has created an ordinance and it will be read for the first time Tuesday. A vote to pass it, deny it, or table the ordinance to gather more information will take place.

Other topics also discussed include: the possible addition of the ability to serve alcohol on Pat Wolf’s multi-person tour bicycle which was given a license at the July 31 meeting. A possible approval of the Traffic Study proposal for the Armory and Fire Station; update on the timeline for the downtown plan revisions, and a staff report on the stage III Levee update is also on the agenda.

The City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall.