Several land use issues gain approval

By Emily Bialkowski
Caledonia Argus

The Houston County Board of Adjustment and Plan Commission met Sept. 27 and recommended the following requests for approval by the Houston County Board.

• Grant a variance of 27 feet six inches to meet the required 50 foot setback for Daniel and Laurie Nekola in Mound Prairie Township for a garage.

• Grant a variance of 859 feet to meet  the required 1,320 setback from an existing house to expand a feedlot for Chester Doering in Mayville Township.

• Grant a conditional use for Joel Serres and Kathy Hafner in Brownsville Township to build a house on less than 40 acres in an agricultural district.

• Grant a re-zone from ag protection district to residential for Larry Hanson in Yucatan Township.

The board also recommended the approval of the following zoning permits:

• Bruce Dunbar, Yucatan Township, build house;

• William Gade, Caledonia Township, build garage;

• Victor and Annette Christian, Brownsville Township, build house, garage and pole shed;

• Robert Wiemerslage, Wilmington Township, build grain bin;

• Tim Von Arx, Union Township, build machine shed;

• Thomas Johnson, Houston Township, build pole building, granary addition, shop addition;

• Kent Knutson, Brownsville Township, build house, garage and deck;

• Jim Scanlan, Mayville Township, build roof on lean-to;

• Steve Klinski, Mayville Township, replace pole shed destroyed by fire;

• Mike and Nancy Gulbranson, Spring Grove Township, build additions, porch and deck;

• Robert Carlson, Houston Township, build pole barn;

• Lloyd Sanness, Wilmington Township, build lean-to on shed;

• Dwight Privet, Caledonia Township, build grain bin;

• Joyce Betz, Sheldon Township, build house, attached garage and porch.

And finally, the board recommended the non-renewal of a conditional use permit for Jeff Lind for a mineral extraction pit.

Zoning Administrator Bob Scanlan said Lind no longer wishes to utilize the small pit he had on his property near Money Creek Township and is in the process of reclaiming the land.

All recommendations met the board’s approval on Oct. 9 and passed.


Tire disposal

Environmental Services Director Rick Frank informed the board of a $10 per ton rate increase for tire disposal.

He recommended the county increase their fees at the county drop-off sites for tires as indicated in the graph.

The board approved the increase. Individuals who choose to bring used car tires to drop-off sites themselves will not be charged, as has been the practice.


Business and farm tire disposal rates effective Nov. 1, 2012

Car tires: $1.75 apiece

Implement tires: $7

Semi tires: $10

Tractor tires: $20

Over sized tires: (combine, large grain carts, etc.) $65

Tires on rims: $6

Mud/dirt/ice-filled: $6

* Most rates increased  by $1