In the meeting last week, in addition to the wheelage tax, (see other story) the County Board also:
~ Approved a Conditional Use Permit 5-0 for Gary Weness to operate a trucking business at 38749 Park Trail. There has been a business on the site for years. The conditions allow for eight trucks on site and 10 employees. He does contract trucking.
~ A permit allowing for Rose Hill Resort to do business was approved 5-0. The resort owner has already been approved for annexing the property into the city of Lindstrom-- but until the state Boundary Adjustments Office signs-off on the annexation the resort parcels are in the township. And because this permit was already pending before the county, County Zoning Director Kurt Jensen Schneider explained that the county simply finished the permit process. Representing the resort area, Commissioner George McMahon, questioned the septic system issues at the resort and was assured the site will be “actively monitored” and that the identified health threat is being addressed. The permit approved does not include owner Alan Davis’s proposed expansion for camping, and only permits with conditions, the use of the homesite/cabins and marina. Storage is limited to boats, RVs and fish houses owned by resort clients or renters. The permit states, storage shall not be offered to the general public.
~ County Auditor Dennis Freed got the okay to proceed with seizing materials and other “abandoned property” on specific property that is tax forfeit. The property is in Lent Township, on Forest Boulevard, according to the parcel I.D. numbers. The county will take competitive bids to remove the items. When the property is eventually sold the expense of cleanup will be recouped.
~ Scoops Inc, owned by Leanne Gustafson, was again approved as concessionaire at Fish Lake County Park.
~ Three property owners have negotiated a settlement for providing flowage easement across their properties in connection with the LID. One property owner is holding-out and possibly facing eminent domain procedures. Seven other property owners continue to talk, according to staff. The easements payments agreed to last week total $38,300.
~ The county’s long range Comprehensive Transportation Plan, a guide for road needs, was given a public hearing and nobody spoke. It was adopted unanimously. Full details of the plan are on the county website www.co.chisago.mn.us
~ 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan’s field representative Rick Olseen, gave a brief update to the Board on federal disaster aid available to local farmers. (See Press release from Farm Services Agency July 11 paper.)
~ Draft policies were reviewed on social networking, Facebook presence, grants, contracts and prevailing wage verification, and other matters. County Administrator Bruce Messelt said there is an “explosion in data phones” used by county staff and the Board needs a policy on how and when phones are provided; or if staff is simply compensated for their use of personal devices. Action adopting policies will come later, the documents provided contained policy preliminary wordings.