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Fifty Lakes City Council

Web posted June 3, 2014
By Paul Boblett

The Fifty Lakes City Council approved by 4-1 vote (voting no council member Greg Buchite) an ordinance to allow the use of an Interim Use Permit (IUP) for an Asphalt Packaging Plant in certain zoning districts.

The permit, approved at the council’s regular meeting held May 13, will be for 30 consecutive days between June and October, stipulating that all equipment must be removed by Nov. 15.

Residents and Anderson Brothers Construction, who will operate the plant, were given the chance to comment at a public hearing held May 6 in front of the planning commission.

The portable asphalt package plant will be operated in a gravel pit on the property of Brian Dobie, south of County Road 1 and north of Meyer Lake Road, east of County Road 66.

The planning commission’s approval of the IUP came with 12 conditions that Anderson Brothers must follow. The plant can only be operated for 30 consecutive days. Once the permit begins, it ends 30 days later and the plant must be shut down.

• The Fifty Lake City Council approved an Interim Ordinance Amendment regulating and restricting telecommunication towers not to exceed three months.

The decision includes language stating the ordinance’s purpose is to protect the planning process and the health, safety, and welfare of the City.

The ordinance establishes a moratorium wherein neither the Zoning Administrator, Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, nor the City Council shall consider a request or application for the construction or installation of a new telecommunication tower or the modification or alteration of existing towers within the City of Fifty Lakes, unless such application has been submitted prior to May 13, 2014.

This Interim Ordinance shall applies to and governs all telecommunication towers within the City of Fifty Lakes.

Discussions followed regarding the procedures for hiring and firing of employees and a motion was passed a 3-2 vote (voting no were council members Greg Buchite and Jodie Schrupp) to approve Liquor Manager Toni Buchite with the authority to hire and/or fire employees along with implementing disciplinary action with the liquor employees with the understanding that said employees have the right to appeal and request a meeting with the council.

In other council action:
• Council approved a renewal of the liquor license for Golden Eagle Golf Properties.

• Accepted preliminary plans and to advertise for bids for the patio addition to the municipal bar.

• Planning director Gordy Reller informed council that commissioner Andy Levesque has resigned his position on the Planning Commission. An ad was placed for the vacancy.

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