Sawyer County Zoning Committee Public Hearing
October 21, 2011
Zoning Committee Members
James Bassett, Chairman
Fred Zietlow, Vice Chairman
Dale Thompson - Alternate
Dale Olson, Zoning Administrator
Cindy Yackley, Deputy Zoning Administrator
Thomas J. Duffy, Corporation Council
1) Call to Order and Roll Call
Bassett called the Public Hearing before the Sawyer County Zoning Committee to order at 8:30 AM. in the Sawyer County Courthouse, 10610 Main St., Hayward, Wisconsin. Roll is called finding present: Bassett, Johnson, Paulsen, Gunderson, Zietlow. Thompson – absent. From the Zoning Office Olson, Yackley and Thomas J. Duffy.
2) Statement of Committee and Hearing Procedure.
Those persons wishing to speak will be afforded the opportunity provided they identify themselves and have completed a testimony form.
3) Statement of Hearing Notice.
Public Hearing Published as a Class 2 Notice in accordance with Chapter 985 of the Wisconsin Statutes in the Sawyer County Record on October 5 and October 12, 2011.
Chairman Bassett moved the new business item (County Land Sale Bids) up to the first thing on the agenda so that County Treasurer, Dianne Ince could get back to her work. Dianne handed out copies of the summary of bids received with those successful bids which represent the 25% deposit for the land sale and stated she’s looking for acceptance of the successful bidders by the Committee. Motion by Paulsen, second by Gundersen to approve the land sale bid summary dated October 21, 2011. Motion carried.
CONDITIONAL USE APPLICATIONS
Town of Draper – Town of Draper, Sawyer County Emergency Government – lessee. Part of the SE 1/4 SE 1/4, S3, T 39N, R 4W; Parcel 16.6. Volume 325 Records page 413. 4.79 acres. Property is zoned Residential One. Permit is desired for the construction of a communication tower, approximately 70 feet in height, for use by Sawyer County Emergency Government. The Town Board has approved the application. Olson read the application into the record and presented the maps. He read the Town Boards decision and stated that there were 10 opinion letters that were sent out. Of those, 3 were returned with no objection, one with additional comments. Those letters were also read into the record. Edward Peters, Chairman for the Town of Draper spoke in favor of the application stating that the town is anxious to have this done as it will be better service for the town road crew. Brian Cody gave a little back ground information stating that the proposed tower would be 70 feet in height, with 3 repeaters on it. One for dispatch, one for paging and the third for the command center. The tower would have 8 foot fiberglass antennas attached that would be approximately 1 1/2 inch round and the tower would be attached to the town fire hall. Money has been budgeted from a grant that was received for this. Cody stated that the plan is to install the fixed dispatch center and tower equipment by the end of November. Discussion was held on the possibility of a new cell tower going up in that area and Cody stated that he has not heard of any tower plans at the present time. Motion by Zietlow, second by Johnson to approve the application. Motion carried. Findings of Fact: It is a necessary improvement for Sawyer County and the townships.
Town of Radisson – John Knight. Lots 5 & 6, being part of Gov’t lot 4, S35, T38N, R 7W; Parcels :4.13 & :4.14. Doc # 362338, #363027; CSM Volume 22 page 31-34. 3,43 acres total. Property is zoned Residential/Recreational Two. Permit is desired for the construction/placement of a substandard size dwelling (approx 12’ x 28’) on each lot. The Town Board has approved the application. Also: Town of Weirgor – John Knight. Lot 10, being part of Gov’t lot 3, S2, T 37N, R 7W; Parcel :3.1. Doc #362338, #363027. CSM Volume 13 page 396. 2.43 acres total. Property is zoned Residential/Recreational Two. Permit is desired for the construction/placement of a substandard size dwelling (approx. 12’ x 28’). The Town Board has approved the application with additional comments. Olson read the applications into the record and presented the maps, stating that these applications have been tabled from the July 15th Public Hearing. He read the Town Board’s decision into the record and stated that the opinion letters had previously been read into the record. Phil Nies spoke in objection and urged the committee to deny the applications. Edward Peters also spoke in objection to the applications. Peters stated that he would like to see some consistency in decisions made between the town and the zoning committee with uniformity. Discussion was then held on the location of the lots, elevations, flood plain and the topography of the property. Johnson stated that these parcels have wet areas within them and would have trouble finding buildable areas within the lots. Motion by Paulsen, second by Gundersen to deny both applications. Motion carried. Findings of Fact: it would be damaging to the rights of others and property values; it would set a dangerous precedent by having sub standard size dwellings in a residential development and this would not be the end user of the proposed dwellings.
Town of Weirgor – Ricky J. Villiard et ux. Part of the N1/2 of the SE 1/4, S8, T 37N, R 7W; Part of Parcels 13.1 & 14.1. Volume 520 Records page 475. Approximately 13 acres out of the total 80 acres. Property is zoned Forestry One. Permit is desired for the three (3) year renewal of conditional use permit #94-026 for the location/operation of a non-metallic mineral extraction, including a rock crusher and bituminous plant, which was approved at public hearing on August 9, 1994 and renewed most recently on August 15, 2008. The Town Board has approved the application. Olson read the application into the record and presented the maps. He read the Town Boards decision and stated there were four (4) opinion letters that were sent out. Of those, 3 were returned with no objection. He also stated that there is a current and up to date operation plan on file. Villiard was not present and no one was present to represent him or the application. Bassett stated that this is an existing gravel pit that is small and clean. Motion by Paulsen, second by Zietlow to approve the application. Motion carried. Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values and owner must maintain compliance with the provisions of NR135.
Town of Winter – Flambeau River State Forest – WI. Dept. of Natural Resources Part of the NE 1/4 SW 1/4, S34, T 37N, R 4W; Part of Parcel 9.1.Volume 99 Records page 509, Volume 77 Records page 64. Approximately 5 acres out of the total 640 acres. Property is zoned Forestry One. Permit is desired for the location/operation of a non-metallic mineral extraction, including a rock crusher. The Town Board has approved the application. Olson read the application into the record and presented the maps. He read the Town Board’s approval and stated that there were no opinion letters sent out as the Flambeau River State Forest is surrounding this property. A reclamation plan is on file and up to date. Jim Halvorson, Superintendent of the Flambeau River State Forest was present and stated they would like to re-open their pit for a crushing operation and would be crushing less than 20,000 yards. The gravel would be used for the State of Wisconsin and two townships. The township of Cedar Rapids and the town of Winter primarily for graveling West Lane. Cedar Rapids is in Rusk County and this would be a cooperative effort between the three government entities. Jim Genrich, Chairman of the Town of Winter stated that the pit is necessary for the town and is needed for the gravelling of West Lane and in conjunction with Cedar Rapids, this would be a good operation for everyone involved and the hauling distance would be very minimal. Motion by Johnson, second by Zietlow to approve the application subject to the provisions of NR135. Motion carried. Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values; it is necessary for infrastructure of the State and the two townships involved.
A short discussion was held on walk out basements on non-conforming structures. Olson stated that this issue would be placed on the next ZAC agenda for further discussion.
Motion by Zietlow, second by Paulsen to adjourn. Motion carried.
Minutes prepared by Cindy Yackley