10/25/2013 2:26:00 PM Stanton Township to look again at campground ordinance
by Paul Martin
Stanton Township will look again at a controversial ordinance change made in December 2012. Under the change, campgrounds were made an "acceptable use" in the R-1 (low density residential) zone, which covers most of the sections of the Township just south of Lake Byllesby and east of Hwy 24. The change was strongly supported by former Board Chair Vince Cockriel, and was associated with an application by Dave Lorentz to open a campground on the site of the former Spring Garden Nursery.
At the October 15 meeting, Supervisor Dave Pederson proposed holding a Public Hearing before the Planning Commission on the subject of reversing the ordinance change. Board Chair Bob Benson seconded the motion, which passed 3 to 0. The Public Hearing will allow residents to speak out again on the subject.
Lee Tollefson of Max Johnson Trucking had written to request an extension to the temporary zoning certificate on the Whitson Pit. The Board gave approval in March for a two-acre pit to be reopened temporarily on the Whitson Farm, one mile east of Hwy 56 on Hwy 19. The material was to be used on the Hwy 19 project. "We will clean up the existing pit, and restore the land afterwards," Tollefson promised the Board at the time. "This is just a one-time deal, as the owner does not want to lose any more farmland."
Tollefson's new request would run through 2014, and allow finishing the excavation of the stripped area, removal of recycled roadbuilding material, and cleanup of the site.
Pederson said, "Before we allow this extension, which would run for the whole of next year, we need more details of what exactly is proposed." The Board agreed. Pederson will attempt to find out more before the November meeting.
Zoning certificates were given to William Hoyt, of Cherry Lane, to build a 14 x 14 sunroom in place of his existing deck; and for Jeff Harty, of 57th Avenue, to construct a 30 x 36 shed on his property.
The Board noted that some of the old Maltby Preserve land, between Sciota Trail and the Lake, has been rezoned as R-1 by the County. The Stanton Zone was already R-1. Although the County's R-1 zone allows for two-acre lots, Stanton's mandates five-acre lots. The stricter Town standard would apply.
Paul Schluter has resigned from the Planning Commission. Town Clerk Cheryle Peters noted that the Planning Commission wants to replace Schluter, so that it can continue with five members. Peters will prepare a short list of names, and circulate it to Board members.
Treasurer Jennifer Ritzman reported October receipts of $28.47 and disbursements of $11,708.86. Liquid Cash is $217,040.34 and Investments stand at $114,199.87, for a total of $331,240.21. The Board approved placing $50,000 from the General Fund in a CD. The Penfield Fund has been fully paid off.
Quotes will be taken to install guard rails on both sides of the Oxford Mill Bridge.