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5/25/2017 1:37:00 PM
County Board takes back surrendered sled dog permit

The owners of Sunrise Township property proposed to house dozens of sled dogs have surrendered their Interim Use Permit, because they felt it was not in the dogs’ best interests to keep them indoors, even just overnight.  The IUP was approved by the county commissioners in November 2016 for Ryan Anderson and Melissa Carpentier Anderson,  for their property on River Road.  They planned to confine the dogs outdoors 24/7 with individual small huts. They explained they are sled dogs and as mushers they wished to maintain the outdoors exposure that the dogs are accustomed to.

The County Board required a kennel to house the animals inside at night, however, to reduce anticipated noise, possible interaction with wildlife, etc.  The kennelization was part of the permit conditions.

The mushers wrote to the county saying they could not in good conscience put the dogs indoors,  so they were voluntarily surrendering the permit and will not move forward on the sled dog operation.

Another permit was surrendered to the county. This one was for a metal arts business on North Lake Drive, in Nessel Township, that was approved in 2015.

The permit is no longer needed due to “changes in family circumstances.”

There were a couple of platting applications newly-approved last week by the County Board:

~ Isaiah Maring Gathering Venue in Fish Lake Twsp. got a Conditional Use Permit upon the submittal of what the Zoning Administrator said was an acceptable landscaping plan.

Commissioner Mike Robinson told the zoning official that his constituents have asked about the permit ensuring there is proper waste disposal provided (ie no burning) and sufficient septic system capacity-- and that event attendance is limited to 50 on weekdays and 250 on weekends and the number of events also be limited. These were made part of the record.

~ Approval was given to a Interim Use Permit for Pete’s Rubbish Hauling to be based at 51680 Fairfield Ave. Rushseba Township.

~ Two new lots were approved to be subdivided out from 16 acres,  owned by Roger and Julie Grell, at 5012 Acacia Way in Nessel Twsp.

Swedish Immigrant Trail
The Board also supported, with Commissioner Walker absent, and Commissioner Rick Greene abstaining, action to secure the “segment F” portion of the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail, between Tern Ave and where the trail terminates east of Shafer.
Commissioner Greene said he has relatives who own property within the bike trail route.

County Administrator told the Board that last week’s meeting was the point where the county must fish or cuts bait, meaning a deadline for committing a state grant to this project needs to be met and the route has to be defined.  Staff was advised by Commissioner Robinson to “...do what you have to do so we don’t lose a million dollars (from the state.)”

Environmental Services Director Kurt Schneider said there’s been “quite a bit of good success” negotiating with this group of property owners to acquire easement to extend the full trail route. Staff will report back at the next Board meeting.

Meanwhile, during public microphone on the agenda at 7 p.m., a property owner adjacent to Center City (not in this route acquisition phase) declared his opposition to this east-west leg of this regional trail, that ultimately will connect Taylors Falls to the north-south Sunrise Prairie Trail in Wyoming-Stacy to North Branch-Harris.  

Landowner Max Gustafson said he came to speak “to put a name and a face” to landowners who are being affected by the trail project.

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