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Fri, Jul 13th, 2001
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Monday, July 16, 2001

Following a week off to observe the Fourth of July, the County Board whisked through an unusually short meeting last week, coming to adjournment a mere 87 minutes after the call to order.
Masonic Park trees to go

At the recommendation of Commissioner Harry Root, the board authorized the removal and sale of at least five trees, and perhaps as many as seven or eight, from the new county Masonic Park near Spring Valley.

Jeff Wand of Root River Hardwoods, Preston, submitted an unsolicited written proposal to the board to harvest "five large, mature trees (four basswood-one walnut)" from the park. Wand noticed the flood-damaged trees while working on an adjoining property and recommended they be removed to enhance regeneration of new trees. His proposal offered the county a total of $425.00 for the five trees.

During the discussion, Commissioner Root informed the board that he had met with Wand at the park to look at the trees and was satisfied that the recent floods had damaged the trees.

"In my opinion, it might be more of a service to us," offered Root in concurring with Wandís recommendation. "ÖI would recommend harvesting the trees."

Root noted that there could be as much as 4 to 5 feet of sand and gravel deposited at the base of the trees, and that "once they get in there" they might find as many as seven or eight trees that need to be cut.

Commissioner Marc Prestby seemed convinced that this proposal was a good one and motioned to sell the trees to Wandís company. A second to the motion came from Root, as well as an amendment from Commissioner Duane Bakke to have Commissioner Root present when Root River Hardwoods scales the trees after cutting. No mention was made of what the scale rate might be. The motion carried unanimously.

The Spring Valley Lodge #58 donated the land for the Masonic Park to the County in 1999.

Zoning Plan input sought

During committee reports, Commissioner Bakke briefly discussed the proposed zoning district map introduced at the Planning Commission meeting on June 28. Bakke noted that the plan, as presented, is "quite a change in the ordinance."

"We are looking to have people comment now," explained Bakke.

"Are there going to be some local meetings?" inquired Policy Coordinator Karen Brown.

"I donít know," responded Bakke. "But itís going to be a big issue over the next 5 to 6 months."

According to Bakke, public comments on the proposed Ag District rezoning plan should be addressed to the Fillmore County Planning Commission.

Recycling guide coming

Recycling Coordinator Sandra Benson is working with Waste Management, Inc. to prepare a recycling guide for public distribution. The one-page, two-sided fact sheet will explain the new recycling and garbage programs that recently went into effect.

The board approved a low bid from Kelly Printing to have the guide printed for distribution to all Fillmore County residents. In response to questions from the board, Benson noted that Waste Management is helping with the cost of producing the guide to educate the public on the new program.

"I want something they can take out and tack on the refrigerator," Ms. Benson explained to the board.

Other county waste haulers who would like to help sponsor the printing should contact Bensonís office.

By Mike McGrath

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