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Monday, September 25, 2000

There wasnt a whole lot happening Thursday night when the Fillmore County Planning Commission held their monthly meeting. In fact, the meeting may just go down in history as one of the shortest ever.

First on the agenda was Ed Trost representing the company Signs for Success. The company would like to erect a billboard near the NAPA store a mile north of Preston. Trost said the sign would be twenty-five feet in height and would be illuminated until midnight.

The commission voted to approve the permit, which will be sent on to the county board for final approval.

The rest of the meeting was devoted to discussing the issue of sawmills in the Ag District. Zoning Officer Norm Craig said that he had counted fifteen sawmills in the county that would need permitting under a new amendment to the county zoning ordinance.

The commission members seemed to be in agreement that they did not want to require sawmill operators to renew their permits every five years, as is the case with rock and sand quarry businesses.

Planning Commission Chairman Brian Hazel wondered if wording could be put into the amendment that would require a review rather than a renewal every five years. The cost of renewing a permit for quarries is $500 every five years. The review would be a type of inspection that would not require a fee.

After discussion, the commission instructed Norm Craig to add wording to the amendment that would require "review of all permitted sawmills at least once every five years."

Craig said he would consult with County Attorney Matt Opat as to the proper and legal wording for the amendment. The amendment to the county zoning ordinance regarding sawmills will then be presented to the county board.

Craig gave a quick update on the feedlot registration program. He said that the ads on the radio and in the papers seemed to be working well.

"(Feedlot Officer) Mike Frauenkron is getting inundated with registrations," Craig said. "Hes got 125 in so far."

Feedlot operators have until the end of this year to register their feedlots at no cost. After that a registration fee will be imposed.

And with that, the meeting was over.

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