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EcoEnergy to add meteorological tower

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government

Don Miller, representing EcoEnergy LLC, explained to the Planning Commission at their May 21 meeting that the additional tower would be located in the Southwest portion of the proposed wind farm west of Harmony. The property is in Bristol Township, owned by Robert Biel.

Miller said the application was for a 60 meter tower and was under the 200 foot limit that requires lighting at night by the FFA. It is a temporary tower to evaluate the wind resource in the area.

Commissioner Duane Bakke asked about the disposal of the tower. Miller explained that this size tower is not set in concrete and would be taken down and reused at another location.

There was no comment from the public. The Conditional Use Permit for the tower was approved unanimously.

Miller added a change has been made by the state as to the distribution of the production payments at the rate of .12 per kilowatt hour from the wind farms. It had been 80% to the county, 14% to the township, and 6% to the school district. It is now 80% to the county and 20% to the township.

Sub-Surface Sewage

Treatment Systems

(SSTS) Ordinance

Members of the committee had in hand a draft for a new ordinance for SSTS. Because they had not had an opportunity to review the changes, it will be discussed more fully at the next meeting. Assistant Zoning Administrator Mike Frauenkron explained the state rules were changed and counties have been given three years to get their ordinances in compliance. Once the county approves the ordinance it will be sent to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for their approval to complete the process.

Frauenkron noted the Association of Minnesota Counties drafted the template for the ordinance. Chairman Brad Erickson remarked that they can't be less restrictive than the state guidelines. Frauenkron added the county can add restrictions in specific areas to fit the county. He said 90% of the draft ordinance is state language.

Steve Duxbury asked as an example if he were to add a bedroom, would he then have eighteen months to get in compliance. Frauenkron said that is right. Also, the new draft would detail procedures to be taken when a property owner is not in compliance.

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