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February 25, 2020

1/27/2020 10:43:00 AM
Back to the drawing board for Town of Brigham land use change request

Fourteen people signed up to speakon a proposal that would allow a zoning change in the Town of Brigham that could pave the way for a quarry operation.
Speakers opposed feel the change is against the comprehensive plan previously adopted by the township. Also stated was that the area is mostly residential and the request for a 100 acre operation is larger than the plan allows which is 40 acres.
Destroying the beauty of the area along with dust an traffic problems are also concerns.
Ben Schreder, a representative of Bard Materials said he feels the company did not receive a fair hearing on a conditional use request. He asked that it go back to the planning commission to further consider the use. He said even with approval the conditional use has to be revisited every five years.
Attorney Tia Fischer said the property is in the farmland preservation zoning district and that would allow an ag supported business.
"We need quarries to help maintain our roads," she said.
Robert Jensen, who owns the property in question, said there was a quarry on the property the county used from the 1940s to the 1960s. He asked that consideration be given to what would happen without quarries.
The Town of Brigham attorney appeared on behalf of the town chairman and asked that the decision to deny be upheld.
Another concern was that development in that area would be stymied if the quarry is allowed.
The Palmer horse farm across from the proposed quarry would be severely affected in a negative way according to their attorney. He said decisions should be made according to the township's comprehensive plan.
Doug Palmer commented he and his wife have lived at their location since the 1980s and said anyone here would have the same opposition if they lived there.
When it came to the request for the land use change to allow the quarry, Supervisor Ron Benish asked for a motion to deny the request and send it back to planning and zoning for Brigham Township to work out. Supervisor Gollon suggested it be returned with no recommendation.
Supervisor Curtis Peterson, Jr. cautioned the board to not talk about something not on the agenda which is the quarry. He said the land use change request is for a land use change only and does not say quarry on the agenda.
Supervisor Justin O'Brien asked for clarification from zoning commissioner Scott Godfrey.
Godfrey gave his take on the matter and said the statute provides for due process. He read the legal opinion from corporation counsel and gave the board his suggestion on what the board should do at this time. He said a hearing on the conditional use permit should be held and a recommendation be returned.
Gollon said he has no recollection of the board denying a request to go from A1 to Ag Business. He said the conditional use permit is where the approval or denial takes place.
Supervisor James Griffiths said he feels the board should follow the wishes of the Town of Brigham Board and forget about the legal business.

Supervisor Joan Davis said she favors sending the matter back to committee and follow the suggestions of the zoning administrator.
Chairman John Meyers said with the legal opinion coming late last night he feels the board needs time to digest the legal advice.
A motion by Griffiths to table received no second.
The motion to accept the recommendation of the zoning committee which would kill the zoning change and not send it back to the committee received seven yes votes and 13 no votes.
Supervisor Ray moved to send the matter back to committee for reconsideration with direction to bring back a recommendation to approve the change then let the board take the final vote.
Benish said he is concerned the board is taking authority away from the local governing body and urged the board to vote no.
The motion to return the matter to committee lost 9-11.
Godfrey said the board needs to obtain legal counsel as both ways the board could deal with it have been voted down.
"It might be a matter of a new application," Godfrey said.
The matter is now in the hands of legal counsel to sort out.
In other business the board then passed a motion to approve Debra Siegenthaler of Argyle for the position of Health Department Director..
The board also approved the appointment of Bill Ladewig to the Pecatonica Rail Commission.
Approved was a resolution to request state and federal highway grants for work on County Highway F. The project is projected to be $5,000,000 with grants making the county share around $2,000,000.
The board approved the resolution 18-2.
In other action the board voted to withdraw from the Tri-County Airport joint ownership with Sauk and Richland counties. The airport is experiencing flood problems and may have to be moved.
The motion to withdraw passed 19-0.
The emergency fire wardens list was approved. They will be Whiskey Row Saloon, Avoca; Heck's Market, Arena; Highland State Bank, Town of Dodgeville and Wright's Feed Service, Barneveld.

Kyle Levetzow who farms in the Town of Dodgeville read a statement about the SWIGG study on behalf of the Iowa County Farm Bureau. The statement said reporting has been faulty and incomplete. He asked for a joint press release when it is time for the study facts to be released.. He asked for board support but it was not an agenda item so Levetzow left the statement with the clerk.
"I love 4-H," said Dana Haanson who was honored by the board for having achieved the highest possible award in 4-H Youth Development in Wisconsin. The senior at Dodgeville High School said 4-H has shaped who she is today. She plans to attend Lakeland College at Sheboygan for further study.
The board approved a resolution of commendation for Dana.
The board also recognized Cathy Tanner for her years of service at Bloomfield Manor and Janet Russell for her years of service assisting law enforcement.
The board heard a request from Jerry Huffmann, a representative of the 2020 Census, asking for volunteers to help with the census. He said each person counted is worth $1500 in grant money.
"You don't want anyone missed," he said.
Huffmann has met with Iowa County Clerk Greg Klusendorf to start preparations and now needs people to volunteer to help with the count. The board passed a motion of support.
Iowa County Extension's Barry Hottmann showed a video of the solar panel project which was completed at the Health and Human Services building. He said the project has an 11 year payback. The panels are on the roof facing south on the east, west and south portions. He said life expectancy is 30 years and there are very little maintenance costs associated with the project.
The board thanked Hottmann for bringing the project to them and his commitment to renewable energy..
Supervisor Bruce Paull discussed a meeting he attended concerning detention, calling it a sad case that people are put in something similar to a weekend prison. He said more involvement is needed to make the situation better,
Four land use requests were approved by the board in the town of Arena, Dodgeville and two in Waldwick.
























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