County Board unanimously votes down rezoning request

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer


A rezoning application brought to the Morrison County Commissioners Tuesday was unanimously voted down.

A structure replacement in 2012 brought to light the fact that Auger’s Resort was out of compliance with the density of the structures on their property. They had requested to be rezoned “shoreland commercial” to become compliant.

Following public input at a hearing last week, the Board was in agreement with community members who did not want the zoning change.

“They now have three options to become compliant,” said Planning and Zoning Administrator Amy Kowalzek. “The board could allow them to exceed the required density as a variance; the Augers could reduce the number of structures; or they could allow more square footage to be used in the calculation.”

“It’s not just your problem; it’s a water drainage issue for the whole lake,” said Commissioner Kevin Maurer.

“The lakeowners association needs to get together to address water quality. Note that just because something’s in compliance doesn’t mean it’s not a concern,” he said.


Other business coming before the Morrison County Commissioners Tuesday included:

• Proclaiming April to be Sexual Assault Awareness Month; April 19 to be Distraction-Free Driving Day and April 21-27 to be National Crime Victims’ Rights Week;

• Approving a large assembly permit application for Pierz Freedom Fest;

• Approving a 2013 new establishment license for the Little Falls Senior Center and a 2013 seasonal establishment renewal for Shamineau Acres Resort in Motley;

• Approving the 2013 abstract of tax abatements for eight parcels of land as presented by Assessor Glen Erickson;

• Approving a 2013 renewal and consumption and display permit for the Falls Ballroom;

• Approving the awarding of a contract to low bidder Traffic Marking Service for $140,320.74 for ground in pavement highway markings. “As part of the Toward Zero Deaths initiative, safety plans for individual counties include certain roads having white edging with certain beads to improve retro reflectivity,” said Public Works Director Steve Backowski;

• Approving a contract for permanent pavement markings to Traffic Marking Service for $84,480.78 for normal upkeep of highways; and

• Authorizing Backowski to move forward on filling a vacancy for environmental and administrative supervisor for the Public Works Department. “This person has accounting and permitting tasks and oversees the solid waste ordinance compliance,” Backowski said.

The County Board will hold a planning meeting Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.