by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer
A conditional use permit (CUP) for the expansion of Auger’s Resort was approved by the Morrison County Board, Tuesday. The permit was granted to the Auger Family Living Trust with five conditions, as recommended by the Planning Commission.
Auger’s Resort must provide for a septic inspection by Oct. 31, which includes the pumping of the tanks. Empty tanks, seals/gaskets and the surrounding soil must be checked for structural integrity and signs of leaks.
A current certificate of septic system compliance must be maintained on file with the County Planning and Zoning Office. The certificate requires an inspection every three years.
Land use permits must be obtained prior to the construction of decks or other structures in the camping area.
Ten percent of the land in the Tier I area must be returned to and maintained in a vegetated state.
Auger’s must sign and encourage the use of walking paths.
Commissioner Kevin Maurer moved to add a sixth condition that would require the resort to pump the septic tanks both in the spring and in the fall, a practice Auger’s is already following. The motion failed by a 2-3 vote, with Commissioners Don Meyer, Duane Johnson and Randy Winscher opposed.
Maurer then proposed another condition requiring that Auger’s meet with Morrison County Soil and Water Conservation to look at options for addressing the water issues within the resort by the end of 2014. That motion failed by the same vote.
“We’ve had two public hearings on this issue,” Johnson said. “There’s no sense piling too much on.”
The CUP with five conditions passed by a 4-1 vote, with Maurer dissenting.
“I cannot be in favor of approving a CUP with the issue of standing water not addressed,” Maurer said. “Pumping over the hill is not a good option, with the noise complaints from the neighbors.”