By Jim Wright, Correspondent
The Scenic View campsites saga may be settled by the Morrison County Board of Commissioners at Tuesday’s business meeting, June 23. The vote will be whether to approve the Scenic View Resort owner’s request for a conditional use permit (CUP) from the county to add 30 campsites to the existing 130 sites already on the grounds of his property on Fish Trap Lake
After voting, 4 – 1, June 9, to not require an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW), as requested by a petition signed by more than 120 Fish Trap Lake property owners, the commissioners talked with Scenic View owner Jeff Hardy about the many stipulations which may accompany the permit if it is approved — although County Administrator Deb Gruber said they were just “suggestions for discussion” at the time.
Hardy said that most of the suggestions were already in effect on his property or in the process of being done.
The commissioners agreed that all necessary inspections and assessments have been accomplished, or will be, by the County Planning and Zoning Department, the Morrison County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).
Commissioner Kevin Maurer was the lone commissioner to vote to have the EAW required to “ensure that the lake is protected and because of the petition,” he said.
Hardy said he looked into the cost of having an EAW done, and that the estimates ranged from $10,000 – $40,000.
The Board agreed members have heard and read enough public comment on the matter during the past four months and won’t allow more comments from the public at Tuesday’s meeting.
The county has consulted with the Department of Natural Resources, the SWCD and the MPCA, as well as receiving inspection reports from the county’s Planning and Zoning administrator and the Public Works engineer.