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Goodhue County Board briefs

Zoning ordinance gets a cleanup

Goodhue County Board voted unanimously to make six amendments to the county zoning ordinance in the hopes they would cut down on the number of variances issued by the Board of Adjustment.

A three-member Planning Advisory Commission subcommittee worked on the changes over the past year, County Board Chair Dan Rechtzigel said Tuesday.

The amendments include increasing the maximum size of accessory buildings in agricultural zones, setbacks for radio towers on bluffs and flood plain regulations for new buildings.

“The subcommittee worked very diligently on this over a number of meetings,” Zoning Administrator Mike Wozniak said.

The amendments were approved Sept. 16 by the PAC after a hearing in which no residents spoke.

Additional changes to modernize the zoning ordinance are needed, but the intimal group of amendments “represents a good start,” according to a Land-use Management report.

“They’ve got some good changes here,” Commissioner Richard Samuelson said before the vote.

Garage enters final design phase

Design of a new Public Works garage was modified slightly since being approved by County Board Sept. 17.

Four feet were added to the length of the garage in order for structural poles to line up easier in the design, Administrative Assistant Stacy Thuman said.

The structure will fill existing space near the Public Works building on Pioneer Road. Cost is estimated at $382,000 with the bulk of construction being handled by Sentence to Service workers.

Commissioners asked staff previously to make sure the garage — which will be shared by Public Works, county surveyors and Sentencing to Service — would be large enough.

“We confirmed that this does meet the current and future needs of those departments as they stand today,” Thuman said.

The county hopes to complete footings and concrete work before the first hard frost.

“We’re hoping for a really long fall,” Thuman said.

In other news…

• County Board approved a $1,200 donation from Zumbrota Area Ambulance to help pay for K9 training for Deputy Matt Bowron and his dog, Ambush.

• Erica Eggenberger, the .25 4-H program coordinator, resigned Sept. 30. Goodhue County and the 4-H Youth Leadership Council will no longer fund the position.

Meeting watch

Tuesday’s County Board meeting lasted one hour. All board members were present.

— Compiled by Michael Brun, staff writer