HJ/EDHerald Journal / Enterprise Dispatch, Nov. 21, 2005

New Beginnings withdraws application for rehab home

By Lynda Jensen

A proposed home for recovering drug addicts, previously proposed in Stockholm Township between Howard Lake and Cokato, is officially off the township agenda.

Gil Gilchrist of New Beginnings withdrew the application request for a permit needed to construct such a home at the township meeting last Monday.

“I am sorry for any problems it may have caused,” Gilchrist commented Thursday, having also apologized during the meeting to those who attended as well.

He didn’t intend to leave a bad taste in anyone’s mouth, Gilchrist said.

The need for a home remains, and he will simply have to keep looking for a new location, he said. The house in question will be sold, he said.

“I’ve got to find some place that wants me,” Gilchrist said Thursday, saying he will be in contact with cities and other entities to find a new location.

Previously, the Stockholm Township planning and zoning board unanimously voted to recommend denial of a permit to the township board.

The board did not need to take official action Monday because Gilchrist withdrew the application, said township clerk Amanda Ziedler.

Planning and zoning followed the advice of its attorney, William Goodrich, who indicated the home was not a permitted use in general agriculture zoning; and in may presents a prohibited use.

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