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Curt Carrigan to join McLeod County Planning Commission

December 24, 2007

By Ivan Raconteur
Staff Writer

The McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission announced during its meeting Wednesday that Brownton Mayor Curt Carrigan will join the commission to serve the remaining year of the term vacated by Board Chair Frank Boller.

Carrigan will also represent the planning commission on the board of adjustments.

Boller is stepping down Monday, Dec. 31 because he is moving and will no longer be eligible to represent the fourth district.

Boller has served on the planning commission since Jan. 1, 2001, and on the board of adjustment since Feb. 8, 2005.

Permit for a planning commission member

The board approved a conditional use permit (CUP) requested by Planning Commission Member Bill Hard for a dog kennel to house 75 dogs in Acoma Township.

Hard spent some time on the other side of the desk while the commission considered the request.

Hard and his wife, Diane, said they began keeping dogs 13 years ago.

“We changed three years ago to doing it on a more full-time basis,” Diane said.

The Hards stated they were not aware that they needed a permit for a dog kennel until Bill was appointed to the planning commission earlier this year.

The board approved the CUP, with conditions that the Hards have the facility inspected by a veterinarian annually. The planning commission will also conduct a one-year inspection of the facility.

Odds and ends

In other business, the commission:

• approved a two-lot preliminary plat requested by Paul Otto for his property located west of McLeod County Road 9 in Winsted Township.

Otto plans to combine two parcels totaling 11.53 acres to gain an additional building eligibility.

• approved a request for a CUP requested by Duane and Barb Berglund for placement of a second dwelling for family health care on a lot in Hale Township.

• approved a two-lot preliminary plat requested by Kirk Newman for his property east of County Road 54 in Hale Township.

• approved its meeting schedule for 2008. All meetings will be scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of the month except for November and December meetings, which will take place on the third Wednesday.