Town of Arena Board Minutes

January  7, 2019

 

PRESENT:  John Wright, Bill Gauger, Cathy Acker, David Lucey, Minnie Gauger, Mark Hottmann,  Ingmar Nelson, Wayne Schutte, Andrea Joo, Jim Whitaker

OTHERS:  John Halverson, Dick Peck, Ray Porter, Rod and Curtis Johnson, John English, Matt Seguim, Mike LaSisjonila, Kim Starr Shutter, Barbara Howl?, Brent Drews, Nancy Por?, Jeff Wirth, Larry J Lemont?

 

The Plan Commission meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm.  Roll call was taken. Plan Commission Quorum present.  

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Peck:  First, he is asking to enlarge the existing B-2 Hwy Lot and will need to include, as a conditional use, all existing and proposed uses on that lot.  Currently, the only approved uses on record are a farm market and craft fairs.  He’ll need to again at least request these, as well as the deer farm, petting zoo and hay rides.

 

The corn maze he has operated to the east is considered “agritainment” by definition in the county zoning ordinance.  This necessitates zoning that 10 acres to the AB-1 Ag Business district with a conditional use for agritainment.  If the Town only wants that to consist of a corn maze, it should make that a requested condition.  Here is the definition within the ordinance:

 

Agritainment

 

A farm based activity, enterprise, or business that combines the elements and characteristics of agriculture and tourism, which is not necessarily located in an existing building and may have more than one full time employee.  Examples of agritainment include:  corn mazes; hay rides; sleigh rides; petting farms; on farm tours; agricultural related museums; demonstrations of farming practices, techniques and methods; haunted barns and similar activities which are related to agriculture.

 

Finally, the balance of land south of the market that is proposed to be sold to Alsum Farms is being proposed to be zoned C-1.  This allows continued cropping, but no construction.

 

Land Division; Re-zone 3.2 acres rezone to B2 totally 5.8 Acres to existing Farm Market.  32 acres to sell to Alsums.  Needs to be re-zoned to AB-1 Ag Business. 

 

Plan Commission heard first:   Schutte motion for a Re-zone 3.3 acres rezone to B2 totally 5.8 Acres and land division to 5.8 acres and requesting deer farm, petting zoo and hay rides, brat stand, farm market, equipment storage, and craft fair  for conditional use.   Joo Seconds.  Motion carried.

 

Schutte motioned to Re-zone corn maze from A-1 to AB-1 totally 10 acres.with conditional use for Agritainment including corn mazes; hay rides; sleigh rides; petting farms; on farm tours; demonstrations of farming practices, techniques and methods; haunted barns and similar activities which are related to agriculture. Joo seconded.  Motion carried.  

 

Joo motions to Re-zone 32.447 from A-1 to C-1. Schutte seconded.  Motion carried.

 

Plan Commission is adjourned.

 

 

 

Town Board Meeting begins at 6:30. All present. Properly posted. 

Posted: Town Hall; Arena Post Office; Arena Peoples Bank; TownofArena.com; Town of Arena on Facebook; Arena BP; Grandma Mary’s

 

Wright motioned to approve the minutes of the December 3, 2018 Town Board meeting. 

Gauger seconded.  Minutes approved.

 

 

Gauger motion for a Re-zone 3.3 acres rezone to B2 totally 5.8 Acres and land division to 5.8 acres and requesting deer farm, petting zoo and hay rides, brat stand, farm market, equipment storage, and craft fair  for conditional use.   Wright Seconds.  Motion carried.

 

Gauger motioned to Re-zone corn maze from A-1 to AB-1 totally 10 acres.with conditional use for Agritainment including corn mazes; hay rides; sleigh rides; petting farms; on farm tours; demonstrations of farming practices, techniques and methods; haunted barns and similar activities which are related to agriculture. Wright seconded.  Motion carried.  

 

Gauger motions to Re-zone 32.447 from A-1 to C-1. Wright  seconded.  Motion carried.  Pd $1000 Re-zone 2, Conditional Use 3, Land Division 1. 

 

Halverson:  River Road plat showing the lot lines as drawn.  The lots have been physically marked.  Many of the owners were present.  Explained the new lot lines.  All involved were notified.  No objections from those that he has contacted to date.  If there are objections they need to contact the county soon.  All residents need to sign the quit claim deed. Would like to do it with one lawyer for all residents.  Will be submitting to the state.  Severson is opposed to paying for this. 

 

Patrolman:  No problems or concerns.  County gave us the bridge inspections.  Jim will look them over and give them to the Board.

 

No other Public comments.

 

Board of Audit

Lucey motioned to approve this report.

Total inflows for 2018 - $2,702,374.33

Total outflows for 2018 - $2,460,622.85

Balance as of Dec. 31, 2018 - $592,879.33

Wright seconded. Gauger abstained from voting. Motion carried

 

Bills:  Wright moved to approve the bills.   Gauger seconded.  Motion carried.  Bills approved.

 

Wright motioned to adjourn.  Gauger seconded.  Adjourned

 

Next meeting Feb 4, 2019.  6pm.