Planning Commission reviews waste ordinance : The Prowers Journal

The Prowers County Planning Commission, Land Use Administrator Michelle Hiigel, along with the three county commissioners, Tom Grasmick, Wendy Buxton-Andrade, Ron Cook and County Attorney Rose Pugliese via Zoom, discussed ways in which the county’s garbage ordinance could be strengthened. with stricter enforcement. Legislating the ordinance has been an ongoing concern for years as some areas of the county have been used more as open landfills.

Pugliese said she and Hiigel are working to balance the property rights of landowners as they consider remedies for public health, safety and welfare non-compliance. “We also want to give landowners an appropriate amount of time to respond to our findings before they have to seek legal redress,” she explained at the Commission’s monthly meeting on March 9.and.

A question about the status of mobile homes in the county was discussed, specifically the age of a mobile home that is moved around the county for use as a residence or from one site to another when it is already in the county. There is no state law regulating the action, but after some discussion, the Planning Board decided that January 1, 1980 would be a deadline that provides a level of unity for other communities in the county. Pugliese added: “Any complaint against a mobile home will have to be motivated by a complaint. Michelle isn’t going to drive around the county, looking for suspected non-compliant homes for health issues. She added that any county decision will be made based on an in-person viewing and evaluation of all the factors involved.

Landfill management, particularly for vehicles that line entryways into the county, has been an unresolved concern for many years. Some operations pretend to be a body shop, arguing that all vehicles in a lot are necessary to do business. Pugliese said if that’s the case, they should be able to provide proof when they file with the state for their business operation and registration forms with the secretary of state’s office for their tax. sale.

All that aside, it remains to be seen what they look like along the highway. Some vehicles are located in a row while others spawn randomly scattered across a property. The county is setting aside funds to help defray the costs of installing screens to block view, while some owners say it simply prevents a potential customer from seeing their merchandise. Commissioner Buxton-Andrade suggested that the screens could have advertising boards built into the wall. Feedback from business owners would be helpful, she added.

The discussion of RV parking regulations focused on the language defining an RV park versus an RV site. Current county regulations cover one site, but it has been suggested that you must have the park before you have a site. Planning Commission board member Jim Larrick said he has spoken to some farmland owners who are being approached to provide ten RV spaces for workers moving to the county for future wind turbine projects in the region. Larrick said it could turn into a long-term residency, not just for a few months. Member Chad Hart looked at what the future use of recreational vehicles on agricultural land for tourist visits might be. “We’re going to see situations develop where RV campers may want to park on farmland or ranches for a visit to the operation,” he said, this type of visit is expected to increase . The Commission will consider aspects of development as a tourist site or permanent residence.

In another action, the Planning Commission has filed an action on reorganizing the council until their April meeting when all members are present. Belinda Sturges replaces Clifford Boxley as a new member.

Council approved subdivision applications for Eric Ellenberger, Harold and Nikki Reed and Nicholas and Tylynn Weber. Mark Carrigan, representing SD Farms, LLC, was asked to submit a request corresponding to his request to modify two dishes divided into three.
By Russ Baldwin

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