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County Board approves ordinance regarding adult entertainment

Tuesday’s Pierce County Board meeting was highlighted once again by the request to amend the Pierce County Code in relation to adult entertainment uses.

To summarize, the Land Management Committee determined a new classification for Adult Entertainment uses was needed and it should be a Conditionally Permitted use in an Industrial District. Setbacks were also established to keep clubs from schools, churches, daycares and zoning districts. The Land Management committee approved the request in June, while it failed at Finance and Personnel in August.

The issue was debated for nearly 20 minutes during August’s County Board meeting, so Tuesday’s conversation didn’t last as long.

Supervisor Jerry Kosin spoke in favor of the amendment, saying the County should have something on record and not leave it to the townships. Michael Kahlow, who was one of the most vocal opponents of the amendment, described it as overly broad. Land Management Director Andy Pichotta said the language for the amendment was taken from Superior, Wis., who have more than multiple strip clubs in their city.

A roll call vote was taken with the amendment passing by a vote of 12-5. Voting no were Kahlow, Ken Snow, Greg Place, Jon Aubart and Cecil Bjork.

Approvals

The Board approved the following items:

  • Creating a wage scale for Temporary Sheriff’s Department deputies. Deputies who are certified and will be on patrol (boat and street) will now be paid $16 an hour and deputies who have completed field training will be paid $18 an hour.
  • Amending the County’s personnel policy to include a breastfeeding-friendly worksite for both employees and visitors. The site is located within the Public Health Department.
  • Purchasing a Volvo Excavator for the Highway Department. Highway Commissioner Chad Johnson said the Excavator will replace its 2004 Case CX130 Hydraulic Excavator with hydraulic hammer and hydraulic compactor attachments. The cost was for $157,000 with a buyback of $60,000 after five years.

The Board also received a proclamation from Gov. Scott Walker, celebrating 75 years of the Great River Road in 2013. Dennis Donath, who is a member of the Mississippi River Parkway Commission, presented the proclamation to Chairman Jeff Holst.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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