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County board votes to combine two committees

In a series of amendments adopted last week, the Pierce County Board made the shooting range committee a subcommittee of the parks committee and changed its membership.

The current shooting range committee has two citizen members and three county board members. The new subcommittee will have four county board members and one citizen member.

The parks committee also has a citizen member, but that will be a different person than the shooting range committee citizen member.

The four county board members of the parks committee will serve on the shooting range committee. Subcommittee meetings, when they are held, will be immediately after parks committee meetings.

The rationale given for the change is to streamline the committee process. The change will take effect Jan. 1.

The county's shooting range--which has 25-yard, 50-yard and 100-yard ranges--is north of Ellsworth on 610th Avenue about a half mile east of Hwy. 65.

The range is available for use by county residents and their guests. A part-time worker supervises the range. The hourly shooting fee is $4, the daily fee is $10 and the annual fee is $40.

In October, the range will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. November hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The range will be open the full week prior to the opening of the deer gun season.

Dam plan

In other business, the board gave final approval to a plan to take up to $10,000 from the county's $1 million Park Development Fund to help build a dam at Nugget Lake Park.

The money will pay a third of the cost of the earthen dam at the county park. The dam is one of two and will cost $25,250. Of that cost, approximately $8,400 will come from the development fund and the rest from the land conservation department's budget.

The intent of the dam, the second of two, is to reduce flooding and erosion and trap sediment. It will also provide some wildlife habitat.

Money in the Park Development Fund can only be used to buy, develop or expand land for parks or other recreational uses.

To help meet that requirement, signs will be installed to explain to the public the function of the dam.

Zoning applications

These rezoning requests were introduced and are set for approval at the next county board meeting:

--A request from the 16 heirs of William Johnson to rezone 25.87 acres in the Town of Isabelle from General Rural to Rural Residential-20.

Land Management Committee Vice Chairman Don Nellessen said the rezoning will increase the potential residential density of this land, which is along Hwy. 35 and adjacent to Bay City.

The General Rural District allows for four parcels per 40 acres and currently would allow for the creation of two lots on this land. The Rural Residential-20 District allows for 20 parcels per 40 acres and could allow the creation of 13 lots there.

--A request from Liborio and Maria Ramirez to rezone 23.19 acres in the Town of Oak Grove from Rural Residential-12 to General Rural Flexible-8.

"This would be a down zone," said Land Management Committee Member Jeff Holtz. The rezoning will reduce the potential housing density on the land, but will allow the owners to keep horses there.

Rural Residential-12 doesn't permit horses on the property. The Ramirezes plan to build a horse barn.