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Committee's work not done

In a relatively brief meeting last week, the Pierce County Board voted to extend the termination date of a temporary committee that is studying existing economic and industrial development groups.

The committee, created in late June, was originally set to submit a report by Aug. 31. The new deadline is Feb. 1, 2007.

Supervisor Jim Camery, Town of Clifton, said the committee asked the various groups for information, but the data came back in "disparate forms." He said the committee will try again to collect the information it wants.

The purpose of the ad hoc committee is "to investigate the issue of potential redundancy of effort and financial resources involving the different groups."

The board heard a first reading on a resolution to charge out-of-county residents $15 for non-criminal fingerprinting services.

Some workers, including teachers and bankers, are required to provide fingerprint cards to their employers.

Supervisors were told many Minnesota residents come here for the fingerprint services because Pierce County hasn't been charging a fee.

The $15 fee is expected to cover the cost of labor, equipment and supplies for the cards. The resolution will come for a vote at the next county board meeting.

These rezoning requests were approved:

--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.

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 would have allowed the creation of two lots on this land. The Rural Residential-20 District allows for 20 parcels per 40 acres and will allow the creation of 13 lots here.

--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 is a "down zone." The rezoning will reduce the potential housing density on the land, but will allow the owners to keep horses. Rural Residential-12 doesn't permit horses on the property.