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County Board approves land zone request

The June 25 Pierce County Board of Supervisors meeting was highlighted by a man who wasn’t even there.

By a vote of 15-0, the board approved the request of William F. Holst to rezone approximately 175 acres from general rural flexible to industrial in the Town of Trenton.

The land is located between Hwy. 35 and CTH K. The request received approval from the Town of Trenton Board and the land management committee earlier this year. Trenton stipulated a berm be established and a 300-foot buffer zone to remain zoned agriculture along K.

Yet, those in attendance warned the board Holst will likely be back. Deb McClure from the Town of Oak Grove believes Holst wants the development to be associated with frac sand mining in some way, and told the board there are neighbors who are concerned about the potential traffic and noise that would bring. She urged the board to consider what the Pepin County Board did recently, banning frac sand mining along a 10-mile stretch of Lake Pepin.

Land Management Director Andy Pichotta assured those in the crowd whatever future plans Holst has will have to be approved at the town level first, and then onto the county level next.

“It has to meet the town’s comprehensive plan before it reaches the county,” he said. “No one knows the town better than the town board.”

McClure’s plea seemed to strike something with Supervisor Ruth Wood, who said the board should have an open discussion on what to do with frac sand mines in Pierce County.

“How much should we have versus how much do we have,” she said.

The vote was 15-0; Supervisors Jeff Holst and Dan Reis were absent from the meeting.

The second item involving William Holst was accepting his bid of $455,000 for purchasing a portion of the Stogdill Pit, also located in the Town of Trenton. The county agreed to sell the estimated 29 acres of property, which the highway department formerly used. This property and the other property which was rezoned are immediately adjacent to each other.

The board also approved providing a letter of support for the public health department to be accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board. Public Health Director Sue Galoff explained incentives for achieving accreditation include potential access to new funding streams and streamlining of grant reporting.

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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