LS County Board OK’s CUP for work at German Lake

The Le Sueur County Board of Commissioners gave its approval of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for some grading and filling work at German Lake, which is located north of Elysian.

Environmental and P&Z Director Kathy Brockway presented the application as an agenda item for the Tuesday, Jan. 29, county board meeting, recommending consideration by the commissioners:

Hugh Valiant, Waterville (applicant), Robert & Rita Kunz (owner), request a CUP to allow grading & filling of approximately 20 cubic yards of material within the shore impact zone in a Recreational Residential District on a Recreational Development lake, German Lake, in Glens Beach Subdivision, Elysian Township.

The planning commission had recommended approval with conditions: Follow the plan as submitted in regard to construction, erosion control and native plantings; Abide by the County Zoning Ordinance as to path width; Control runoff from the path to ensure no erosion problem in future; Slope to be consistent with adjoining properties. Prior to the 5-0 vote of approval, Board Chair Steve Rohlfing said, “It appears everything is in order and this is a good plan for the project.”

Brockway also reminded the board that the new zoning ordinance takes effect February 1, and can be found in its entirety on-line.

The board also: • Received a report of interest received on county funds from Auditor-Treasurer Joe Boettcher. He said total interest collected in 2012 was $351,203.39, but with rates now much lower than previously, reductions are anticipated. “Some certificates which were earning between 3.5% and 4.5% have reached maturity and have to be renewed, and will now be at about 1.5%,” said Boettcher. He added that the state auditors recommend 40% of the budget be held in reserve.

• Gave approval for the sheriff’s department to hire a part time temporary person to help at the front desk 2-3 days a week, due to the heavy workload of gun permit applications, requiring thorough background checks. “The increase in permits is happening all over the country,” commented Sheriff Tom Doherty.