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250-ft. communication tower on tap for LEC

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Mark Van Hooser of the Buena Vista County Communications Center recently made a request of the county board of supervisors to apply for a height and distance variance from the City of Storm Lake to allow for construction of a new communications tower for the Law Enforcement Center.

The center is now under construction, to open next year.

"We are requesting that the height variance be 275 feet but in actuality the tower will be about 250 feet," Van Hooser said.

The tower will be required to have lights on it to warn aricraft, and will be planned for a April-May installment.

Also, at last week's board of supervisors meeting, County Engineer Jon Ites reported that the county-owned property known as "Burbank" is no longer need and should be sold. The board agreed and will send out the publication notice for sealed bids to be turned in by December 12.

Dave Mortensen and Russle Post of Nokomis Township visited the board about concerns over fire safety for the possible ethanol plant in the township.

They are worried over the county obtaining the right equipment and storage to dispense the recommend foam to fight a ethanol fire.

Board Chairman Bill Lanphere asked the men to stay on top of the issue and contact other areas were ethanol plants have been and see what is done.

The final reading of the ordinance to amend zoning in the Maple Valley Township was held for Mark Walker for his organic plant and antique sales. The board approved.

The final reading of the ordinance to amend zoning for Raccoon Valley Bio-Diesel in Providence Township was also approved.

"I have heard nothing negative and all positives for the plant," Lanphere said.

Zoning Director Kim Johnson also brought up discussion about changing the text to the industrial area requirements to allow Raccoon Valley to set up a fuel station on the edge of the plot. The board agreed to give her permission to start working on the wording of such an amendment that will allow the plant to have a service station to sell biodiesel and possibly E-85 fuel.

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