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Sublette Village Board discusses whether to allow zoning change

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 11th, 2013

SUBLETTE – The Sublette Village Board met on Monday, June 10 at the Ellice Dinges Center with all members present, but no one in the audience.

After approval of last month’s minutes from the Board and Committee meetings, treasurer Theresa Wilson advised that there was a CD coming due. The board approved renewing it for 12 months at .35 percent interest.

Don Dinges, Economic Development Coordinator, reported that there are float drivers for the Amboy, Mendota, and Earlville parades. The LaMoille parade was missed due to lack of a driver for the float. The Memorial Day Service went well. The Rev. Charles Yeakel of Mendota gave the Memorial Day address.

Dinges is working with Mike Hogan on the train show to be held at the Ellice Dinges Center on Saturday, Sept. 28. He has sent flyers for the train show to Dyersville, Iowa summer toy show.

He has also received a call from a Lafayette, Ind., toy show coordinator. They are going to change the date of their 2015 show so as not to conflict with Sublette.

Dinges has had a call from Minneapolis Moline Club regarding plans for 2016, which will be their National Convention, and has sent an article about the fall car show to Kaiser-Frazer Collectors club for their bulletin. He is also ready to send Fall Car Show flyers to Iola, Wis., car show and to Kaiser-Frazer National Convention in Shipshawana, Ind.

He is working with Ted Fredenhagen Class Act Band for a fundraiser concert for the Community Building.

Reservations are coming in for the One Day Tractor Ride.

Richard Klazer of the Planning Commission reported on the meeting that was held May 20, and the recommendations of that committee regarding the animal ordinance/zoning problems. They suggested that zoning for the Nick Dinges property be changed from R2 to ag to permit Nick Dinges and immediate family (wife and children) to have horses, but it would not be transferable if property changed owners. They also suggested that the village adopt the Lee County Zoning ordinance so that the subdivision plan can continue; and that to facilitate the proposed 80 x 60 building adjacent to the BP Station, the zoning be changed from R2 to commercial.

Village president John Stenzel advised that the village cannot put stipulations on a zoning change. Only the county can make zoning changes. Apparently you need to file with the county who will then petition the village of the planning commission recommendations, which may then be stated. There is also the matter of water run-off and how it would be handled.

There was also some uncertainty as to how many parcels and how each was zoned, ag or R2, regarding the Nick Dinges property. Nick Dinges was not at the meeting for clarification.

There was much discussion about the exact procedure and what can and cannot be done. Don Dinges, in reference to the building request, also was given instructions. There seemed to be different instructions given to different people as to how certain zoning changes and ordinances were to be handled. The attorney will check with the county to get the official procedure.

Village president John Stenzel advised that he has the flag that is missing from downtown. He will look into getting more stable poles for the flags and is using it as a sample.

The Janitor Contract, which expires June 30, 2013, was renewed for Brian Wilson with wages being $13 for the first year and $13.50 for the next two years.

Stenzel thought, since nothing has been decided upon for the 109 W. Main St. property, that a picture should be put on the website as future development property.

Stenzel also requested that each board member be alert for nuisance ordinance violations and report them with the address and pictures with specifics. These can then be looked into for violations.

Under new business, the board passed the Prevailing Wage Ordinance with one dissenting vote.

The board also approved the addition of Martin Vaessen to the Planning Commission.

The board approved proceeding with the plan for the Prairieview Street 40’ x 40’ detention area with the contractor to be determined by the committee.

Date reminder: July 8, 2013, monthly village board meeting, 7 p.m.; Sept. 28, 2013, Train Show; Oct. 7, 2013 planning committee meeting (unless required sooner).

After approving payment of bills and with no further business or comments, the meeting was adjourned.

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