WORTHINGTON - The Nobles County Planning Commission took preliminary action during a Wednesday night public hearing to approve enhancements to K-Line Properties LLC. (doing business as Chandler Feed Company) in Leota and the Nobles County Landfill northeast of Rushmore.

Derek Krosschell appeared before the commission to talk about the plans, which include the installation of load-out bins to hold 240 tons (eight semi loads) of feed. Currently, the site has storage for just one semi load of feed plus eight tons, he noted.

In addition to adding storage, the access road will be reconfigured so trucks will be able to drive in and out, instead of backing out onto the road like they do now.

The project is slated to begin in August, and is the latter of two projects planned on the site. The first includes the construction of an 88- by 24-foot scale on a tract in the southwest corner of the southwest quarter of Section 4, Leota Township. The site is directly east of the existing elevator on property previously zoned for the school.

Nobles County Planning and Zoning Administrator Kathy Henderschiedt said the plans meet all of the required setbacks and will improve the overall efficiency of the elevator.

“Eventually, we would like to add an office north of the scale, and many years down the road we will need to update the facilities there,” Krosschell said.

Also on Wednesday, the commission:

  • Gave preliminary approval to Schaap Sanitation to relocate and construct a new scale room, scale and office/shop space at the Nobles County Landfill in the northeast quarter and the east half of the northwest quarter of Section 4, Dewald Township.

“We’re going to go through some exciting changes at the landfill for the first time in many years, said Schaap Sanitation District Manager Eric Joens.

The location of the site with its nearby hills and slopes is creating a lot of ponding of runoff on the liner of the landfill, and Joens said his business is hauling a load of wastewater off the site daily. The maintenance facility onsite must be moved, and Joens said a new entrance to the site will be built on Knauf Avenue, a hard-surface road, as well as a new road on property leading back into the landfill. A new 60- by 120-foot building will be constructed on the property.

“By the time we do the facility, we’ll be about $1 million (in investment), and another $1 million in cell construction,” Joens said.

  • Gave preliminary approval to Leroy and Susan Tweet, Kenneth, to renew their permit for an existing gravel pit, aggregate crushing and stockpile site in the northwest quarter of Section 6, Lismore Township.

Leroy Tweet said he wants to scrape the remainder of the gravel off the site eventually, and noted it had been about two to three feet deep all the way across the property. His goal is to stockpile the gravel and sell it off as he can.

Henderschiedt said one neighbor called with concerns about the site, reporting that two gravel piles were too close to the road. Upon checking into the matter, she said they did not meet the required 30-foot setback from the road and will need to be moved. Tweet agreed to the request and has until Oct. 1 to do so.

Conditions placed on the permit include that noxious weeds and dust be controlled, the site be limited to 40 acres, that reclamation be done in accordance with the Nobles County Land Use ordinance and that the permit be good for six years with a review in three years.

Because the Planning Commission is only a recommending board, all of the permit requests will now advance to the Nobles County Board of Commissioners for final consideration on June 4.