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Planning Commission to recommend permit for vehicle storage

WORTHINGTON -- Members of the Nobles County Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for Jose Vasquez, Worthington, to store up to 30 vehicles on his site at 19378 Paul Ave.

WORTHINGTON - Members of the Nobles County Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for Jose Vasquez, Worthington, to store up to 30 vehicles on his site at 19378 Paul Ave.

Vasquez first appeared before the commission in February after complaints were issued about the number of vehicles parked on the site in the southwest quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 23, Elk Township. He has reported to the commission several times since, steadily reducing the number of vehicles on site from the original count of about 100.

As of Wednesday, Environmental Services Director Mark Koster estimated approximately 30 vehicles remained. Those don’t include Vasquez’s personal vehicles or collector automobiles. Many of the cars belong to customers of Vasquez’s repair shop in Worthington, and are stored onsite until the clients can pay their repair bill.

Kathy Henderschiedt, the county’s planning and zoning administrator, recommended the commission approve Vasquez’s request for a conditional use permit to operate the home extended business.

In other action, the planning commission approved a request from Lismore Cooperative Telephone Co., to construct a 300-foot telecommunications tower on land owned by Ahlers Holdings LLC, Fulda. The parcel is located in the southwest quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 13, Seward Township.

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Earlier in the evening, the Nobles County Board of Adjustment approved a request to vary from the required 500-foot setback from any neighboring home to construct the tower at the site. The variance allows LCTC to construct the tower 400 feet from the building site.

“We’ve got two more towers in the works that will complete the broadband ring,” said Stan Townsend of Finley Engineering. Each tower will serve customers within a five-mile radius, and up to seven or eight miles. The tower will be lighted at the top and at 150 feet.

Commission members approved the request with conditions that all permits be in place before construction begins, and that the landowner is responsible for weed control and fencing around the base of the tower.

Both of the recommendations made by the commission will now go to the Nobles County Board of Commissioners for final action at its Sept. 5 board meeting.

 

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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