Land use changes are approved by Benton County

Benton County Service Center

By Jim Magdefrau

VINTON – Routine land use matters were on the agenda for the Benton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 1, at the Benton County Service Center.

A land use hearing was set for June 29 at 9:15 a.m. for Karlee and Ryan Kasal, for land in Section 17, Florence Township.

A farm exemption was approved for James and Constance Drahos for land in Parcel A, Section 30, Leroy Township. They plan to build a new home on a farm homestead Jim owns. Land Use Administrator Marc Greenlee said this qualifies for a farm exemption. 

A land use hearing was held for David Sutton for land in Section 34, Iowa Township. He would like to use one acre. Greenlee said this land has already been developed, which put it into violation of the land use ordinance for a year.  Greenlee worked to get the property into compliance rather than filing charges. He felt this was after the fact, but it still needed to be reviewed. The land was not in production. The driveway meets the county’s criteria. The septic system does not have a permit. It is now a holding tank. The contractor agreed to comply with an inspection. He said the request is not contrary to the ordinance. Greenlee said they try to be fair and consistent in the requests. The request was approved. 

Other business

Permission was given for the Vinton Parks and Recreation Department to use the courthouse lawn on June 17 and Oct. 30.

Adam Rodenberg of Middle Cedar Valley Watershed Management Authority met with the board regarding a letter for the Iowa Economic Development Authority that requests a time extension from Dec. 31, 2021 to June 30, 2022. 

Benton County Transportation Director Dana Burmeister met with the board on hiring a new driver, Robin Lance Hoffman, at $14.95 per hour.

Benton County Engineer Myron Parizek received approval for a utility permit for ATC Communications, Atkins Telephone Company, in Florence Township. This is to provide service to a new house in the area. A quote was also approved for a motor grader. The Newhall grader is up for replacement. They approved a new John Deere for Martin Equipment for $264,350, and an additional $22,600 for snow equipment.

Supervisor Gary Bierschenk gave an update on funding for mental health, as county funding for this will gradually go down and all money will come from the state. He felt that counties like Benton that are doing a good job will be penalized, and those like Polk who are doing a poor job will be rewarded. 

Bierschenk also talked with the engineer on signs at the intersection north of Keystone that will state north-south traffic does not stop. This led to discussion on the intersection with Highways 30 and 21, north of Belle Plaine, when work will start and what will be used as detours.

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