Planning panel OKs applications

NEW ULM — After more than 36 years of public service, Brown County Administrator Chuck Enter attended his final Brown County Planning Commission meeting Tuesday.

“Thank you for your service,” Commissioner Brian Braun said to Enter who ends his Brown County career May 31. He has attended more than 400 planning commission meetings in his career.

“It’s a collective effort of commissioner’s skills and experience,” Enter humbly said.

“Brown County is a better place because of you,” commissioner Dennis Potter said to Enter.

“They don’t teach us how to say good bye,” Enter replied.

Commissioners unanimously approved four applications Tuesday including:

• A Re-Zoning application filed by Bradley Berkner on property owned by Bryan and Belinda Berkner, Section 31, Home Township rezoning about 15 acres of land from the Industrial (I-1) Zoning District to A-1 (Agricultural). to allow an existing farm site to be considered a conforming use, motion by Commissioner John Rolloff, seconded by Commissioner Tony Berg.

• A Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application filed by David Tauer on property he owns in Section 12, Albin Township, to renew and amend an existing CUP to allow expansion from the current 375 Animal Units (AU) to 429 AU, all in the A-1 Zone, motion by Commissioner Anita Mohr, seconded by Commissioner Potter.

• A CUP filed by Brooke Knisley on property owned by John & Brooke Knisley in Harmony Acres, Section 23, Linden Township to allow an on-farm store for produce and farm products, all in the A-1 Zone, motion by Commissioner Brian Braun, seconded by Commissioner Mohr.

John Knisley said he proposes to sell only produce produced on his farm, mostly vegetables, fruit and produce. He plans to open the store two or three days a week, year-round.

Knisley said the Linden Township board approved his request and is excited about the store, the first in the township since the Linden Store closed in the 1960s.

“I think it’ll be good for the township,” Commissioner Braun said.

“I agree,” said Commissioner Tony Berg.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.