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May 18, 2015 APC Meeting

Town of Santa Claus
Advisory Planning Commission

Date: 5-18-2015

Meeting called to order: 5:30 pm CST

Members Present: J. Stillman, R. Luthy, K. Burke, R. Grundhoefer, S. Clark

Members Absent: J. Voges, S. Elliott

Also Present: P. Brown, representatives of Hassfurther Farms, members of Verizon Wireless, and subcontractor- Melissa Overpeck, Debbie Rhodes, Dave Herndon

Review of Minutes: Luthy presents for approval, minutes from April, 2015 meeting. Motion to approve minutes made by Burke, second by Stillman. Motion carries unanimous.

Old Business: None

New Business: Holiday World re-zoning/ temporary cell tower.

HOWO had not completed paperwork required for presentation and ensuing public hearing. It is explained, that HOWO is responsible for filing rezoning request, and other proceedings.

It is explained by wireless employees, that the existing tower is temporary. Commission Presidents query’s;“ what does temporary mean?” It is explained via FCC definition, “up to two years’ is considered temporary. Wireless employees go on to explain pre- and construction process, which entails, cultural, historical, and etc. investigation.

Commission President explains the rezoning process; paperwork must be filed by requestor, adjoining property owners must be notified, a public hearing must be conducted; then it must go before the Town Council for twice for approval.

Commission member Grundhoefer inquires whether the –permanent- tower will require variance. It is explained by Brown, that current zoning is AG, and need to be rezoned as AM, and will not require variance.

Wireless employees explain that the permanent tower will require 100’ x 100’ “footprint,” current dimensions are 50’ x 50’.

Discussion follows as to whether the Town should consider annexing the eastern portion of the property currently owned by HOWO and also in the county.

HOWO will complete paperwork and submit to Brown. A public hearing for rezoning is set for June 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm CST. Letters to affected property owners will be sent May 25, 2015.  

With no further business, a motion to adjourn is made by Burke, second by Grundhoefer. Motion carries, adjournment is at 6:15 pm.