CRAWFORD COUNTY – The Crawford County Land Conservation Committee addressed various points at its March 14 assembly. The assembly is split into two sections Land use and Considerations for soil and water.
The land use portion of the March 14 assembly started with actual property advertiser Gigi Collins reporting that each one property appraisal workbooks had been turned over to appraisers. He mentioned the mapping polygons for town and village of Wauzeka are full, and that when the method is accomplished for the village of Gays Mills, the whole county can be full.
Subsequent for Collins was the dialogue of the mission to confirm property traces and land possession within the city of Clayton. He has proposed the creation of an Assessors Plate, just like the one lately efficiently accomplished within the City of Seneca.
Since our final assembly, I’ve despatched a letter to all of the landowners concerned, Collins mentioned. The county has tax defaulting properties within the space and our parcels make up practically half of the whole space.
Collins identified that within the City of Seneca mission, landowners needed to pay the price of creating the Assessors Plat. He mentioned that given the excessive share of county-owned tons within the space, he proposes making an attempt to get grants for the mission. He mentioned that might imply delaying the mission by a 12 months till the grant funding could possibly be secured. In any other case, the price to landowners could be round $800-$900 every. He mentioned the mission might take as much as two years to finish in line with his proposed plan.
Is it okay to delay the method that lengthy? requested supervisor Gary Koch, a committee member.
YES. One landowner, Mr Hadley, has already paid to take a survey, Collins replied. Because of that survey, he has an estimated location of his residence and property traces.
How far aside are the property traces within the space? requested supervisor of fee chair Dave Olson.
I am out rather a lot, Collins replied.
Collins defined that not like each different township within the county, the city of Clayton didn’t have a bit 16, for a college, and mentioned that had sophisticated figuring out property traces. He mentioned there are additionally issues with actions involving the sting of the river relative to the center of the river.
We have to determine precisely what the county owns so we are able to promote it to recoup unpaid property taxes, Collins defined.
The committee voted unanimously for Collins to look into the potential of acquiring grants for the mission.
Subsequently, the committee reviewed and authorised an inventory of Licensed Survey Maps (CSMs). A CSM from the Metropolis of Seneca introduced some thorny points concerning the county’s authority to clear a right-of-way street.
There are 17 tons on the road in query, which isn’t a public avenue, on a cul-de-sac, Collins mentioned. The landowners affiliation is prepared to clear the street in order that the landowner can construct.
Collins mentioned Commissioner Wealthy Marks had expressed considerations in regards to the means of plows and different emergency autos to have the ability to circle the world if the right-of-way is vacated. He identified that doing so might probably stop the road from changing into a metropolis avenue.
The committee moved to approve the CSM topic to the businesses’ overview, however clarified that the county can’t approve the clearing of the fitting of approach, over which it has no jurisdiction.
I like to recommend taking motion to make sure all landowners are conscious of our considerations and the implications of abandoning the fitting of approach, Collins mentioned.
Zoning and sanitation technician Jon Mayer reported that each one was going effectively and that he had been working with landowners on floodplain and shoreline zoning points.
Mayer mentioned a difficulty within the city of Freeman with a resident who had lived on his property for over 25 years with no operating water or septic system.
He paid her fantastic, however aside from that, we actually do not know what to do, Meyer mentioned. You possibly can’t set up a septic system with out water, and she or he’s been there for 25 years.
County Conservation Director Dave Troester mentioned Crawford County can be included in an audit by the Division of Security and Skilled Companies (DSPS) this 12 months. He mentioned the DSPS screens a number of counties within the state every year.
Troester continued to report on his division’s septic system compliance mission.
We wrapped up the folks of 2022 and despatched letters to those that must comply in 2023, Troester mentioned. Since 2022, we now have seven to eight septic system homeowners who’ve obtained an extension by means of Might 1 as a result of they’re on a pump checklist, and a few dozen who’ve a Might 15 court docket date.
Troester mentioned that of these cited by the county, none of them have responded or made contact together with his division. He mentioned these septic system homeowners are within the means of receiving a second offense, with larger fines than the primary offense. He mentioned there are additionally two septic system homeowners who’re about to obtain a primary offense.
Of those that despatched a letter in 2022 who did not signal for the letter, we have had these notified to them by the sheriff’s division, Troester mentioned. The sheriff’s division would not need to do that sooner or later, so we’ll simply ship them letters. In the event that they ignore the letters, fines can be added to their property tax payments.
Troester mentioned it was unusual that the letters could not be delivered since her division sends them to the identical tackle to which property tax invoices are despatched.
About 10 % of the letters we ship out are returned, however 10 % of property tax invoices go unreturned as a result of they’re undeliverable, Troester identified.
Observe: Reached after the assembly, Troester advised the Impartial-Scout that Jon Mayer has resigned to pursue alternatives elsewhere. His final day on the job can be April 28, and the division is actively recruiting somebody to fill the place of sanitation technician.
Soil and water considerations
First on the soil and water aspect of the agenda, Troester reported on the outcomes of the Conservation Poster Contest. He mentioned college students within the Seneca and Wauzeka-Steuben faculty districts had entered 75 enrollments in all.
Our prime finishers in every age class progressed to the zone competitors in Viroqua, Troester defined. Popping out of the world contest, two posters from our county superior to the state contest and Senecas Paxton Martin positioned third within the Kindergarten/First Grade class.
Subsequent, Troester mentioned the main target of this 12 months’s aquatic invasive species grant could be management of loosestrife. She mentioned her division is making use of for a allow and searching for websites to launch beetles, which will help management the invasive plant.
Up to now, we now have not obtained any candidates for the summer season intern place, Troester advised the committee.
I am involved to listen to about beetle releases for this, mentioned committee member Mary Kuhn. I keep in mind after they launched the Asian beetles to manage the aphids, and now we now have a beetle drawback and no aphids.
Troester replied that utilizing beetles for this objective is a way that has been in use for a very long time now.
Purple loosestrife is an issue primarily alongside waterways, reminiscent of close to Lynxville and Ferryville, committee chairman Dave Olson famous.
Conservation specialist Travis Bunting reported working with USDA-NRCS and getting NRCS funding for the 12 months fairly effectively. Which means he had a good suggestion of what his plans can be for the 12 months and he mentioned he plans to begin bidding on his plans within the coming weeks.
Bunting additionally advised the committee that he has not but obtained a response from the DNR on plans for repairs to the PL-566 flood management seawall on Johnstown Highway in Utica Township. He advised the committee that he anticipated to tender the mission subsequent week.
Karyl Fritsche, USDA-NRCS useful resource specialist for Crawford and Richland counties, reported to the fee on various points:
We’re working to make purposes which have been chosen for funding within the first spherical of the EQIP necessary, mentioned Fritsche. About half of our high-priority purposes had been funded.
Fritsche mentioned the Conservation Stewardship Program utility deadline has been prolonged to March 17 and the Normal Conservation Reserve Program is open for purposes.
Lastly, Fritsche mentioned that the Inflation Discount Act (IRA) funding appropriations have been launched. He mentioned the cash is not within the state but to begin obliging, however there’ll seemingly be loads of alternatives for individuals looking for help with Local weather Sensible practices reminiscent of cowl crops, nutrient administration, grazing, creating habitat for pollinators, and many others.
Within the public remark portion of the agenda, Forest Jahnke of the Crawford Stewardship Undertaking says his group advocates elevated funding for county conservation workers. She additionally requested if the division had obtained the up to date Nutrient Administration Plan for the CAFO Roth Feeder Pigs II proposed in Marietta Township.
Roths’ up to date nutrient administration plan is due with the Wisconsin DNR by the top of March, Jahnke famous. I ponder what actions the committee intends to take as soon as it receives the up to date plan and whether or not it is going to confirm that the acres contained within the up to date plan are literally obtainable for spreading. Are you going to have it examined by an agronomist?
We won’t act till we see it, Supervisor of Committee Chair Dave Olson mentioned.
Observe: Reached on Monday third April, Dave Troestr advised the Impartial-Scout that he has not but obtained the up to date NMP for Roth Feeder Pigs II from the DNR. He mentioned, although, lots of people are asking.