Central District Dustin Grant
West Central District Rod Eslinger
On June 14, 2006, St. Croix and Pierce Counties hosted the West Central District meeting. The meeting was well attended. Each county present gave a brief update of their status regarding the Livestock Siting Law, DATCP 51. Members discussed the recent Court of Appeals decision for the Town of Bass in Sawyer County. The membership present interpreted the ruling differently. Jay Shambeau indicated that the case is likely to be appealed.
The main agenda matter for the day was “Ordinary High Water Mark” training. Keith Patrick, DNR Water and Regulation Specialist from the DNR Wausau Service Center spent the day with us. Keith presented a power point presentation on ordinary high water determinations and answered questions. The rest of the day was spent in the field. We visited two lakes in St. Croix County and stopped along the Kinnickinnic River before ending the day on the bank of the St. Croix River in Pierce County. Small groups were formed at each stop. Each group established their OHWM and gave reasons to support its position. Overall, the training was a success and I think everyone was able to learn something new.
District Spotlight Paul van Eijl, Zoning Administrator for Buffalo County
On June 20th, the Buffalo County Board appointed Paul as the Buffalo County Zoning Administrator. Congratulations, Paul, on your new appointment for Buffalo County! Paul’s predecessor, Nate Sampson, a few months ago, was hired as the Zoning Administrator for Winona County in Minnesota.
Paul was born and raised in Manitoba, Canada. He later moved to the US in 1989 while in high school. He completed his undergraduate study at Moorhead State University. Later graduating from St. Cloud State University (Cum Laude) with a degree in Local and Urban Affairs in 1999. Paul began his employment at Buffalo County as a Zoning Technician/Inspector in April of 2001. He is married to his wife Katie and has a three-week old daughter, Hailey. Paul loves sports, music and spending time with family and friends.
The next district meeting is scheduled for September 13, 2006 in Clark County.
If you haven’t sent your 2006 membership renewal yet, please do so soon! A form is located on the WCCA web site. Mary would like to get the membership list completed for this year.
AMENDING EXCLUSIVE AGRICULTURAL ZONING (EAZ) ORDINANCES TO IMPLEMENT THE LIVESTOCK FACILITY SITING LAW
June 9, 2006 Coreen Fallat, 608-224-4625 Coreen.firstname.lastname@example.org