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EM approves extra-territorial CSM in Town of Elk Mound

By LeAnn R. Ralph

ELK MOUND  —  Based on a recommendation from the Elk Mound Plan Commission, the Elk Mound Village Board has approved an extra-territorial Certified Survey Map in the Town of Elk Mound.

The village board approved the CSM submitted by Loren Hanson at the board’s July 6 meeting.

Although it may seem unusual for a village board to approve a CSM for a property outside of the village limits, this particular CSM falls within the village’s extra-territorial zoning authorized by having a Smart Growth Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

The extra-territorial zoning comes into play to make sure any streets or water or sewer utilities in the property covered by the CSM comply with village ordinances, said Pat Hahn, village clerk-treasurer.

The property is in the Town of Elk Mound, but it falls within the 1.5 mile limit from Elk Mound’s village limits for extra-territorial zoning, and the village board must approve the CSM in case the property were ever to be annexed to the village, she said.

The property, owned by Loren Hanson, is 2.5 acres and is a single lot that will not have any streets.

“My understanding is that we are reviewing to see if there is any concern for the village,” said Mike Tietz, plan commission member, during a meeting of the Elk Mound Plan Commission just prior to the village board meeting.

“You have to consider what impact it would have on the village if it were to be part of the village limits,” Hahn said.

The Elk Mound Plan Commission unanimously recommended that the Elk Mound Village Board approve the CSM, and at the board meeting following, the Elk Mound Village Board unanimously approved the CSM.

Dunn County must also approve the CSM.

Other business

In other business, the Elk Mound Village Board:

• Learned from John Chisholm, president of the youth baseball program in Elk Mound, that this year, 180 youngsters had played on 50 teams and that the program had 60 volunteer coaches. Several years ago, the youth baseball program agreed to charge a $5 fee to athletes who do not live in the village to offset the cost to village taxpayers. Chisholm presented a check for $635 to the village board.

• Administered the oath of office to Les Shafer, fire chief.

• Approved a bartender operator’s license for Kristin Ploeckelman for the Junction.