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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — The Colfax Zoning Board of Appeals has approved a variance for 210 Main Street to place a shed within two feet and three inches of the lot line.
The existing shed that would be replaced is three feet from the property line, said Jane Beckwith, the owner of the property at 210 Main Street, at a public hearing held by the Zoning Board of Appeals June 13.
A gas line is located on the south side of the shed, and the building can only go as far as the gas line, or 27 inches from the lot line, she said.
The new shed will be 12-foot by 20-foot and on skids and will replace a 10-foot by 10-foot shed. The new shed will have a gravel base extending a foot out from the walls. The base can go over the gas line, but an enclosed building cannot, Beckwith said.
Gene Gibson, a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, noted that none of the neighbors who had been notified were in attendance at the public hearing.
A list of 10 property owners, including Beckwith, was included in the packet for the Zoning Board of Appeals.
One of the property owners stopped by the village clerk’s office that day to say there was no objection to Beckwith’s request for a variance, said Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer.
Jason Johnson, another member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, asked if the new structure would in any way hinder snow removal in the alley or prevent emergency services or utility service vehicles from getting through.
The answer to Johnson’s question was “no.”
The location for the new shed will represent a difference of nine inches over what is there now, Gibson noted.
Beckwith will need a building permit from George Entzminger, the village’s building inspector, Niggemann said.
The Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved a motion to allow the variance request for 210 Main Street.
Mike Kiekhafer serves as the chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals, and in addition to Gibson and Johnson, Mark Mosey and Rich Bautch also serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals.