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February 22, 2014

County Zoning Board approves first permits

The Daviess County Board of Zoning Appeals made some very quiet history Thursday night by approving its first two permits. The board was formed late last year as part of a new area plan ordinance.

One of the special use permits was given to Verizon for construction of a 300-foot tall cell phone tower. The tower is scheduled for construction just off of CR 650S, about one half mile east of Alfordsville. No one spoke at the meeting against the tower. The board though did approve the permit with a condition that the company provide information on the fall radius of the tower because it would be located within 125 feet of a county road. Spokesmen for the company on hand for the meeting could not produce an exact fall radius, but say the tower is designed, in case it is knocked down, to fold in on itself.

The second special use permit was presented to Yoder Trust for the construction of three turkey barns. The barns will be located on CR 400S one and one half mile east of CR 900E. Lloyd Yoder presented the proposal. He said all six adjoining land owners had been notified. No one showed up at the meeting to oppose the project.

The board gave its approval on condition that all other permits from the state are also okay.

“It went pretty smooth,” said Board President Darren Helms. “They won’t all be that easy. We know we’ll eventually get some that people will argue about, but I don’t anticipate a lot of difficulty.”

Before taking on the permits the board also took care of some unfinished business including the approval of the forms people making applications will use. They also approved by-laws for the operation of the board and hired a secretary. The secretary is Megan Wilkening who works with board attorney Jeff Norris.

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