At Tuesday's meeting, the Lake County Commission granted a variance and conditional use permit to Jeremy Koel for a salvage business west of Junius.
Koel proposed starting this business earlier this year, but his property does not meet all the zoning requirements for that type of business. His property is within 1,000 feet of the nearest residence and is under the minimum 10 acres (8.5 acres).
Shelli Gust from the Lake County State's Attorney's Office reviewed the proposal, which would grant the variance on these two points.
Koel will be required to plant natural screens on the west and south sides of his property. The Lake County Conservation District determined that a row of lilac bushes and a row of spruce trees would provide adequate screening. Koel told the commission he was picking up the trees on Tuesday.
He has business hours posted for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and by appointment on Saturdays. Koel will need a $5,000 surety bond by the end of the year, and the permit will be subject to an annual review.
Commission Chair Scott Pedersen told Koel he had done his due diligence throughout the process, and he appreciated the work of the State's Attorney's Office in the matter, as well as Koel's patience.