Supervisors hear airport airspace concerns

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

AT last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, KellenLudvigson of the Cherokee Airport Authority discussed potential problems due to the lack of zoning regulations within the airspace around the Cherokee Airport.

In June 2019, the Aviation Authority presented a proposed ordinance for the County to consider, along with a sample ordinance from another county that has already addressed this issue. Per recommendation of the Supervisors, the Aviation Authority met with the Zoning Administrator and the County Attorney to discuss the process to adopt an ordinance regulating height of structures in the vicinity of the airport.

Ludvigson assured that a height restriction ordinance does not prevent new construction in such a designated area, but gives a guideline of what types of structures are acceptable while still providing an opportunity to get an opinion from the FAA prior to structures being built. The airport ordinance is intended to enhance economic development while safeguarding federal, county and city funds that continue to be invested in long term development plans.

The consensus of the Board was to move forward with the Cherokee County Regional Airport Height Zoning Ordinance as drafted and to have the County Attorney finalize the document for the Board’s consideration at their next meeting.

Sarah Tracy, County Engineer, presented an updated version of a proposed Class B Secondary Road Ordinance and construction document for consideration. The Board agreed to proceed with publication of a proposed Class B Secondary Road Ordinance as presented.

Gary Goebel, Construction Manager, presented construction applications on County right-of-way for consideration and the Board approve an underground construction application for Cherokee Rural Water in Sections 1 and 12 of Liberty Township.

Tom Wilson, Beck Engineering, reviewed updated designs for the 2020 Courthouse Sidewalk Improvement Project and noted a suggested bid letting date of February 3, 2021. The Board approved design plans for the 2020 Courthouse Sidewalk Improvement Project with a bid letting date of February 3, 2021.

Kris Glienke, County Auditor, presented documents related to property tax rebates within Urban Renewal Areas created by Cherokee County.The Board approved the Fiscal Year 2021/2022 TIF Debt Certifications for Cherokee County LSCP Urban Renewal Area which will generate a $72,021 tax rebate and the Cherokee County Sand Seed Urban Renewal Area which will generate a $21,258 tax rebate to First Cooperative Association.

The vacant Veteran Affairs Director position was discussed at length. Consensus of the Supervisors was that the position needs to be filled as soon as possible in order to provide necessary services to county veterans. The Board authorized the Veteran Affairs Commission to hire a full-time director or administrator if they deem it is necessary.

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