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County hears request to rezone property west of Glencoe

The McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission is recommending approval of rezoning request that may lead to the establishment of a used implement dealership next to Midwest Machinery on Highway 212, east of Glencoe.
Jerad Huepenbecker and Kenneth Hartung appeared before the commission Wednesday, Sept. 21, asking for a rezoning of a 10-acre parcel to highway business from agricultural.
If the rezoning is finalized by the County Board, plans are to construct a new building for shop and office use with an outdoor display area for the equipment. The site will share highway access with the existing John Deere dealership.
Neighbors Janet Willand and Vern Lindeman raised concerns about drainage, noting that the area is prone to flooding.
Because of the water issues, Hartung said he has increased a drainage tile to 12 inches from 6 inches from the highway right-of-way.
“That won’t be able to accommodate a 100-year rain, but it definitely helps,” said Hartung. “We may need to assess that tile line again.”
McLeod County Commissioner Ron Shimanski, who sits on the planning commission, said that the topic before the commission was the rezoning. Any conditions placed on the property concerning drainage, screening or other items would be topics for future meetings.

For more, see the Sept. 28 print editon of The Chronicle.