Commission approves tow lot, expansion of on-farm sales

Updated: Mar 4

MOUND CITY – On Monday, Jan. 31, the Linn County Commission approved two conditional-use permits (CUP), one exception, and discussed codes court.

Zoning Administrator Bobby Johnson presented the CUPs for approval. The first one was for R & B Towing and Recovery LLC for a truck/auto towing, recovery and repair lot in the heavy industrial zone south of Pleasanton. Johnson said this was located on the 10 acres on the next to Fabcon Precast plant. The owner the company was waiting on this approval before completing the purchase of the property.

The second CUP approved was for Skyview Farm and Creamery for a retail sales point in the Agricultural Zone. This is located on a 7- acre farm southeast of Pleasanton. The company wants to expand its retail sales to include products made from other Linn County businesses and residents.

Johnson presented an application for an exception to be approved to allow a second dwelling to be placed on the property at 16220 Kansas Highway 7, Centerville, owned by David and Beverly Inloes. The family is putting the second dwelling in so they can care for a family member.

The commissioners approved the exception stating that it will be reviewed once every three years while the conditions exist. Once it is not used for those conditions, it must be removed or repurposed to something other than a dwelling.

Commissioner Rick James asked where they county stood with having a codes court again.

“We don’t have a judge yet, in fact, we don’t even have a district judge right now,” replied Linn County Counselor Gary Thompson.

James said he was just traveling the roads Saturday and there were some mobile homes along the way that have no windows in them. He said those structures were sitting on tracts of land but there was a new car sitting near them.

He said that gave him the idea that maybe the county should try to get rid of those in case there is something going on that was illegal.

Thompson said that typically the county has not been going out and looking for violation.

“I know, I just drove by and saw that,” said James.

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