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Spicer to hold another RV park hearing

SPICER -- There will be another public hearing on the proposed RV Park near Woodcock Lake after a council member told the Spicer City Council the first hearing didn't receive adequate notice.

SPICER -- There will be another public hearing on the proposed RV Park near Woodcock Lake after a council member told the Spicer City Council the first hearing didn't receive adequate notice.

Council member Ron Schneider told the council on Wednesday that the initial hearing in April for a conditional use permit only received nine days of published notice, said city administrator Kimberly Wothe. A public hearing with 10 days of published notice is required.

The new hearing is set for 5 p.m. July 19 at City Hall.

The environmental assessment worksheet for the RV park was presented to the council Wednesday, Wothe said. She said the worksheet is a separate requirement aside from the hearing and the council will review the worksheet before voting on the conditional use permit.

The worksheet is an screening tool to determine if a more in-depth environmental study is needed about the RV park.

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The council now has 60 days to approve a conditional use permit for developer Westrich LLP, which is owned by Dean Westre and Earl Rich, Wothe said. Though, she added, an extension is possible.

The proposed 84-site RV park would be located in an L-shape around the New London-Spicer School District property on the west and north.

In other business, the council:

- Accepted the Faith Lutheran Church's settlement offer for costs related to the construction of a frontage road. Faith Lutheran had appealed the initial assessment by the city. The number has not yet been made public, however.

- Passed a resolution to seek bonds for the $1.49 million street improvement project for the summer of 2006.

- Granted a malt liquor permit to Melvin's on The Lake for a softball tournament this weekend.

- Issued a dance and liquor permit to the Spicer Jaycees for a street dance on July 8. The dance will be held in the downtown parking lot, with a live band and liquor provided by O'Neil's.

- Passed a resolution to establish the 17-member Spicer Design Committee, which will contract for up to $5,000 with Kari Haug Planning & Design. The design committee is focusing on, among other things, making downtown Spicer more pedestrian- and biker-friendly.

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