Crow Wing County Board Approves Controversial Development on Horseshoe Lake
(BRAINERD, MN) — The Crow Wing County Board held its second regular council meeting of the month of August on Tuesday.
The meeting was dominated by the discussion of a preliminary plat for a development on Horseshoe Lake in Mission Township. Jake Frie from county land services introduced the proposal, giving a brief overview of the situation at hand.
Frie then mentioned some of the feedback that was given regarding this proposal at the township level and at a prior planning commission meeting, noting that the vast majority of residents in the township opposed the development.
Several township residents were on hand for the meeting, and virtually all of them expressed the desire to deny the proposal. Residents raised concerns that ranged from septic tank issues, to fire safety hazards, potential highway safety issues, and more. One individual, a township supervisor and longtime Mission Township resident, summed up the consensus among them.
Commissioner Paul Koering wanted to hear from the one individual on the planning commission who voted against the denial of the development, and she made her case, suggesting that there were not enough facts of substance presented by the public.
After hearing the input of the residents and lengthy discussions, the board ultimately approved the proposed development with a 4-1 vote; commissioner Bill Brekken was the lone dissenting vote.
Toward the end of the meeting, administrator Tim Houle provided his regular Senior Management Team Meeting update, and was asked about the state of vaccinations in the area; Houle provided the numbers for Crow Wing County and put them into context.
The full Crow Wing County Board meeting from August 24 can be viewed here.