Variance brings Roadhouse into compliance

Board of Supervisors
Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     The owner of the Jones County Roadhouse establishment can keep his two signs.

     During the Aug. 15 Board of Adjustment meeting, with four of the five members of the BOA present, they voted 3-1 to approve Rick Ellison’s variance request. Ellison was found to be in violation of the county’s sign ordinance with two wall signs attached to his restaurant and one pole sign. The ordinance allows for one wall and one pole sign.

     “They approved his (Ellison’s) request for an additional sign,” Land Use Administrator Michele Lubben informed the Jones County Supervisors during their Aug. 22 meeting. This approval means Ellison is no longer in violation.

     Ellison was then schedule to appear a second time in court regarding a civil citation the board of supervisors filed. Ellison failed to appear the first time on Sept. 9. Lubben said the court dismissed the citation, but charged Ellison court costs, which amount to $85.

     During the supervisors meeting, Supervisor Wayne Manternach commented that he felt the suit could be dropped if Ellison was no longer in violation of the sign ordinance. Supervisor Joe Oswald agreed.

     “If he had applied for a variance early on, he could have saved himself the citation,” said Oswald.

In other county business:

     • The board approved filing a tax lien for delinquent water and/or sewer utility bills against property located at 12648 St. Paul St. in Center Junction. The St. Paul Street property has since been sold to another owner, so the lien will be filed against other property owned by Kelly Beatty at 13554 114th St., Center Junction.

     • The board authorized Chairman Jon Zirkelbach to sign documents to participate in the 2020 Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA). In the past, the county auditor was designated as the LUCA liaison. As of last week, the new liaison will be the GIS office because the Census bureau utilizes the GIS mapping files.

     • The board approved the final payment voucher for Dales Ford Road. The final voucher for B&J Hauling & Excavating was $1,011.07. The project total was around $33,000.


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