Commissioners given more time to study permit request

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 24, 2002

John Bramwell has waived his right to a decision on his conditional use permit request.

This will allow the Mower County Board of Commissioners to further study his CUP request and give them more time to conduct a visit to the site in Lansing township.

Daryl W. Franklin, county planner and zoning administrator, notified the county commissioners Tuesday that Bramwell was unable to keep an appointment with the commissioners for a site visit.

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Instead, that visit has been rescheduled for Aug. 1, after which the county board members will hold a public hearing on his request.

The commissioners know little about Bramwell's request. It passed the Mower County Planning Commission's examination as well as the county planning and zoning staff's investigation.

However, the commissioners refused to grant Bramwell a CUP, when he did not offer more details about his proposed residential subdivision plans in Lansing township.

Now, Franklin must notify all impacted property owners around the proposed site that the hearing and site visit have been continued until next week.

Also Tuesday, the county commissioners enjoyed Mexican food delicacies sopaipillas and taquuitos.

The occasion was a gesture by Nitaya Jandragholica, the county's multi-cultural programming coordinator and court interpreter.

A week ago, the county board approved a request of Jandragholica to increase a part-time interpreter's hours to full-time status.

The move was necessary, because of the increasing demands of Hispanic immigrants on Jandragholica's time and skills.

Jandragholica thanked the county commissioners for approving a full-time second interpreter's position.

With her were Miguel Garate and Liliana Silvestry-Neilon, as well as Carolina Salazar.

Grate works at Riverland Community College, assisting new immigrants, and Silvestry-Neilon is director of the Welcome Center.

Salazar teaches English to new immigrants at the adult basic learning center.

All said, the county board's willingness to create a second full-time interpreter will, as Jandragholica said, allow us all to "profit from this investment."

The treats from El Mariachi Restaurant in downtown Austin were the delegation's way of thanking the county commissioners and giving them a taste of the Hispanic community.

In other action Tuesday, the county commissioners:

n Approved the sale of a flood buyout home to Dennis Kelly for $100. The sale also includes two garages. No bids were received at the public auction for the property.

Scheduled a public hearing on the new revised county comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance for Sept. 10. The Mower County Planning Commission will review the twin documents Aug. 14.

Lee Bonorden can be contacted at 434-2232 or by e-mail at