Lansing Corners takes heat for garbage, parking

Published 10:21 am Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The owners of the event center at Lansing Corners are taking some heat for not meeting the conditions of their conditional use permit with the county.

Environmental Services Director Angie Knish updated the county board Tuesday that the Mower County Planning Commission found problems with garbage on the property and have received complaints of people parking on the south side of the event center along County Road 2 during events.

According to Knish, people have complained about those cars backing up onto the road.

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“It’s a safety hazard,” she said.

These issues were discussed with Lansing Corners owners David Olson and Arie Kulas at a May 28 planning commission meeting.

The commission also expressed concerns about safety after a shooting at the event center injured five people last November after a music event.

Olson told the commission the owners planned to operate the event center similar to Todd Park, where the hosts of the event take the key and are responsible for holding the event before turning the key back in at the end of the night. Another option was to have Lansing Corners staff on hand.

The night of the shooting, the owners said the event’s host provided two security people and a few more people in a concession area. The shooting took place outside after the event was closed, they said.

Olson and Kulas said they would not host a similar event again, and they’ve met with their lawyer about how to handle security in the future.

The owners have two weeks to comply and meet the 19 conditions. They could lose their permit if the conditions are not met, although owners have already taken steps to correct some issues. Olson told the commission on May 28 the trash could be gone in seven days. Knish told the county board Tuesday that the south side of the building will now only be used for emergency parking, and the owners have picked up no parking signs from the Public Works department. Traffic will now be directed to enter from one side and leave through the other, according to Knish.

During the May 28 meeting, Olson said 19 conditions are excessive, but Knish informed him the conditions can only be changed by receiving a new permit.

The county board did not take any action Tuesday, as the planning commission still needs to make a recommendation.

According to the minutes from a May 28 planning commissioner meeting, Olson and Kulas are still trying to bring a restaurant or bar to part of the property.