commission hears update on status of lawsuits
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
Ripley County Area Planning Commission Attorney John Ertel updated
the commission at its September meeting on the status of lawsuits
against zoning code violators. He explained he was amending the
complaint against Dennis Richardson to include property he owns
Ertel said the trial for Alvin and Hazel Svatba is now set and pre-trial
arranged for Raymond Inferrera, Henrietta Haugh and Burdette Builders.
Also, a letter of understanding will be sent to Doug Prickell, who
withdrew his application for a rezone prior to the Planning Commission
meeting. The letter will explain what Prickell is allowed and not
allowed to do in the Agriculture-2 zone, where his current business
The only application that had any opposition at the meeting was
Creative Foundations, LLC for primary approval of Heuer Hills Agricultural
Subdivision. Leanne Lengerich presented plan of creating four lots
on 24.360 acres on W. County Road 700S in Versailles. Don Prost
who originally sold the property said he only sold 330' of road
frontage so how could it now have 407'? The survey that was presented
to the commission had 407'. When it was found there was an error
in the legal description, the item was tabled 12-0 until the next
meeting so these issues could be resolved.
J&P Rollins, LLC applied for a re-zone on property he owns at
813 N. Main Street in Milan. Jerry Rollins explained he owns the
Dollar Store next to the property and it gives him another lot for
speculation 100' x 300' in the Local Business District. The commission
voted 12-0 to send the request to the Milan Town Board with a favorable
Michael Hall, land surveyor, spoke for Geraldine Driggers on primary
approval of Driggers Estates two-lot agricultural subdivision. The
two lots are located on 20.501 acres on E. County Road 300S in Dillsboro.
Lot #2 also required a variance from 3 acres to 2.448 acres. Primary
approval with the variance was approved 12-0.
Jeff Stenger of J&J Surveyors, spoke on behalf of Raymond and
Beverly Fuchs. They were asking for Primary Approval of Amandas
Acres Subdivision. This is two-lots on 2.108 acres at 5104 East
State Road 46 in Batesville. It also required a variance from the
front set back line for the existing house. The commission voted
12-0 for Primary Approval and awarding the variance.
Sue French of French and Associates spoke on the application of
Chris Volz Jr. for Primary Approval of East Milan Estates Subdivision.
It contains six lots on 3.22 acres which averages .5380 per lot.
The property is located on East Carr Street in Milan. The request
was granted 11-0-1 with Jeff French abstaining.
Sue French also represented Covell Mills in his application for
two agricultural subdivisions, Northbrook and Southbrook Agricultural
Subdivision. Northbrook is five-lots on 18.3995 acres at 7196 North
County Road 600E in Milan. Southbrook is three lots on 6.7608 acres
at the northeast corner of the intersection of County Roads 600E
and 700N near Sunman. Northbrook Subdivision required two variances:
Lot #1 for lot width from 300'to 249'and Lot #3 required
a variance for acreage from 3 acres to 2.5 acres. All requests were
granted by a vote of 10-0-2 with Jeff French and Covell Mills abstaining.
All 12 members of the Ripley County Area Planning Commission were
present: Maureen Sheets, Covell Mills, Bob Gray, James Negangard,
Ron Palmer, Kaye Hunger, Roger Lang, Ed Newman, Steve Youngman,
Jeff French, Owen Menchhofer, and Dave Osborne. Tad Brinson and
Attorney John Ertel were present to advise the board. All three
county commissioners were present: Robert Reiners, Chuck Folz, and
Lawrence Nickell. The next regular meeting of the Ripley County
Area Plan Commission is October 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Commissioners
Room of the Ripley County Courthouse Annex in Versailles.