SHULLSBURG—The Shullsburg City Council approved an additional $500 expense for an after-the-fact permit fee requested by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to keep the construction of the new city garage moving.
Bart Nies of Delta 3 Engineering said the DNR requested the permit fee to be paid after seeing a picture for a riprap project application where a pile of dirt was located along the stream bank. A representative of the DNR visited the site and said the city couldn’t remove any more dirt unless they take out the after-the-fact permit, which costs an additional $500 to the original $500 grading permit.
Nies said there were three permits needed for the project. The water main permit through the DNR was approved several months ago; the DNR storm water and erosion control permit was approved last month; a grading in excess of 10,000 square yards within 500 feet of a stream permit was applied for in October. The DNR had 30 days to notify the city of a 30-day public notice process for the grading permit. That notice was received at the end of November, so at the end of December the permit will be approved.
The council unanimously approved paying for the permit. Alderman Carl Ballard was absent from the meeting.
Nies said the project is coming along nicely.
The council also discussed an upcoming meeting about the Lac du Flambeau casino proposal. Mayor Tom Lethlean said the Dec. 13 meeting with Gov. Scott Walker was cancelled and rescheduled with the state’s Department of Administration on Dec. 20 at 9 a.m. at the state capitol building.
The city of Shullsburg, town of Shullsburg, Lafayette County and the Lac du Flambeau tribe will all have representatives at the meeting.