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Council quashes park plan

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, July 10th, 2014

The Custer City Council had big plans for creating the city’s newest park. The residents in the area around that park had other ideas.
At its Monday evening meeting, the council learned that a meeting between landowners in the area and the parks and recreation board in which the plan for the park was presented and feedback was taken did not go the way most expected it would.
“I don’t think they liked one thing about it,” Mayor Gary Lipp said. “I find it hard to believe.”
Prior to the meeting, residents in the area were sent letters and were invited to the meeting to give feedback. Of the handful of people that showed up, only a couple thought it was a good idea to develop the grassy area into a park. The area is located west of the football field, just across from the Mickelson Trail.
Alderwoman Jeannie Fischer wondered if only the “squeaky wheels” came to the meeting and whether opposition to developing the park was truly representative of all the people in the area. She said many people who don’t have a strong opinion one way or the other don’t show up to such meetings or aren’t fully aware how to participate in the process.
Lipp said the council doesn’t have to kill the idea of developing the park altogether, but they could let the idea go for now and find another project “beneficial to more” people for now.
Tallgrass Landscape Archi-tecture of Custer was contracted to help with planning and developing the park. Since the park plan is no longer being pursued, the remainder of the contract for that project will be transferred to a different project.
The second reading of a proposed change to the city’s carport ordinance sparked discussion, specifically the portion of the ordinance requiring carports to be able to withstand a 90 mile per hour wind and a snow load of 43 pounds per square foot.

The Custer City Council had big plans for creating the city’s newest park. The residents in the area around that park had other ideas.

At its Monday evening meeting, the council learned that a meeting between landowners in the area and the parks and recreation board in which the plan for the park was presented and feedback was taken did not go the way most expected it would.

“I don’t think they liked one thing about it,” Mayor Gary Lipp said. “I find it hard to believe.”

Prior to the meeting, residents in the area were sent letters and were invited to the meeting to give feedback. Of the handful of people that showed up, only a couple thought it was a good idea to develop the grassy area into a park. The area is located west of the football field, just across from the Mickelson Trail.

Alderwoman Jeannie Fischer wondered if only the “squeaky wheels” came to the meeting and whether opposition to developing the park was truly representative of all the people in the area. She said many people who don’t have a strong opinion one way or the other don’t show up to such meetings or aren’t fully aware how to participate in the process.

Lipp said the council doesn’t have to kill the idea of developing the park altogether, but they could let the idea go for now and find another project “beneficial to more” people for now.

Tallgrass Landscape Archi-tecture of Custer was contracted to help with planning and developing the park. Since the park plan is no longer being pursued, the remainder of the contract for that project will be transferred to a different project.

The second reading of a proposed change to the city’s carport ordinance sparked discussion, specifically the portion of the ordinance requiring carports to be able to withstand a 90 mile per hour wind and a snow load of 43 pounds per square foot.

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