Herald Staff Writer
Norton City Council was informed at its last meeting about a conservation easement created to provide some space between the newly approved KDA heavy industrial zone and some Columbia Heights residents.
The city already owns the land so no legislation is required to create the easement. It puts 150 feet of undeveloped land between the residents and the KDA complex. It is currently leased to farmers for corn.
“This is a compromise,” city administrator Robert Fowler told council. “They wanted some grass planted to provide a buffer.”
Councilman Paul Tousely pointed out the legislation was already signed, meaning legally the city didn’t have to do anything.
“I appreciate the administration coming through and doing this anyway,” Tousley said.
Council advanced a resolution asking the county to say how much a 1-mill police levy would generate. This is the first of a multi-step process that would culminate with a ballot issue in the spring. Should council ultimately opt for a levy, it would be used to pay toward the proposed renovations to the police station.
Council asked to have a representative from NOPEC to come in and explain where the residents in the aggregate stand in the face of exploding natural gas prices.