The Township Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved two applications — one for Steve Ambrose and another for Gary Orr — which allows for the ponds to be dug.
According to township officials, the application approved for the Orr permit is for an irrigation pond for agriculture purposes.
“The pond is going to be a 1-acre pond,” township attorney Ron Bultje said. “He’s agreed to extract what he needs for an acre of water.”
According to township officials, there is language in place to make sure only what is needed to build the pond is dug.
“The maximum earth removal can’t exceed what is necessary to slope the property and create this pond,” Bultje said.
The latest application for the Orr permit went through a variety of steps to make sure it was permitted. It had been tabled from previous meetings for clarification and to obtain more information.
“We did agree to send the latest application to a member of our water board,” Township Supervisor Tracy Mulligan said.
Mulligan said that after reviewing submitted maps, the slope of the pond and the pond’s depth, it was deemed to be acceptable.
According to the township’s zoning ordinance, the volume of a Class A permit cannot exceed 5,000 cubic yards; or the volume can exceed 5,000 cubic yards only if is intended to create a pond used primarily for irrigation of agriculture.
Township officials also approved Ambrose's Class A application, which calls for a pond in the front of his property on 120th Avenue.
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