Robinson ponds get OK

Two pond proposals that were under review in Robinson Township for several months are a go.
Alex Doty
Mar 14, 2013


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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Gary Or got this ok'd for agriculutre use watering his hay fields. Ya RIGHT Gary Or will not do that. This is his way of getting pd to get a pond dug for free plus money per yd for the dirt by the contractors doing the 231 bypass. I hope Robinson twp checks Or's pond in a year and will notice there is no water leaving that pond to water his hay fields. Another sceem done by the finest. In the mean time my damn well will go dry from his pond, we already have low water levels and I have to spend 5000.00 or more for a deep well. I am getting with more neigbors to stop this, or make the twp have orr sign a letter stating they will check his pond in a year to ensure there is irrigation pumps and piping to water his hay fields and the twp can check the fields to see them being watered. I know i will be keeping a eye on it and documenting his usage of the pond. When there is no agriculture use with it, it was only a get money in my pocket usage I hope robinson twp will do legal actions. If you all lived right next to this giant pond he is doing you would all know how i feel and were im coming from.


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