Wakeboard park permits vote moved to January
MONROE - The City Council last week postponed its vote on approving permits for the wakeboard park on Lake Tye, moving the vote to Tuesday, Jan. 15.
The council was scheduled to consider approving the project’s shoreline and conditional use permits, but it chose to table the discussion after returning from a brief executive session on the matter.
The council did not say why it wanted to postpone the vote.
Hearing examiner Carl Cox recommended the project’s permits be approved after holding a hearing in October on both the permits and a resident’s appeal of the city’s environmental review of the project. Cox rejected the resident’s appeal, which was announced at the Dec. 11 council meeting.
Cox said resident Diane Elliott failed to prove the city’s review was “clearly erroneous.” Cox said state law puts the burden on Elliott to prove the city made a serious error.
Cox’s recommendation to approve H30’s permits included one additional condition to install bird diverters on or parallel to the cables and guy wires during the offseason, which would be Nov. 1 through April 1.
H30 will be building and operating the park that will pull wakeboarders by cable instead of by motorized boat.
Elliott had 21 business days from the date of the decision to appeal the ruling.
“I haven’t made up my mind yet, although there does seem to be a lot of fertile ground upon which to appeal,” Elliott said.
At the Dec. 11 council meeting, Mayor Robert Zimmerman said he was “very pleased with the hearing examiner’s decision.”
The project includes erecting six cable towers and building a 2,500-square-foot facility to house ticket and retail sales, restrooms, lockers and an office. In exchange for using the public lake, H30 will pay the city rent and a portion of ticket sales. The park is expected to take up 17 of the lake’s 42 acres.
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