Commissioners green-light hobby farm variance near ball fields

HURON – Beadle County commissioners have approved a variance to allow Rusty Toupal to operate a hobby farm outside Huron city limits at 1523 Ninth St. S.W., adjacent to the Mountain Dew and Kunhart softball fields.
Acting as the county board of adjustment on Tuesday, the vote came a couple weeks after the City Commission gave its approval.
Toupal said he has no problem with conditions of the variance, one of which is that it can be reviewed should there be complaints about odor or flies.
According to a requirement of the ordinance, he will need to record a waste management plan.
Toupal said he has options for removal of manure, including land he owns west of Huron.
He said he will spread the manure rather than have piles within 150 feet of the softball fields, or will have it hauled away for spreading on farmland.
There are six acres that can be used for the hobby farm. Toupal said he plans to have two or three horses for his daughters to ride.
The location of the hobby farm is across Ninth Street Southwest from property that for many years was the site of a hobby farm with horses.
Toupal said he successfully bid on the property before he realized it is in a one-family residential district that does not permit hobby farms.
County commissioners also approved a request from Tim and Adele Flanery, Darlene Kutzler and Floyd Peterson to vacate 66 feet of dedicated street right of way on property located north of 27th Street Northwest and about a quarter mile west of Highway 37.
Their request was also earlier approved by city commissioners.
Vacating the 66 feet will mean a lot can be increased to five acres so it can be sold.
In return, there will be a new 40-foot right of way created to allow for access to other property to the northwest and northeast so farm machinery can get in and out.
Commissioners also approved the plat for the new right of way.
In other action, commissioners accepted the resignation of Phillip VanDiepen from the sheriff’s office. He has been rehired to fill a city police officer position.

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