Commission overrules appeal over living in RV in subdivision

At its meeting Tuesday, July 16, the Williams County Commission heard from Jonathan Stokke, a resident of the Marmon subdivision near Little Beaver Bay in the southeast corner of the county.

In June, Kameron Hymer, development services director for the county, sent a letter telling residents that living in RVs was not allowed in areas zone for residences. Stokke, who owns three lots in the subdivision, asked for an exemption.

In an email to Hymer and again at the meeting Tuesday, he pointed out that while the area is zoned for residential development, the area in general is used for recreation. Because there are few services, he has used his RV when he stays at the property.

On Tuesday, he said that other nearby areas in other counties do allow RVs.

“I bought these lots just for recreational purposes,” he said.

One neighbor, Chad Christensen, told the board that he didn’t think RVs belonged there.

“This is zoned residential, this is not a campground,” he said. “There’s a campground right there (in the nearby park).”

Commissioner Barry Ramberg said he remembered when the subdivision was created and that it was always intended as a residential area.

“I think it’s fairly clear,” he said.

County OK’s extension on closing date for brewery

The Williams County Commission voted 5-0 Tuesday, July 16, to give a Montana brewery an extension on the time it has to complete the purchase of a county-owned building.

In February, the commission accepted a $700,000 bid from Glasgow, Montana, brewery Busted Knuckles Brewery to buy the old county highway building, located at 213 11th St. W in Williston. The owners asked for an extension on the closing deadline to Aug. 31.

Connie Boreson, one of the owners, told commissioners that getting an appraisal and environmental report had taken longer than expected. The appraisal is finished, she said, and the environmental report should be done soon.

The brewery has formed a limited liability company in North Dakota, gotten support from the Williston STAR Fund and gotten a taproom license from Williston.

“There really is no one else in this room who has more interest in getting this building into our possession,” Boreson said Tuesday.

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