6/16/2017 7:28:00 AM Oehrlein dissatisfied with treatment during Hazelhurst CUP issue Board approached for community center funding assistance
Jessica Leighty/Lakeland Times
The Hazelhurst Town Board reviews three signs presented by Tod Oehrlein, left, for his boat repair business. Oehrlein said he didnít feel he was treated fairly throughout the process. Also shown, in the background, are the plans for the new community center facility. Lake Retirement Foundation director Janelle Schroeder explained the plans for the center and emphasized any contributions are appreciated.
Hazelhurst resident and business owner Tod Oehrlein has been working with the Hazelhurst Town Board and plan commission for the approval of a conditional use permit relating to a boat repair business.
At this week's regular board meeting, Oehrlein expressed his dissatisfaction with the board and said he believes he has been singled out and treated unfairly.
Oehrlein owns multiple properties, one housing a marine rental business and one housing the repair shop, which will service the rental business.
Earlier this year, Oehrlein applied for a CUP for the boat repair property, which did not include the placement of a boat display on the property.
"I want to have a little boat I just spent money to paint and make it look vintage and I can't even display one boat there," Oehrlein said.
"We had that conversation," town board chairman Ted Cushing said. "The plan commission asked him to remove the boat because it was not in the location on the application."
Oehrlein firmly said he was told, not asked, to remove the vessel by one specific person.
"I don't care, here's what I care about," Cushing said. "Your old CUP (for the rental business) allowed for you to have three displays. With how the highway is now, that area is useless for display because nobody can see anything. I said go right down to zoning, ask for an amendment to your CUP (for the repair business) to display that boat and I'll guarantee it can go out there."
Cushing asked if Oehrlein had gotten the amendment yet and Oehrlein said 'no.'
"I thought maybe you'd say, 'That one boat isn't that big of a deal,'" Oehrlein said.
"But then you get back to the disparity situation," Cushing said. "Somebody's going to say, 'How come you let him have that boat there? It's not in his CUP, he's supposed to have it two buildings down.'"
"So, semantics," Oehrlein said. "It's a couple hundred feet."
Lakeland community center contribution
Lake Retirement Foundation director Janelle Schroeder approached the Hazelhurst Town Board this week with a contribution request to assist in the construction of the new community center.
The board previously donated $4,000 to the senior center; however, when the structure burned down two years ago, the board stopped factoring the donation into the budget.
Cushing said they would have to find the funds but they will contribute what they can.
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