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Board of Appeals
Tuesday, March 27 2012
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Taycheedah Town Hall
Public Hearing


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town of Taycheedah Zoning Board of Appeals will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., at the Taycheedah Town Hall, for the purpose of considering the request of Agri-Partners Coop, for the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for the installation of a 30,000 gallon propane tank. The Conditional Use Permit would apply to the following property:

N8798 County Road W, Section 13, T16N, R18E, Town of Taycheedah, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, Village of Malone, Lots 4-9 including Block 1 Lots 1-10 including Block 2 excluding north 18'of 3 145' Lot 3, also 60' strip adjoining south side Block 2 as recorded (V795-486 & V33 Corps Pg 647), also vacated Main Street adjoining on the north side of Lots 4-10 Block 2, also south 70' of old railroad right-of-way lying north of subdivision including north 1/2 of Railroad Street vacated by #925466 including parcel lying south of old railroad right-of-way and subdivision, consisting of 6.89 acres.

The public hearing is open to the public. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

A quorum of Town Board members may be in attendance.

Brenda A. Schneider


The Town of Taycheedah Board of Appeals conducted a public hearing on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., on behalf of Agri-Partners Co-op. The Coop requests a Conditional Use Permit for the installation and operation of a 30,000 gallon fuel tank. Members present were: Chairman Gale Burg, John Buechel and Jim Rosenthal. The Secretary, Brenda Schneider, recorded the hearing and took notes. The Chairman called the hearing to order at 7:30 pm. The Secretary read the notice.

Larry Giese, representing Agri-Partners Co-op, was sworn in. His testimony and responses to Board of Appeals members' questions were as follows:

The Coop wishes to install the tank on their Malone property.
Agri-Partners also has a tank in Chilton area. They plan to expand fuel sales into this area of Fond du Lac County. It is more economical to distribute from Malone than from Chilton.
The tank will be 6 feet above ground. It is 60 feet long and 11 feet in diameter. It can be filled to 80% of capacity; which is 24,000 gallons of fuel.
The tank has automatic shut off valves located in the bottom of the tank, mechanical trip valve and excess flow valves. The pressure release valves will reduce the internal pressure to 250 pounds. It would take a fire beneath the tank which would raise the temperature of the gas. The temperature of the gas triggers the release valves. The tank is 3/4" thick single-wall. It is pressure tested to 350 lbs for a certain time, operating pressure at 150 degrees and relief pressure at 250 degrees.
The tank also has two ground rods; one on each end. The rods are 10 feet with #4 wire.
An 8 foot barrier fence will be installed at the control end of the tank.
The planned location for the tank is not wetlands.
The proposal requires a Conditional Use Permit from the Town and a permit from the State Dept. of Commerce.
The State inspects the tank annually. They inspect the initial installation and routinely check the accuracy of the meters. Every five years, they remove and test the relief valves.
The tank will be mounted on concrete footings and secured into place with saddles.
State setback requirements are 50' from property lines and 50' from all roads.
Agri-Partners also have tanks in DePere, Forest Junction, Pulaski, Luxemburg and Shirley. There have been no problems with any of them and no release of gas.
The pump is belt-driven by a three-horse electric motor with a pressure gauge.
The fuel is 42 degrees below zero and will instantly evaporate when released into the air.

Barb Nickel commented that her parents and uncle own a house nearby. She asked Mr. Giese the following questions, (noted by Larry's answers):

The tank will be filled by semi-truck delivery of 9,500 gallons for each delivery.
The tank safety relief valve is at the top of the tank.
If there would be a release of fuel caused by fire, the flame would be at the top of the tank and it would eventually burn itself out.
The tank will be located at the southwest corner of the property.

Additional responses from Mr. Giese based upon Board of Appeals questions were as follows:

Agri-Partners needs to secure the Town CUP before applying to the State.
Felker's Propane does all the design work and the State submittal.
Traffic will primarily use the south driveway.
The piping is regulated by Federal Code; when the Code changes, all tanks must be brought into compliance.
Federal Code requires third-party inspections.

March 27th, 2012 Board of Appeals 2.
Agri-Partners Co-op--CUP for fuel tank

Agri-Partners purchased the tank used. Felker's will install it. The State must test the tank before it can be used.

Motion by Gale Burg, second by Jim Rosenthal, to approve the request for a Conditional Use Permit, for a term of 10 years, for the installation and operation of a 30,000 gallon propane tank with the following special conditions:
Compliance with all State and Federal Codes,
Installation and maintenance of a 8 foot barrier fence encompassing the operational section of the tank,
Installation and maintenance of a dusk-to-dawn light,
Signage is allowed on the tank with a maximum height of 4 foot letter,
Submission of a $25,000 bond, and
Submission of copies of Federal and State inspection reports within 30 days after each inspection.

Roll call vote:
Jim Rosenthal aye
John Buechel aye
Gale Burg aye Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Jim Rosenthal, second by John Buechel, to adjourn at 8:14 pm. Motion carried (3-0).

Brenda A. Schneider

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