The Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday to proceed with enforcement of county zoning ordinances regarding three illegally constructed rental cabins at Chimney Rock Canoe Rental and Campground near Bluffton.

The motion directs counsel to proceeds with the defense of pending litigation initiated by Keefe against the county and instructs Winneshiek County Zoning Administrator Tony Phillips to proceed with the enforcement process for Keefe's failure to obtain construction-compliance certificates for the cabins.

The motions came following the filing of a lawsuit by Keefe last month against both the Winneshiek County Planning and Zoning Commission and the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors.

In the lawsuit, Keefe challenges the Boards' refusal to rezone a narrow strip of land to C-1 commercial and allow the cabins.

The lawsuit states the county's position on this matter is "unreasonable, arbitrary and discriminatory," because similar requests have been made by similar parties and granted.



What's next?

According to Phillips. Keefe will be notified in writing that the existing structures are illegal and must be removed.

He said the deadline for removal will be determined in the near future.

For complete coverage, see Thursday's Decorah Journal.