[Audio] No More Soil Survey for Pine County
Pine County will no longer pay for a soil survey. The County Board agreed to suspend paying $27,000 a year because the majority (4-1) believe the costs outweigh the service. Coordinator Mark LeBrun says the surveying will complete, however, it will not finish by the September 2014 target date.
Commissioner Steve Hallan voted against the motion that pulls the county out of the survey. He claims it will hurt county farmers.
Commission Curt Rossow agreed that there may be effects of not having the survey down the road, but says now, it does not make sense to continue to make the payments.
Project Coordinator, Clayton Johnson says the last completed survey was in the 1930’s and published in the early 1940’s. He says updated the survey will give more efficient distribution and will give more details for land sales.
Pine County Land and Zoning Administrator Kurt Schneider says it can help his office with background information.
The state provides $75,000 for the survey. This money will now be spread to other counties in the state. Project coordinators say they will also use less staff in Pine County, and put those people to work in other counties.