Residential care permit denied
PRINCETON — The Bureau County Board has said no to a conditional use permit for a private residential care institution near Tiskilwa.
At Tuesday's meeting, the county board heard from neighbors opposed to the proposed Seed of Hope residential care institution, which would have been built on a 28-acre property located on the Tiskilwa Bottom Road between the Iowa Interstate Railroad and the Hennepin Canal.
In his comments, neighbor Dale Kimberley said there are several safety concerns about the proposed structure. For one thing, the proposed building would be built on stilts and is located in a flood area. A building on stilts would also be in danger during a tornado. The nearby railroad goes over a low overpass, which could be a problem for emergency vehicles, specifically larger fire trucks. Another concern is the type of persons who would be living there, whether it would be troubled teens, the elderly or others. The area is a mosquito haven, which makes it not a good place for people, Kimberly said.
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