Still no decision on Nestle plant

By John Raffel
Correspondent

Osceola Township officials are waiting for a decision by a visiting 51st Circuit Court judge from Mason County on Nestle Waters North America’s request for a special use permit.

Both sides argued the matter before judge Susan Sniegowski on Nov. 15.

Nestle owns Ice Mountain water bottling brand and had asked for a permit to build a booster station in the township. The township’s planning commission denied the request earlier this year.

“We’re waiting for her decision,” township zoning administrator Dick Douglas said. “We’re not sure when she’ll make it. I haven’t heard anything.”

Ice Mountain wants to increase the draw on water from the White Springs Well Number 101 in Osceola Township.

Ice Mountain wants to increase the draw on water from the White Springs Well Number 101 in Osceola Township.

At the hearing, an attorney for Nestle said the township’s attempts to change zoning categories isn’t what the company desired. He said the permit request should be authorized under special use, similar to the approval nine years ago for the well house and pipeline.

The township’s attorney said the township wanted to work with Nestle through the application process on determining the best suited zoning for the booster pump building.

“They applied for a permit for open spaces,” Douglas told the Marion Pres. “Our ordinance doesn’t allow for what they want to build. The special use permit was turned down because it doesn’t fit the open space (stipulations).”




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