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Board OKs vineyard/winery

Shannon and Angel Zimmerman, W10887 875th St., got the green light for a vineyard on their 20 acres when the Clifton Town Board recommended a conditional use permit to the county for Bellevinez Vineyard & Winery. That recommendation was made at the town's regular meeting Sept. 4.

The couple plans to plant grapes on the 15 acres behind their home.

The grapes will be used to produce wine, which will then be sold on-site and for distribution. The business hours will run May through October.

Shannon Zimmerman said he's spoken to his neighbors about the vineyard and eventual expansion of the business and they were all supportive.

He and his wife would like to eventually operate a winery/restaurant similar to Vino in the Valley near Maiden Rock, also in Pierce County.

Town Board Chairman Leroy Peterson said when the time comes, the Zimmermans' land will have to be rezoned commercial to run a retail business.

Peterson said such rezoning is a couple of years down the road when the couple hopes to expand the vineyard to include the restaurant.

In other business, the Town Board agreed to recommend a conditional use permit to the county for George Jacques, N6225 1340th St., whose daughter plans to open a 21- by 48-foot greenhouse on their property off Hwy. 29 near the Churchill Storage Units. The greenhouse will be used to grow flowers and plants.

Building permits were granted to:

--Chris Dillion, W12520 851st Ave., for a remodel that includes replacing skylights with windows, $15,000.

--Clare Hurley Trust, W12755 735th Ave., to replace a pole shed, convert a garage to a photography studio and completely remodel a house, $250,000. A separate permit was granted to replace a holding tank in the septic system.

--Brion Dosch, W11951 757th St., for a new house.