Update: Harmony Park permit approved

Last night  the Freeborn County Commissioners held a public hearing to determine if Harmony Park, the privately owned location for Sacred Harvest Festival, would be allowed to renew its  Conditional Use permit.   The board voted unanimously to recommendation for a permanent permit of operation.

The final hearing for the permanent permit is scheduled for next week and is expected to be a formality.   Members of Harmony Tribe spoke at the meeting and HT board member Bress Nicnevin sent out an update to Tribe members last night, “…myself, Nels [Linde] and Aurora [Albright] all spoke on behalf of Harmony Tribe, Jay and Harmony Park…we were heard…along with many others who came in support of this permanent permit.

With this hurdle out of the way, Jay will be speaking to the Zoning Administrator today about revisiting and setting a time and date to revise our noise ordinance restrictions for Sacred Harvest Festival. We have a plan, and we are confident in its timely resolve. Thank you everyone for your support! The Zoning Administrator’s office was inundated with phone calls and emails from Our Tribe! I would also like to thank Rachel Goodman for being there, though she didn’t get a chance to speak…she helped us be heard by adding to our strength in numbers. Thank you Rachel!

Again, thank you everyone! We will keep you posted of new information as we receive it.”

Harmony Park Permit up for Renewal: Faces Possible New Restrictions

Harmony Park, the privately owned location for Sacred Harvest Festival, has its Conditional Use permit up for renewal with Freeborn County, Minnesota on November 7 – today- at 7 pm.  According to the renewal hearing notice Resolution #11-014 puts forth a series of possible new restrictions that include:

  • Noise limits at a maximum of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agencies Rule #7030 with a baseline decibel level between 70db and 80db.
  • Employment of a security firm at events.
  • Use of directional speakers.
  • Bands, electronic equipment or drum circles will have to be silent at 1am on weekends and holidays and at 10 pm on weeknights.
  • Payment by the property owner for one Freeborn County Sheriff’s Deputy 10 hours per day at overtime rate.

Two members of Harmony Tribe intend to appear at the hearing and speak in support of Harmony Park.

Anyone who wishes to appear and support Harmony Park and its permit renewal are also invited to appear at the Freeborn County Commissioner’s office: 411 South Broadway
Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007.

Those who wish to send an email regarding resolution #011-014 can send an email to Freeborn County Commissioners.

Freeborn County Commissioners
Glen Mathiason
glenmath@frontiernet.net

Dan Belshan
dbelshan@clear.lakes.com

Jim Nelson
507-383-2605

Christopher Shoff
christopher.shoff@co.freeborn.mn.us

Mike Lee
ccmikelee@yahoo.com

For more information on Harmony Park go to http://www.harmonypark.com

For more information on Harmony Tribe go to http://www.harmonytribe.org To send an email in opposition of Resolution #011-014 go to http://www.co.freeborn.mn.us/commissioners/default.aspx and email the county commissioners. Those wishing to attend the hearing can go to the Freeborn County Commissioner’s office, located at 411 South Broadway Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007.