FERGUS FALLS -- Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners, at the board's Sept. 24 meeting, approved a conditional use permit application requesting to convert the existing Red Lantern Resort in Amor Township into a common interest community plat over the next two years.

This will result in a transition from commercial to residential use with no changes to density and no topographical alterations. The property is on Eldorado Beach Road near Otter Tail Lake.

The county board of commissioners followed the recommendation of the county planning commission.

At the same meeting, the county board of commissioners approved a conditional use permit application proposing conversion of existing commercial property to residential property at Star Lake.

This proposal also was recommended by the county planning commission which said the applicants met all of the requirements in order to make the change.

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Later, county board members expressed their disappointment at the further reduction in the number of resorts in Otter Tail County. The board said it will work with county employees through economic development efforts to help existing resorts stay viable.

Mental health issues addressed

Otter Tail County Local Advisory Council (LAC) members Beth Nelson and Fonda Knudsen reviewed with county commissioners a document summarizing mental health issues.

The document lists six subjects that the Otter Tail County Adult Mental Health LAC note as important issues. The document also provides updates on actions that have been taken.

Nelson and Knudsen expressed the need for more psychiatrists in Otter Tail County and discussed options to address recruiting mental health professionals.

County board chairman Doug Huebsch of Perham pledged that Otter Tail County would do all it can to address the need for more psychiatrists. Fellow commissioners agreed with Huebsch.

Eagle Lake LID moving forward

Pat Prunty, past president of the Eagle Lake Lakeshore Association, and Kelly Hepper, current president of the association, briefed the commissioners regarding plans to form a Lake Improvement District (LID) for Eagle Lake, south of Battle Lake.

At its annual meeting, 60 of the 200 properties were represented and 44 of the 60 requested that the lakeshore association move forward with a resolution of intent.

“The lakeshore association has made multiple efforts to inform property owners of our intentions,” Prunty said.

It was noted that the lakeshore association is requesting a resolution of intent with the riparian lots being the boundaries of the proposed LID.

“Our objective is to address issues that impact the water quality on Eagle Lake that the lakeshore association is not able to do,” Hepper said.

A motion by county commissioner Wayne Johnson of Pelican Rapids and seconded by commissioner John Lindquist of Dalton was unanimously carried to proceed with a resolution of intent for the Eagle Lake Lakeshore Association to form a Lake Improvement District (LID).