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Planning Commission tightens up “adult use” ordinance


Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

“It’s required by federal law to permit these businesses,” stated Fillmore County Zoning Officer Norm Craig as the commission asked why they had to even consider such permits.

Adopted in March of 1998, the purpose of the ordinance was defined as to “control through permitting and zoning regulations certain land uses that have a direct and detrimental effect on the character of the county’s residential, rural residential, agricultural and commercial districts.”

In view of a neighboring community’s struggle (Stewartville) with just such a business, the commission has put its ordinance under the microscope, toughening its requirements.

The term “conditional use permit” was originally used to define the parameters in which a business operates within. Changes within the law now require that the “conditional use” be dropped, and where it had been required to be repermitted each year. There are two types of permits: Adult Use Principal and Adult Use Accessory. Principal permitted businesses are only in industrial zoning districts, include more than 20% of floor area or over 500 sq. feet. Accessory are located in commercial zoning districts, and cannot comprise more than 20% of the floor area, or up to 500 sq. feet, whichever is smaller.

There is a $1,000 fee for the permit, with a background check to be conducted by the Sheriff’s Department and paid by the applicant. Commission member Rod Humble requested fingerprinting be required by the applicant and the business’s employees. He also felt that under the ineligibility clause, conviction of a felony should should be changed to a gross misdemeanor instead.

“Better safe than sorry” was his opinion.

This language will be researched to determine if the commission has the legal ability to change the definition.

The commission tightened language even further when it came to minimum setbacks. A 1,000 foot minimum is required between such establishments as churches, schools, hospitals, parks, day care facilities; and public libraries. Commission member Keith Culver was in favor of a 2,000 foot setback. However, Craig and County Attorney Brett Corson questioned this view, noting that the county can’t set limits that totally shut out such a business. There must be some availability within the county.

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Harmony City Council Report: Who pays for extra meters?

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Harmony’s council members thought they had covered all the issues when they redid their meter policy several months ago. It was their intent that the changes reflected fairness both to single dwelling property owners, multi dwelling units, and the ci ..... 
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Commentary: Europe questions Bush strategy on terror

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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I was in Europe when the bombings in Madrid took place on Thursday, March 11.

In fact, my daughter and I had taken a train from Amsterdam to the town of Haarlem and then on to the coast at Zandvoort that day. It was cold and cl ..... 
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Moose trial begins March 22

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Jury selection in the Floyd Moose trial begins in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, March 22. According to County Administrator Jim Attwood, thirty prospective jurors have been called for Monday, with ten additional jurors available for Tuesd ..... 
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Class of 74 takes reunion to new heights

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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Class reunions, for many, conjure up images of boring hotel ballroom dinners where spouses are dragged along kicking and screaming. That’s definitely not the case for Spring Valley High School’s Class of 1974. Eight members of this close-knit class a ..... 
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Commissioners take a stand

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
Posted in Features

For the third time the courthouse construction project has had a leaky roof. This time it happened just days before the (already rescheduled) department office shuffle was to commence. On Friday, March 5th, driving rains in the early morning hours fo ..... 
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Fillmore County Commissioners Report: County holds employee recognition ceremony

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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Each year Fillmore County’s commissioners recognize county employees who have reached a five-year increment in employment. Those individuals were thanked for their service during the regular board meeting March 9. Thirty-two individuals received cert ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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Felony Dispositions

•Douglas Henry Dehn, 49, of Rochester pled guilty to prohibited anhydrous ammonia activities. Judge Robert Benson sentenced him to 12 months and one day in prison and ordered him to pay $97 in fines after Deh ..... 
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Township Election Results

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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Amherst Township

Supervisor: Merwood Storhoff, 13

Clerk: Dean Underbakke, 13

Arendahl Township

Supervisor: Darrel Hatlevig, 12

Clerk: Keith ..... 
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