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Preston City Council: Council spells out conditions for Heartland building permit


Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
Posted in Features

The council had passed a similar measure at their regular October 20 meeting. But Tuesday’s action spelled out, in more detail, the conditions the Mausts would need to meet in order for a building permit to be issued in the future.

There were two main conditions to Tuesday’s resolution.

First, the city council would not issue a building permit, zoning permit or certificate of occupancy to Heartland until any pending litigation has been resolved.

Southeastern Minnesota for Environmental Protection (SEMEP) has appealed the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) decision not to require an Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed tire-burning facility. On October 20, the city of Preston chose to intervene in the case on the side of SEMEP. Heartland Energy has already intervened on the side of the MPCA. The appeal is scheduled to be heard on December 2 in Rochester.

Second, the council would not issue a building permit to Heartland until the energy company can provide all required federal, state and local permits and agreements.

Tuesday’s resolution passed along traditional lines, with Council members Robert Sauer and Mike McGarvey joining Mayor David Pechulis in favoring the resolution. Council members Heath Mensink and Jerry Scheevel voted against the measure.

For the most part, the debate around the resolution to deny a building permit was civil and reasoned. Mayor Pechulis allowed no public comment from the standing room crowd at the meeting.

Council Debate

The debate over the resolution centered around whether the Maust’s building permit request was to make changes to an existing building or whether the request was the first in a series of building permits that Heartland would need to create the tire-burning facility.

Jerry Scheevel argued that the Maust’s merely wanted to modify their building by making the doors bigger and adding cupolas for ventilation.

“They have a warehouse and want to make changes,” Scheevel argued. “We haven’t denied anyone before.”

Heath Mensink agreed with Scheevel.

“There is not enough basis for denying,” Mensink said.

But Mike McGarvey disagreed, countering that this was the first in a series of building permits required for the Hea .....
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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Felony Charges

•Lee Allen Comstock, 20, Spring Valley, and Amber Lee Finley, 23, Chatfield, were charged with two felony counts of check forgery stemming from an incident on September 15. According to the criminal complaint, the ..... 
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LMC brings Road Show to Chatfield

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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The League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) brought its annual Fall road show to Chatfield on Tuesday, October 28, the tenth of 12 regional cities the league has visited since September 30.  According to Stephanie Lake, the LMC’s Pu ..... 
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Ancestral search leads to Telemark

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Sabotage, heavy water, and atom bomb are words one would normally not expect to encounter when merely trying to locate ancestral farms in Norway. Knowing only that the two farms were located in the area of Tinn i Telemark, my family and I set our cou ..... 
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Preston City Council: Heartland denied building permit

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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At the October 6 Preston Council meeting it was decided to get an opinion from Mary Tietjen of Kennedy and Graven before approving or denying a building permit for Heartland Energy & Recycling. The attorney was to contact the MPCA to see what permits ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Priority one for Lanesboro Council: Police Protection

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Police protection for the city of Lanesboro was a top priority at the Lanesboro City Council meeting October 20. City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson informed the council that she had spoken with Preston’s Assistant Chief of Police Jesse Grabau about ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Benson will hear Morten case

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Morten is charged with second degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Tim Loeding on August 29.

On September 16, Morten’s attorney, Chris Ritts, had asked that Judge Benson to remove himself from the case. Benson had presi ..... 
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Rushford Village Council meets

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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The October 7, 2003 meeting of the Rushford Village City Council was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present included Roger Ekern, Dennis Overland, Dale Schwanke, Howard Otis – Zoning Administrator, Karen Petersen – Treasurer ..... 
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A Day in the Life of Autumn

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Click on the Internet’s Foliage Network and you’ll get a forecast of the season’s peak foliage conditions throughout the state. But just step outdoors and you’ll get an in-your-face blast of what a southeastern Minnesota autumn has to offer.[Read the Rest]
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