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Preston Council requires developer to comply with parking ordinance


Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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The Preston City Council approved a development agreement between the city and Corson Condominium Corporation at their Monday, December 16 meeting. Corson, who is developing 12 new apartment units at the old elementary school property, has asked the city for property tax abatements for a period of 10 years.The only stumbling block to the agreement being finalized has to do with the developers responsibility to comply with the city parking ordinance, which calls for two parking spaces per single unit that is developed.The agreement that the council approved on Monday, gives Corson until November 2004 to comply with the city parking ordinance.In correspondence with the city, Steve Corson asked that the two spaces per unit parking requirement be waived and replaced with 11/4 spaces per unit. Corson recommended making up any shortfall by placing spaces on gravel. He also asked that the blacktop requirement be grandfathered in.In his letter, Corson argued that the language regarding parking could be omitted due to the fact that the conversion of the school into apartments started prior to the city passing its parking ordinance.This fact was disputed by most members of the council, who recalled the ordinance going into effect in 1987, well before the start of the apartment project. Corsons correspondence sparked considerable debate, including whether the corporation meets the parking requirements now.City Administrator Fred Nagle said that the parking ordinance is there to keep on-street parking to a minimum. If the streets are full, it creates problems for snow plows and emergency vehicles, Nagle said.After the council approved the agreement, which upheld the parking requirement, City Attorney David Joerg said that it is now up to Corson.Its his choice, Joerg said. Either he agrees or abandons the tax abatement request, which comes to about $26,000. In a related matter, the council authorized the city attorney to talk to Cecil Anderson of Anderson Homes LLC to inform him that a deferred special assessment issued in 1998 for $60,000 to Eugene and Helen Anderson would be assessed beginning in 2003. The 24 acre Golf View Estates is broken up into 18 lots. Each lot will be assessed at $3333 over a 15 year period. Other BusinessThe council accepted .....
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Good news at Rushford City Council - lower taxes, new airport building

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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The Rushford City Council meeting was full of tidings of great joy Monday night, December 16. The council reviewed the proposed recommended 2003 budget of $530,480, which was $18,540 below the maximum levy originally sought. This budget would have a ..... 
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Lanesboro residents turn out for sex offender notification meeting

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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More than 50 concerned residents turned out for a Community Notification Meeting at the Lanesboro Community Center on Thursday evening to find out more information about a Level 3 Sex Offender who was released into the community. The meeting was cond ..... 
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Sumner residents discuss moratorium, proposed subdivision

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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The Sumner Township Board met Monday, December 16, to reconvene their meeting of November 25 which ended in a recess, so that the board could discuss the legal and financial implications of a possible zoning moratorium with legal council.  ..... 
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The Little Red Jacket

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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"At one time it was so bad that I thought the young would have to go naked. We had of course ration cards, but that was no help so long as there wasn't so much as a yard of material to find! So then came a call from the Creamery Station that new 'Ame ..... 
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Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon...

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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Every December, as the Christmas spirit begins to fill our hearts, the city of Caledonia in Houston County, puts on their annual "Bluff Valley Balloon Rally". At this event, the people of Caledonia open their homes and share them with the balloon tea ..... 
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Harmony City one step closer on wastewater plant

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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The city of Harmony may pass "Go" and collect anywhere from $374,850 to $624,750 in funding if the Environmental Review Report application is approved for a U.S.D.A. Rural Development Grant explained Mike Lynch, Bonestroo & Associates, at the Harmo ..... 
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Police calls, library parking and liquor licenses discussed at Rushford council meeting

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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The December 9th Rushford City Council Meeting began with a discussion of outstanding bills for police services to Rushford Village. Calls for police assistance are received in Preston; the Sheriffs Department then often calls on the City of Rushfor ..... 
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Report on Preston indoor pool and rec center completed

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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The Preston area has the philanthropic capacity to support a capital campaign to build an indoor aquatic and recreational center.   That was the conclusion that consultants from Crescendo Consulting of Winona reached after co ..... 
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