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Ag District variance approved


Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in All Government

At the July 14 meeting of the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment, a request for a variance to build a home closer to a neighboring feedlot than the ordinance allows was approved with a 4 to 1 vote. Several people were in attendance.

During the public hearing, Jason Higgins explained he and his wife Michelle purchased a 10-acre parcel in section 18 of Fillmore Township about 11 years ago with the intention of building a home. Mr. Higgins maintained that the property was buildable when purchased. About two weeks after the purchase, neighboring property owner Jerry McDonald applied for a feedlot permit. Higgins insisted he hasn’t seen a lot of livestock and felt the feedlot permit was applied for to block them from building. Higgins said his family lives in Stewartville and they are close to a feedlot now.

McDonald insisted there was no livestock on his property when the Higgins purchase was made because he was doing site work at the time. In any case, the feedlot permit was issued.

The variance would give the Higgins relief from 604.058 in the county ordinance, where the performance standards are listed. “The construction of all new dwellings must be at least 1,000 foot from a feedlot...” Exceptions include the building of a dwelling by feedlot owner’s relatives or the building of the dwelling on an existing building site.

Variance is defined as “a modification of the provisions of this ordinance where it is determined that, by reason of exceptional circumstances, the strict enforcement of the official controls would cause unnecessary hardship.”

Fillmore Township Supervisor Gary Krahn said the township board decided it was not a good idea to grant variances in feedlot zones.

McDonald said he was a feedlot owner, resident and taxpayer and opposed the variance to the 1,000 foot setback from a feedlot. He noted that the variance stays with the property. He asked the board to consider their decision carefully as they would be setting a precedent. He handed Zoning Administrator Cristal Adkins a list of signatures and addresses of 11 property owners opposing the variance. He said he has adhered to all feedlot regulations and has come in regularly and registered.

Feedlot Officer Mike Frauenkron confirmed that McDonald’s feedlot was permitted for 52 animal units, which could be increased any time he wanted.

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Rushford-Peterson goes in different direction

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The R-P School Board approved a proposal from Bernard Bus Company, of Chatfield, for a new two-year contract, beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. The Transportation Committee recently sought Requests for Proposal and received two transportatio ..... 
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Mobile home park greenbelt issue continues

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the July 19 meeting of the Preston City Council, this issue was again raised by Scott Springer, attorney for Kerry Soiney. The complaint has been made to the city council several times over the last couple of years. Mobile home park owner Tim Joh ..... 
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Kingsland facility costs mulled

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Kingsland School Board met on July 18 in regular session, with all members present (Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Gwen Howard and Ann Oeltjen, along with Superintendent John McDonald). Jeff Erding addressed the board, s ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in All Government

• Monday, July 25, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. • Monday, July 25, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, July 25, Chatfield City Council, City Hall, 7 p.m. • Tuesday, July 26, Fillmore County Commis ..... 
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Highway 30 bridge repairs begin July 25 west of Chatfield

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

ROCHESTER, MN - Highway 30 motorists will encounter single-lane traffic and a traffic signal at a bridge four miles west of Chatfield beginning Monday, July 25 while Minnesota Department of Transportation bridge maintenance crews conduct repairs. ..... 
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Mabel City Council discusses mandatory house numbers

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert Several members of the community were present at the Mabel City Council’s public hearing to discuss the proposed house numbers. Others weren’t able to make it that evening, but spoke with City Administrator Karen Larson prior ..... 
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Clean up in Canton

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese The Canton City Council addressed concerns about junk in the yards of multiple residences at their regular meeting on July 13. Mayor Donivee Johnson advised the council that a second notice was sent by the city attorney to Crystal Sc ..... 
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Harmony still waiting on new grit pump

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Government

By Hannah Wingert After having issues with their grit pump for over a year and trying to fix it several times, the City of Harmony was able to purchase a new one. It was shipped from the supplier and was supposed to arrive July 11, but never showe ..... 
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