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Lanesboro discusses Recovery Zone bond


Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held before the regular Lanesboro City Council meeting on October 19. The meeting was in regards to the Junk Ordinance letters that were recently sent to residents that were in violation of the ordinance.

Jon Wilford was at the meeting with some concern about the letter he received. He felt that he did a tremendous job of making improvements to his property. He asked the council what he needs to do to operate his business. He said there are often pipe and building materials around the outside of the building.

Wilford also questioned the cost of sending two city employees driving around town to check for junk on people's property. He mentioned the cost of gas, the car used, the pictures taken, the use of the computer, and especially the several hours spent writing letters to people and downloading pictures. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman agreed that it took several hours of her time.

Mayor Steve Rahn said that Vickerman has taken a lot of heat from the letters she sent out. He said it's a job that needs to be done. Wilford agreed, but felt that going out looking for violations was not a good way to do it. He also presented the council with some photos he had taken of city property that needed to be cleaned up.

Rahn said the council is open to ideas and suggestions from the public on how to handle the junk ordinance. He stated the intention was to clean up the town, and it was never meant to pick on anyone or be threatening. The ordinance was written at a time when the city had a couple of properties that were a serious problem. Most of the issues that required letters were very minor.

Jeff Schwichtenberg felt the city was almost creating a bigger issue than it needed by sending out the letters. He suggested that maybe the council could drive around town instead, or maybe they could call people before sending out letters.

Council member Joe O'Connor said he has received more complaints about junk on people's property than any other issue.

Rahn said the ordinance gave the city a place to start, and maybe next year it can be done differently.

During the regular meeting, O'Connor suggested two council members could be a committee that could gather ideas and check with other cities on how they handle junk. They could also incorporate the Chamber of Commerce. O'Connor and Ceil Allen will make up that committee.

Recovery Zone Bonds

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Snyder/Ristau lawsuit against Preston and DNR

Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government



Most of the Preston City Council meeting held Tuesday, October 20, was closed to the public to discuss with their attorney, David Joerg, the complaint which was recently filed by the Snyder/Ristau attorney, Larry Peterson. A lawsuit was file ..... 
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Rushford's Mayoral race heating up

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

In recent back to back interviews, incumbent Mayor Les Ladewig and challenger Chris Hallum were asked a series of questions by Fillmore County Journal publisher Jason Sethre. The interviews were conducted by video so as to capture not only each cand ..... 
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Rushford's Mayoral race heating up

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

In recent back to back interviews, incumbent Mayor Les Ladewig and challenger Chris Hallum were asked a series of questions by Fillmore County Journal publisher Jason Sethre. The interviews were conducted by video so as to capture not only each cand ..... 
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Canton's liquor licenses

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government



The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met Wednesday, October 7, 2009, with acting Mayor Cindy Shanks calling the meeting to order. Those present were: Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Ross Duckett, Lolly Melander, and Jon Nordsving. The min ..... 
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Rushford, 2009 Municipal improvement projects

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a relatively short meeting, Tuesday, October 13th, the council proceeded to tie up paperwork with the loan application for 2009 Municipal Improvement Projects.

The completed PFA (Public Facilities Authority) loan application indicates tha ..... 
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Harmony sanitary sewer extension

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government



A public hearing was held before the regular Harmony City Council meeting on October 13. A sanitary sewer extension will be placed on 2nd Ave. NW near Solberg Welding and Ironside Trailer Sales and Service. City Administrator Jerome Illg had ..... 
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Six in the running for Rushford's City Council seats

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

While we often hear from candidates regarding their views and goals, it is unusual for the public to be granted a forum to question the candidates. Taking this position, the six Rushford City Council candidates were recently asked a series of questi ..... 
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Chatfield takes a step forward for Potter

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the October 12 meeting of the Chatfield City Council the councilors unanimously adopted the resolution drafted by the Potter Steering Committee. Items in the resolution were detailed and discussed at an informational joint meeting on September 28 ..... 
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