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Rushford Village discusses campground location


Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

The April 20, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Public Works-Maintenance Supervisor Robert Thieret, Attorney Thomas Manion, and Clerk Joyce Iverson, SEMDC/Southeast Consultants.

AGENDA was approved on motion by Atkinson, seconded by Ekern and carried unanimously.

MINUTES of the April 6, 2010, regular meeting and April 13, 2010, joint Rushford-Rushford Village Council meeting were approved as written on motion by Schwanke, seconded by Ekern and carried unanimously.

CITIZENS/GUESTS: 1) Proposed Campground: Emily Spende was present. Howard Otis said the zoning board added a purpose to the county ordinance language and said public access will need to meet state/county regulations. A provision will be added regarding street lighting to keep light pollution from being a nuisance. Mayor Johnson had called the Fillmore County Zoning Administrator today, thinking a campground in a business district would be okay but that is not permitted in the county zoning ordinance. Schwanke spoke with the county feedlot inspector, Mike Frauenkron, about the rational for the 1,000 setback. Frauenkron said a campground was considered as similar to a feedlot but with the number of people, potential noise, smoke, etc. Here two homes may be within 1,000 feet.

Johnson said what we do here sets the stage for the next ones which may not be as well managed. He said when Tri-County Electric purchased their 25 acres, the CRV committed to a business park of 160 acres and invested in the water study that included the proposed campground area. Attorney Manion observed that the concerns were about compatibility and asked, "What is our goal?" e.g., optimal use of land, and should (the campground) be considered in a different area? The area was described as "mixed use." Spende asked for a definition of a business that qualifies regarding Tri-County Electric Coop and Featherstone Farms, and commented on the campgrounds in downtown Lanesboro. Attorney Manion explained that one (Sylvan Park) was grandfathered and the one by the athletic field had evolved.

Johnson asked whether (the Nabers) had identified any other sites and Spende said "yes" but this was their first choice. Asked about the alternate site setbacks, she said they would be similar. She asked about the vision f .....
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43 Fillmore County non-profit organizations in jeopardy of losing tax-exempt status

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

According to the Minnesota Council of Non-profits, accessible at www.mncn.org, a list of 7,536 nonprofit organizations in the state of Minnesota are on the verge of losing their tax-exempt status.

By midnight on May 15, any group that has no ..... 
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Preston's new parking ordinance, June 1

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

After much discussion over the last few months, the city council put the final touches on their new parking ordinance at the May 3 meeting. A resolution was adopted to establish parking zones for semi tractors and semi tractor trailers. Parking will ..... 
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County board continues telecommuting experiment

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

Two employees in the social services department have been working at least in part at home through telecommuting. Community Services Director Tom Boyd reported on the trial program at the board's May 4 meeting. He noted the set up expense for the co ..... 
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Mayors: Communities are at stake

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

Devastating, disproportionate and irresponsible. That's how Minnesota city leaders characterized Governor Tim Pawlenty's latest round of proposed cuts to local government aid (LGA). Mayors from across the state met in St. Paul today to reject the go ..... 
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County takes tentative steps toward ARMER

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen, at the county board's April 27 meeting, discussed where Fillmore County is in the process of inching toward ARMER interoperability. Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) was created by the Minnesota legislature in ..... 
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Bike trail ribbon cutting in Spring Valley

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

There was discussion at the Spring Valley City Council meeting regarding the proposed city campground east of the city. Leonard Leutink presented a preliminary plan to the Council. He explained that there is space for 20 sites, some of those are pul ..... 
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Ostrander discusses "no burn" policy

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Deputy Mayor Thompson. Mayor Linda Schwenn and Darrell Berg were absent.

Motion by Christenson, and seconded by Kunert and unanimously carried to accept th ..... 
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Canton approves new gravel

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mayor Donivee Johnson called to order the regular city council meeting for April. Others present were: Carl Ernst, Hank Seldon, Ross Duckett, Lolly Melander and Jon Nordsving. Cindy Shanks was absent. Ken Fabian and Barb Kerns were guests.

T ..... 
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