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Chatfield Councilors agonize over Burr Oak Avenue decision


Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Chatfield City Council held a closed door meeting lasting about 70 minutes discussing the Burr Oak Avenue extension project at their July 13 meeting. They had the closed door meeting due to the possibility or potential litigation if they go forward with the project.

The resolution to be voted on, which later failed, described the need for the property for what is "necessary and in the public interest." The city wants to construct an extension of Burr Oak Avenue, from Margaret Street to the west to connect with Olmsted County Road 136. The city has sustained significant costs related to the planning of the project and has had a commitment from Olmsted County to participate financially in the cost of the street extension. The city has also entered into a construction contract to build the extension.

The city has, over several months, tried to negotiate with property owners for the needed property, in part unsuccessfully. The resolution finds that continuing the project is in the best interest of the citizens of Chatfield.

The resolution allows the city attorney to proceed to acquire the needed property through procedures detailed in Minnesota Statute 117 allowing the city of Chatfield to "acquire the right of title and possession of such needed property interests by means of the 'quick take' procedure described in the provisions of Minn. Stat. 117.042."

A motion made by Councilor Ken Jacobson to have City Attorney Fred Suhler follow the details of the resolution failed with Councilors David Frank, Paul Novotny, and Josh Thompson voting against. Jacobson argued, "We have to get off the dime." Novotny wanted to take a couple more weeks to try and work something out. He was concerned about repercussions that go along with taking land for this road, but then admitted there will be repercussions either way.

City Attorney Suhler said it was in the city's best interest to resolve the issue in a way that is amicable with the property owners. He maintained something needs to be done - either do the project with an agreement from the owners or contact the contractor.

Mayor Les Knutson argued if the dollars promised from Olmsted County go away, those dollars are lost to the city of Chatfield. He didn't see how two weeks would make a difference. He said he is not ready to abandon the project and absorb the loses.

Thompson said he decided not to forcefully take anyone's property and he was prepared to abandon the p .....
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Rushford downtown motel group falls short of goal

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

"As a group, we'll support whatever any other motel developer in town wants to do," said Daryl Thompson, representing the group known informally as the "Downtown Motel Group" in Rushford.

Thompson's comment, made at the July 13 Rushford City ..... 
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Harmony City Council discusses roads and assessments

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council approved a public hearing that will be held during their council meeting on August 10. The city will be paving 5th Avenue Southeast from 1st Street to Center Street and is planning on assessing 25 percent of the total cost t ..... 
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Graves looks for clarification of zoning laws

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Zoning Administrator Chris Graves was trying to unmuddy the water on several points at the July 16 Planning and Zoning meeting. He asked what kind of sewer systems should be required for the Amish community? He explained according to the legislative ..... 
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Spring Valley working on bike trail

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

The bike trail through Spring Valley took another step toward completion at the July 13th meeting. The Council approved the bid of Rochester Sand and Gravel to surface the bike trail from the Sewage Treatment Plant to the City Farm, a distance of 2. ..... 
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Davids and Ropes meet with Lanesboro City Council

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Senator Sharon Ropes and Representative Greg Davids spent some time in Lanesboro this week. They spoke to the public and the City Council during the joint meeting with the Public Utilities Commission on July 6.

Ropes said that she and Davids ..... 
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Preston local government aid more than anticipated

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said at the council's July 6 meeting that the reduction of funds from the state is "good news compared with what we thought it would be." This last month Governor Tim Pawlenty made known a $300 million reduction in Loc ..... 
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City of Rushford Village Council Meeting June 16, 2009.

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

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The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke, Howard Otis - Zoning Administrator and Judy Graham - Clerk.

Citizens Present: Beth Mitchell, At ..... 
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Fillmore County may participate in a Chemical and Mental Health Program redesign

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Social Services Administrator Thomas Boyd discussed the progress of a twelve county effort for collaboration in the southeast region at the Fillmore County board's July 7 meeting. The effort is still in its infancy and has not been approved by any o ..... 
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