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Lanesboro's new construction


Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Government

There was a Board of Equalization hearing before the regular Lanesboro City Council meeting on April 12. County Assessor Ron Vikre was present to answer any questions or concerns people had about their property values.

Vikre explained they were there to talk about valuation of property and not taxes.

According to Vikre, there was $445,100 in new construction in Lanesboro during 2009. This added to the city's tax capacity. He also said the valuations on property went up about ten percent.

Butch Culbertson asked if only two houses had sold if it would be the same. Vikre said they must have six home sales before it can move the values of homes up or down. Lanesboro had eight sell last year. Four of them were sold for more than their assessed value.

Planning and Zoning

There were a few recommendations made to the council by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The council approved a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for Gandma's Inn for lodging. They also approved a CUP for Bunge's open air market. Council member Tom Dybing explained the conditions that Bunge agreed to that the council approved of last year. He said the market will run from May 1 through October 31. The booths will be temporary, from one to six days only. The market will not interfere with Buffalo Bill Days, and the permit will be re-evaluated after one year. Dybing added that Bunge said there will not be any prepared food served at the market.

The council also approved a Home Occupation for Margaret Lukaason. She has a quilting shop in her home and has a limited amount of space to sell her quilting items.

Codification of Ordinances

Council member Ceil Allen is a member of the Codification of Ordinances Committee. The committee has met twice so far and is working on a large project. The team that has formed includes Bobbie Vickerman, Allan, Matt Schultz, and Butch Culbertson.

Allen explained that their goal is to replace the 1974 ordinance book with the Minnesota Basic Code. "In six months we want to review all seven sections," said Allen.

Allen asked for the city to adopt an ordinance replacing the old book with the Minnesota Basic Code, and it was approved. From here, the committee is going to go through all of the ordinances and make note of any changes or additions. They will then report back to the council.

Allen said the team will be meeting every Tuesday in April at 1 p.m. in the council room.

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Spring Valley's board of review

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night and opened the Board of Review at 5:30. The Board of Review gives property owners an opportunity to appear and voice their pleasure/displeasure with their property evaluations. As usual, the crowd w ..... 
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County fears another cost shift

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Once again Fillmore County Commissioners expressed concern over rumored legislative cost shifts which would put added pressure on county property taxes. Tom Boyd, Community Services, at the board's April 6 meeting explained that if the cost shift pa ..... 
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Rushford Village entertains questions on prospective campground

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

The March 23, 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, Attorney Thomas Ma ..... 
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Ropes visits Fountain council

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Present: Mayor, Richard Kujath, Council Persons: Dave Gudmundson, Jim Schott, Bryan Ostby and Chad Wangen. Clerk: Stan Speer, Asst. Clerk: Sharon Speer. Police Chief: Tom Mosher. City Maintenance: Herman Freese. City Contracted Engineer: Dave Morril ..... 
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Preston approves lease for temporary National Trout Learning Center

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the April 5 Preston City Council meeting an EDA request to sign a two-year lease agreement for the old Buying Time building at 120 St. Anthony Street was approved. The building will provide a temporary site for the National Trout Learning Center. ..... 
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National County Government month

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Karen Brown, Fillmore County Coordinator, announces that Fillmore County will participate in activities to promote April as National County Government Month. The theme this year is "Healthy Counties." There will be a series of articles related to He ..... 
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Wykoff's downtown tree replacement plan

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 8, 2010, at 6:30 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Tim Grabau, Mike Holzer, Michele Hitchcock, Betty Niemeyer, Jeremy Comstock, Cheryl Davis, Al ..... 
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Rushford holds public hearing for new library

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government

In a special public hearing, Monday, March 29th, the council unanimously voted to pass a resolution that gives preliminary approval for USDA loan authorization in regards to a new, shared library and city hall facility. While the measure does not ob ..... 
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