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County Board amends Zoning Ordinances


Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County Zoning Administrator Chris Graves explained the proposed changes to the zoning ordinances to the county board at their March 24 meeting. The amendments had been recommended for approval by the Fillmore County Planning Commission after a public hearing at their February meeting.

Graves remarked that the changes should make the ordinances more consistent. Transfers of ownership of properties and businesses requiring a Conditional Use Permit (section 504) can now be transferred through an application at the Zoning Office. A public hearing will no longer be required if the conditional use is not changed. A formal process is now detailed for the revocation of a CUP. A hearing at the Planning Commission would be required for a revocation.

Graves noted that another standard for measuring criteria for variances (section 505) had been recommended by attorney Scot Anderson. Commissioner and Planning Commission member Duane Bakke explained that up until recently a "hardship" standard was applied for the "use" of a property. The additional standard of "practical difficulty" will now be applied as related to the "area" which will expand the use of the variance. This new standard would allow a variance to be granted only when enforcement of the ordinance itself would cause a "practical difficulty." This criteria was recently applied in the Steve Flynn application in Carrolton Township.

The language for the creation of a new official zoning map (section 603) was made clearer. The map shows the divisions of the county into zones or districts. The official map is the final authority "as to the current zoning status of land and water areas, buildings, and other structures in the county."

No new dwellings (section 610) will be allowed to be built on "any portion of the one-hundred year flood plain, including floodway and flood fringe whether elevated above one-hundred year flood plain or not."

With the transfer of or sale of a property the seller shall be responsible for the septic system inspection. A Certificate of Inspection (section 705) is necessary to be in compliance with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) rules. If the septic system is noncompliant an escrow account is required to establish funds to bring the system up to code. In some circumstances, a Certificate of Inspection is not required and those conditions are spelled out.

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Fire Department to kick in funds for fireworks

Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council had a light agenda at their March 13 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks announced that the Fire Department would raise $500 to make whole the contract amount for the Trout Day Fireworks. City Administrator Joe Hoffman had suggested a ..... 
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Lanesboro faces $900,000 in dam repairs

Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council met on March 16, and council member Joe O'Connor updated them on the Public Utilities meeting that was held earlier in the day. O'Connor showed the council the thick engineering report on the flood damage to the dam and hy ..... 
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Lanesboro dam found to be damaged by recent floods

Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

A just completed study of the Lanesboro dam has found "several locations of severe deterioration in the limestone blocks of the dam with excessive amounts of material missing."

The long awaited assessment was requested by the City after the f ..... 
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The future of the historic Forestville Bridge?

Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The dilemma facing Fillmore County as to the future of the Forestville Bridge #6263 has been brought to a boil with the recent discussion at the March 3 county board meeting to consider submitting a letter to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR ..... 
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Fillmore County Board discusses funding proposal

Mon, Mar 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen came prepared with possible alternative contracts to keep the beleaguered, yet still successful program alive at the March 10 County Board meeting. Fillmore County along with a few other counties no longer has state matching fun ..... 
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Harmony City Council: Street lights and storm sewers

Mon, Mar 16th, 2009
Posted in Government



The Harmony City Council meeting was called to order by Mayor Steve Donney at 7:08 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

Present at the meeting were City Attorney, Richard Nethercut, Councilperson, Sherry Hines, Councilperson, Gerald Shuc ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council- March

Mon, Mar 16th, 2009
Posted in Government



The meeting of the Spring Valley City Council on Monday night lasted a total of 12 minutes before adjourning.

Performing Arts Center

What could be a major step for the Arts in Spring Valley was discussed at the Council meetin ..... 
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New surveys bring back bike trail controversy

Fri, Mar 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

David Joerg explained the need for a revised resolution to authorize Eminent Domain to acquire Ristau and Snyder properties for the proposed Forestville Trail at the council's March 2 meeting. The council initially authorized Eminent Domain in Octob ..... 
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