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County discusses state rules for septic systems


Fri, May 6th, 2011
Posted in Government

The county board had a relatively light agenda at their May 3 meeting. Zoning Administrator Chris Graves and Feedlot Officer Mike Frauenkron detailed their opinion on what would be appropriate language for the Minnesota Rules Chapter 7080; Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems. They discussed their response to the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) inquiry on the subject as to this county's concerns and what would be appropriate rules for this county.

Graves referred to 1720, Field Evaluation, 5.E,(1)a,b,c. He said the rules as written likely will cause some residents to spend more on their septic system than is necessary. Graves suggested the soils on the west side of the county are good, but on the other side where it is un-glaciated, more mound systems may have to be put in under these rules. Commissioner Duane Bakke agreed saying the new rules will force the installation of more mound systems than previously.

Graves and Frauenkron believe this to be considered a restrictive or confining layer; there should be both red (iron accumulations) and gray (iron depletions), and there "should be a continuous layer across and down in depth, not just a spot here and there." Bakke suggested a discoloration in the soil could just be a 100 year rotted tree root. Frauenkron said it is better to find both gray and red mixed to show water is present, not just one or the other, but both. He added you can not assume that there is a restrictive layer all the way across due to one spot, saying there may be good soil below. To put a mound system in due to one spot is ridiculous.

Bakke said we have to do something as counties and we have decided not to adopt it.

A letter will be drafted by the next board meeting to be signed by Chairman Marc Prestby which will be sent to the AMC.

Notes for the letter give the opinion that there should be evidence of a continuous layer across and down in depth, not just a spot, in the driftless un-glaciated area. The notes go on to explain that much of southeastern Minnesota soils have a red hue, common in un-glaciated soils. It suggests the rules for the driftless area should be delineated from the rest of the state. The notes conclude, the rules as written "would cause undue hardship, more expensive and unnecessary systems from a red spot found in undisturbed soils according to items a, b, and c."

Other Business In Brief

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Rushford waits for F&L development

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Government



A public hearing in reference to a proposed abatement for the F&L Development motel project received a continuation at the Monday, April 25 council meeting. The city had asked for a letter of commitment from the developer in reference to yet ..... 
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Fillmore County supports MAGIC

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Government



The Fillmore County board, at their April 26 meeting, unanimously adopted a resolution recommending the state legislature and Governor Mark Dayton work together with all 87 counties to pass the Minnesota Accountable Government Innovation and ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council discusses EDA loan

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
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There were a couple of interesting items that came up for discussion at the City Council meeting on April 25. One item was on the agenda and the other was not.

The first was a report on the feasibility of doing reconstruction of Sou ..... 
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March Whalan City Council

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
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The Whalan City Council met briefly for its monthly meeting on March 7, 2011. Present were Everett Johnson, Margaret Chiglo, Johnny Halverson, Jim Gustavson and Lolly Melander. Larry Johnson was absent.

Acting Mayor Johnson called the meetin ..... 
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Hiking Club plans new trail in Chatfield

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Government

Tim Gossman, Pat Clarke, and Jenny Bradt, members of the not-for-profit Bluff Country Hiking Club, detailed the club's plans to establish the Lost Creek Hiking Trail at the April 25 meeting of the Chatfield City Council. The 6.47-mile trail will hav ..... 
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Preston creates police sergeant position

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2011
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Police Chief Matt Schultz detailed the responsibilities for a police sergeant at the city council's April 18 meeting. Schultz had first discussed the creation of the position at a November meeting in 2010.

The sergeant would act as chief du ..... 
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Chatfield schools discuss utilizing Facebook

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2011
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Chatfield School Board members met for their monthly meeting on Monday, April 18, 2011. All members except Matt McMahon were present, along with Superintendent Harris and both the high school and elementary principals. High school social studies ins ..... 
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Canton discusses township bills

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2011
Posted in Government

The Canton City Council met for its regular meeting on March 2, 2011. Those present were: Donivee Johnson, Cindy Shanks, Ross Duckett, Carl Ernst, Jon Nordsving and Lolly Melander. Hank Selden was absent. Mayor Johnson called the meeting to order, a ..... 
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