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Complaint filed over improper debris burning


Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Kay Spangler attended the November 17 Preston City Council to explain her grievances about the demolition and burning of the debris from two homes. The debris was hauled to a pit area on the property of David and Rita Wilson on the west edge of town and burned over a three week period. Spangler lives near the site.

The first Preston law enforcement officer to follow up on the smoke complaint at the Wilson property was met by people working at the site who suggested that they were not aware that the burn site was in the Preston city limits. After this visit by the police, Spangler said that the fire continued to burn and smoke and that trucks continued to haul debris to the site for another week and a half.

Spangler wrote her first letter complaining about the acrid smoke and smell at her home on September 19. She noted that they had been away from their home for a week or so. Spangler delivered the letter to the city and was assured that city law enforcement would stop the dumping and the burning. She said that the large area where the debris had been burned was excavated and covered up the next day.

Mrs. Spangler asserted that Wilson had not obtained an open burning permit. Spangler suggested that two old homes purchased by Andy Bunge were demolished and hauled to the Wilson site.

Attorney Dwight Luhmann who represents the city and also Andy Bunge informed this reporter that Bunge purchased the one property on Fillmore Street as an empty lot and was not responsible for removing the existing home. Spangler said that she followed one truck back to the home that used to be the Strahl property.

Councilman Robert Sauer suggested that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) could make the parties involved dig up the ash and debris. City Attorney Dwight Luhmann noted that the MPCA is considering that possibility. He added that the parties involved have met with and are cooperating with the MPCA. At this time no decision has been made.

Spangler was most concerned about what has been buried and if there is any hazardous material that could affect private wells. The buried debris is near the Root River. She requested that the city consider adopting a Demolition Landfill Ordinance.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said that the city has an open burning ordinance, but that people cannot burn a house. He stated that no burning permit had been applied for and if it had been applied for with the pu .....
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Planning Commission recommends approval of Harmony quarry

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

An over flow crowd spilled out of the commissioner's board room at the Fillmore County Planning Commission's November 20 meeting. Keith Bruening, Bruening Rock Products, Inc., Decorah, Iowa, had applied for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a rock ..... 
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Green Acre forms need to be returned

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Commissioner Duane Bakke made an announcement forewarning landowners with Green Acres at the board's November 18 meeting. Commissioner Stafford Hansen was absent.

Bakke stressed that one of the boxes must be checked on a form from ..... 
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No deer hunting in city of Rushford, yet

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

Deer.

Your garden can't live with 'em, and you can't shoot 'em out of season. Or within city limits. Yet.

Not only are deer a nuisance in the city of Rushford, but according to councilman Robert Dahl, there are statistics to show tha ..... 
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Harmony City Council trims 2009 budget

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

Another discussion was held on the 2009 budget at the Harmony City Council meeting on November 10. Using suggestions from council members at the October meeting, City Administrator Jerome Illg made some revisions to the budget that were looked at du ..... 
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Lanesboro residents raise concerns over street assessments

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council adopted the resolution on assessments made for the Capital Improvement Projects. A final public hearing was held Monday evening, November 10 and the council spoke to a full house. Residents affected by both the Whittier St ..... 
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Citizens plead for plowed walking trails

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Kathy Jetson and Marcia Ptacek made clear their wish to have the city maintain part of the trail at Spring Creek Park during the winter to allow for walking at the Spring Valley City Council's November 10 meeting. Councilmen Jeff Veh ..... 
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County Board denies Moulton Rezoning Application

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At their November 4 regular meeting the Fillmore County Board unanimously approved a resolution denying the rezoning request from agricultural to industrial requested by Dan Moulton of Chatfield Township. Zoning Administrator Norman Craig ..... 
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Entrepreneurship grant discussed

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Lanesboro City Council member Joe O'Connor spoke at the council meeting on November 3 about the TMI Group meeting he attended recently. The city received a TMI Grant for Entrepreneurship in the amount of $15,000 this spring.

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