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Septic system inspection required before sale


Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig discussed with the county board the enforcement of the Point of Sale Ordinance at the board's July 1 meeting. He noted that the ordinance has been on the books for about a year. It says that "before a person may close on a real estate sale or transfer, a subsurface sewage treatment system inspection must be completed."

Craig said that letters have been sent to relators and closing attorneys in an education effort of the county ordinance. The problem is identifying people that are not in compliance. He explained that people who have sold property without inspecting the septic system are now being identified after closing, and after the sale or transfer is recorded when the information has been entered into the computer system.

Chairman Randy Dahl stressed that landowners need to be made aware of the need for the Certificate of Inspection. Once the inspection is done and if the septic system passes, then nothing else is required. If it fails, the system has to be brought up to code in 10 months to 2 years depending on the issue causing it to fail. The seller is generally responsible for fixing or replacing a failed system. Because of the significant cost of replacing a septic system, a failed system effects a property's value.

County Recorder David Kiehne remarked that most people will comply, but since it isn't in the state statute, he can't refuse to record a sale without the certificate. Kiehne noted that if the document is signed, notarized with an appropriate legal description and the deed tax, he is obligated to record the transaction. He said that the certificate needs to be required by the closing attorney or the relator.

Dahl recognized that people know the intent of the ordinance, but the problem lies with those that try to circumvent the ordinance. Craig added that the enforcement now is after the recording is complete. Commissioner Duane Bakke suggested that Kiehne inform people who fail to have the certificate when they ask to have a transaction recorded.

The board decided to try to better educate realtors and closing attorneys about the requirement for land sales or transfers that involve homes with septic systems.

Social Services

Social Service Director Thomas Boyd asked for and received approval for a contract with Fillmore Central Schools and Zumbro Valley Mental Health. The contractual relationship to treat kids with mental health issues h .....
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Spring Valley proceeds with flood buyout

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council held a special meeting on Monday, June 30, 2008, to discuss issues regarding violations of the junk ordinance and buyout of flood plain property.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer told the council t ..... 
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Harmony Administrator updates council on flood matters

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

The day of the Harmony City Council meeting on June 24, City Administrator Jerome Illg met with Senator Sharon Ropes to talk about water damage in the community due to recent flooding. They toured some of the homes that have had damage due to floodi ..... 
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Spring Valley keeps Parking Ordinance

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council held a Public Hearing at their June 23rd meeting on Monday and encouraged people to come forward that had concerns about the current Parking Ordinance. That ordinance restricts parking on Broadway in the business distr ..... 
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Rushford flood loans reach $17 million

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - It was a big moment, but definitely understated.

At the previous Rushford city council meeting, the business loan spreadsheet of projected flood recovery loans said that the fund was one half million dollars "in the hole."

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Legislators meet with County Board

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Representative Ken Tschumper and Senator Sharon Ropes discussed state legislative accomplishments and disappointments with the county board at their June 24 meeting. Tschumper maintained that with the Transportation Bill passed in February ..... 
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Preston street construction to begin in August

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Michael Lynch of Bonestroo and Associates reported on the project plans and specifications for the 2008 street improvements at a public hearing held during the June 16 Preston City Council meeting. The three proposed projects include Indus ..... 
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Lanesboro begins clean-up

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Government

Like many communities in Fillmore County, Lanesboro was affected by the recent heavy rains. Water in the park forced the city to hold Art in the Park elsewhere on June 15, and there were people who had flooding in their basements. At their regular m ..... 
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Rushford flood loan requests exceed funds

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

There's not enough money left in the flood recovery bucket to meet all outstanding requests; that was what the Rushford city council learned at its June 9 regular meeting.

The news came after Mayor Ladewig acknowledged the city's concern and ..... 
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