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Preston council committed to eminent domain


Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Kay Ristau made a plea to the Preston City Council at the March 3 meeting to reconsider and rescind their motion of last fall to institute eminent domain proceedings to acquire land for the bicycle trail from Preston to Forestville State Park. The council voted to use eminent domain to acquire access through land owned by John Snyder and Vern and Kay Ristau in Carimona Township.

Ristau asked each of the council members why they think the city should use eminent domain for a recreational trail.

Councilman Robert Sauer explained that this has been going on for ten years spending both time and money. He continued that there hasn't been progress for some time and he sees the need for an impartial person or judge to bring closure to the issue. Jon Haugan added that this was started with a previous council and he sees no other way to come to a resolution.

Mayor Kurt Reicks said that there should be a way to negotiate without eminent domain, but that it hasn't seemed to work. He added that we need to have someone to decide for us. David Harrison suggested that there wouldn't be a trail system without the threat of eminent domain. Heath Mensink added that the problem came before us a couple of years ago and we have hit a wall. Mensink has always maintained that he would vote for eminent domain if no resolution could be found.

Ristau insisted that the trail will not help Preston economically. She claimed that it didn't help Lanesboro. Council members disagreed with that assertion. Kay Ristau held up a pile of papers and said that there were over 850 signatures from people that are against the use of eminent domain for recreational purposes. Mensink said that the people he has talked to are 4 to 1 in favor of getting a trail to Forestville.

Carimona Township Board Chairman Arlyn Hovey asked the council to consider the words "liberty and justice for all" in the Pledge of Allegiance. He insisted that to take property that hasn't been offered is not justice. He suggested that the issue is going to create a divisiveness between the city and the rural area. Hovey said state spending is out of control and tax payer money would be better spent on smoother roads.

Vern Ristau claimed that the bickering is hurting the city, innocent people with businesses in town and the people in the country. A resolution was passed by the township on this issue in 2000.

David Joerg was asked if the other twenty landowners .....
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Social Service programs reviewed

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The history, operation and goals of the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) and the Diversionary Work Program (DWP) were detailed at the March 4 county board meeting. Gail Bunge, Financial Assistance Supervisor, explained that the M ..... 
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Rushford City council: Joint session looks at flood loans

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - In a special joint-session of the Rushford City council and EDA on Monday, March 3, members presented tailored specific disaster loan policies to meet special-case needs, but largely decided to stick with program guidelines that have resu ..... 
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Lanesboro Council discusses need for hazardous mitigation plan

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman recently attended a Hazardous Mitigation meeting, and spoke to the City Council about it during their regular meeting on March 3. Information has been acquired from every city in Fillmore County regard ..... 
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Rushford council okays $1 million in loans to non-flood businesses

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Oh, the headlines. Nobody signed up to be front-page-news when the Feds-and-the-State tipped a dump truck full of disaster recovery funds on Rushford. Like-it-or-not, that money belongs to the taxpayers, the People. And exactly how the Pe ..... 
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Fillmore County joins Southeast Region Joint Power Agreement for communications

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Goodhue County Deputy Sheriff Scott McNurlin and consultant Tom Hannon brought the Fillmore County Board up to speed on the formation of the Southeast Minnesota Regional Radio Board at the February 26 county board meeting. At this time ele ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Street project specs approved

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session and passed a resolution Accepting Plans & Specifications and authorized bids on the Hudson Street project scheduled for this year. The estimates came out lower than originally calculated, accordi ..... 
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Preston to spruce up council chambers

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman received the go ahead from the Preston City Council at their February 19 meeting to do some research on costs and ideas for remodeling the city council chambers. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

Hoffman e ..... 
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Lanesboro adopts Assessment Policy

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The Lanesboro City Council adopted the revised Assessment Policy following a public hearing at its Tuesday, February 19 meeting. The meeting was a joint meeting of the council and the Lanesboro Public Utility Commission. Vince Jeannette ..... 
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