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Bunge seeks 'Conditional Use Permit' at Lanesboro City Council meeting


Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council took a break from the usual at their last meeting on June 1. Street Superintendent Andy Drake took the group on a bus tour of the city's streets. He showed the conditions of some of the streets, and pointed out which ones need the most work.

The tour went up Auburn Street and in the Brooklyn area, where Drake pointed out the "alligatoring" of the street surfaces. "The tops are really bad," said Drake. "The last time these were paved was back in the early '70s."

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman said the Auburn-Zenith area is scheduled to be redone in 2013-2014 according to the Capital Outlay plan. Drake said they are already in trouble. According to Drake, Auburn was paved in 1995, but it was overlaid and not milled. He pointed out some ditches on Hillcrest that were patched last year to get by, and said that Hillcrest is overdue for seal coating. He also believes that the garbage trucks have been hard on some of the streets.

Drake asked if it would be possible to apply for some money to have the old Ox Trail Road widened. Vickerman said she would look into that.

Conditional Use Permit Request

Eric Bunge, on behalf of Bunge Construction, approached the council about receiving a Conditional Use Permit. They would like to use the empty lots on Parkway to create an open air market space. Bunge said the space would be 50 feet by 75 feet, and could have one large tent area or up to 18 10 by 13 areas for vendors.

"We just want to create the space and see what happens," said Bunge. "It's a way to beautify the space and hopefully have a long term thing."

The ordinance now says there must be a permanent structure, so they would need a Conditional Use Permit to use the area for an open air market. Bunge will have to bring the idea to the Planning and Zoning Commission and there will need to be a public hearing.

The city decided to set up a date for a public hearing for June 22. Vickerman will send out letters to businesses in the area and put a notice in the newspapers. Bunge will take the proposal to Planning and Zoning on June 8.

Diner Questions

Vickerman wanted to clear up any questions people have had about the new diner. According to Vickerman, the diner does qualify under state statute as a permanent structure because of the cement slab that it's on. There is an outhouse on the property that has brought on many concerns, and Vickerman said it i .....
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Ideas abound on tri-city tourism

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government

At a Town Meeting Initiative this past March, the desire to enhance tourism in the cities of Rushford, Rushford Village, and Peterson were one of three principal ideas that developed. Now, community and business members, hoping to spur economic grow ..... 
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City of Rushford Village Council Meeting May 5, 2009

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government

Pledge to Flag

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor, Gordon Johnson; Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke and Liz Atkinson, Howard Otis - Zoning Administrator and Judy Graham - Clerk.

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'Junk Ordinance' revisited at Spring Valley City Council meeting

Fri, May 29th, 2009
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The first order of business to be tackled by the Spring Valley City Council at the May 27th meeting was another round at violations of the Junk Ordinance. Things have been relatively calm over the winter but now that the snow has cleared and the gra ..... 
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County employee health screening

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Government

Health Educator Brenda Pohlman informed the board at their May 26 meeting as to the results of the employee health screening. This is the third year participating employees have been screened for vision, hearing, flexibility, body mass index, blood ..... 
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Audit shows city status at Rushford City Council meeting

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Government



The May 26th meeting of the Rushford City Council commenced with a detailed start, courtesy of an audit report from Smith Schaefer & Associates, Ltd. Tom Wente documented the findings.

The information presented further showcased the ..... 
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Preston looking at community gardens

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
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Councilman Jon Haugan encouraged the establishment of community garden plots at the city's May 18 meeting. He explained the gardens could be helpful for people that lack their own space for a garden during this time of economic woes. Haugan ..... 
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Lanesboro reviews expenses and revenues

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government

Jason Boynton from Smith Schafer and Associates presented the Lanesboro City Council with their audit report for 2008. Boynton went over the highlights with the council, starting with the city's revenues.

Boynton pointed out that the levy co ..... 
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Community members "roll up their sleeves" to save summer ball programs

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
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With at least 50 people in attendance, concerned and driven parents met with Community Education staff May 18th to help determine the fate of the summer ball program in the Rushford-Peterson community.

Director Beth Thede led the mee ..... 
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