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Zoning office wants to treat all building permits the same


Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County Zoning Administrator Norman Craig discussed a letter sent to townships from his office at the December 12 County Board meeting. Commissioners were disappointed that Craig had sent the letter before discussing the issue with the board. Disgruntled township members placed calls to some of the commissioners about the letter before commissioners were made aware of it's existence.

Craig sent the letter dated December 7, 2006, to township board members to make them aware of a new policy to be put into force January 1, 2007. He states that an effort has been made over the twenty years of his service to inform township members about land use permit applications. A requirement has been in place for a township to sign off on a permit. However, some townships, recognizing that zoning is the responsibility of the county, have opted out of signing applications for building projects.

Craig noted that land owners from the townships not requiring notification were able to secure a permit, assuming they met ordinance requirements, the same day or in a very short time. In townships requiring a signature the wait could be as long as sixty days. Therefore, Craig notified township boards that the new policy will be to "accept applications, determine completeness of the application, investigate to make sure it meets all zoning ordinance regulations and issue a permit." After issuing the permit, a copy will be sent to the township clerk, no signature required.

Chairman Duane Bakke insisted permits should not be issued for buildings and especially structures on new building sites without site inspections. Randy Dahl asked that applicants be required to mark the spot for a structure on a map, so that there is a record. Bakke agreed. Dahl liked the idea of all land owners being treated the same, regardless of their township location. Bakke asked whether townships would be informed daily when a permit was issued. Craig assured him that they would be. Dahl suggested that a marked map should also go to the township.

Commissioners made it clear to Craig that their greatest concern was new building sites. They requested that applications on new sites and some additional buildings on established sites also be e-mailed with a marked map to the commissioner from that district.

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County may do contract legal work

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Attorney Brett Corson, who was recently re-elected, will now serve in a full time position. Up to now the attorney position has been part time (.8 FTE). On Tuesday, Fillmore County Board members set his salary at $79,825. The amount ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Harry Street project finished

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

After noting Blitz Construction had finished with the water main and houses were to be connected in the coming week, the Rushford City Council discussed how to encourage citizens with private wells on Harry Street to hook-up to city water at their r ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council approves loan for new restaurant

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

Harmony - On Tuesday, December 12, Miles Petree and Lisa Miller petitioned the Harmony City Council to approve a revolving loan for a future restaurant business. The loan will be for $25,000 at 4% interest over a 7 year period to help establish a ne ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Administrator gets glowing review

Fri, Dec 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

Seasoned city council member Rob Norby enthusiastically declared, "I've dealt with four different administrators and Bobbie is by far the best!" at the regular Lanesboro City Council meeting December 4. The council members had individually evaluated ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: MnDot rep offers advice

Fri, Dec 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

Craig Lenz from MnDot addressed the Preston City Council at their December 5 meeting emphasizing his desire to counsel citizens planning beautification projects for the ponds. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent.

Lenz repeated numerous times his r ..... 
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County makes changes to pay plan

Fri, Dec 1st, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The County Board of Commissioners decided to make changes in the employee pay plan for 2007 at their November 28 meeting. Robert Bjorklund of Bjorklund Compensation Consulting presented the results of his market study for Fillmore County t ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Winona company, PAFT, buys TRW building

Fri, Dec 1st, 2006
Posted in Government

Although PlastiComp had shown an early interest in purchasing the east TRW building, city administrator Windy Block informed the Rushford City Council at the regular November 27th council meeting PlastiComp had not been the successful bidder for the ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Snow - alleys and removal policies

Fri, Nov 24th, 2006
Posted in Government

Mark Brewster of Brewster's Red Hotel visited the Lanesboro City Council meeting November 20 to discuss the plowing of the alley accessing the hotel. Apparently one of his recent guests, a visitor from the Twin Cities and an employee of the Pioneer ..... 
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