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Public Hearing set for Hilltop Estates


Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Ron Ziegler representing the City of Chatfield Economic Development Authority asked the county board at their February 5 meeting to consider scheduling a Public Hearing for the approval of a Tax Abatement to construct public improvements to service the proposed Hilltop Estates in Chatfield. Ziegler, accompanied by Chatfield's mayor Curt Sorenson, explained that they weren't seeking approval for the tax abatement, but an approval to go ahead with a public hearing.

Ziegler explained that there are two distinct projects including the new school and the Hilltop Estate Subdivision. Ziegler added that the county gets a vote on the development project because of the proposed tax abatement. He went on to describe the extra-ordinary costs related to infrastructure including the road, sewer and water due to the topography. The location is 265 feet higher than Main Street. The City of Chatfield will be the applicant for the abatement.

The development of Hilltop Estates is expected to build about ten new homes, worth about $250,000 each, per year. Ziegler claims that there will be little or no risk to the county. The tax abatement will help finance the roads and sewer and water for the development. The county will not have to provide up front dollars. The city of Chatfield will be responsible for snow plowing and other maintenance. The tax abatement would be limited to fifteen years.

"The total cumulative amount of the tax abatements to be collected by Fillmore County, which includes interest expense, shall not exceed $1,100,000 collected over a period of fifteen years," Ziegler said.

Mayor Sorenson insisted that it will be a "win, win" for the county. The city will stand the risk. He made it clear that the school will still be built even without the abatement. Sorenson said that this is an opportunity to do it right the first time and he is asking for the county's support. He added that he was extremely confident that this will happen and that this is an opportunity to produce future tax revenue for the county.

Commissioner Duane Bakke asked if Chatfield owns the land since they are the applicant. Micheal Bubany of David Drown and Associates responded that it is not necessary that the applicant owns the land. Mayor Sorenson added that the tax abatement is for infrastructure which will be owned by the city. Bubany said that this infrastructure makes the housing development possible. He went on to explain that the ow .....
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Lanesboro fine tunes assessment policy

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council has been going through the new assessment policy and making some last minute changes before the public hearing on February 18. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman has been working with engineers at Yaggy Colby to come up w ..... 
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Preston council gives go ahead for new pumper truck

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

Jerry Olson, Preston Fire Department, asked the Preston City Council to approve funding for their portion of responsibility toward the purchase of a new pumper truck at the February 4 meeting. Olson explained that the pumper to be replaced was thirt ..... 
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Spring Valley Council Report:CUP denied for LaPolice property

Fri, Feb 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council denied a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for Andre LaPolice at their January 28 meeting. The Spring Valley Planning and Zoning Commission had recommended the CUP, for the property located at 612 Huron Avenue, be denied at ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Hypersonic loan application on hold

Fri, Feb 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

Late on the agenda, at Monday's, January 28 council meeting, the council tackled an issue that was reviewed by the flood recovery loan committee and the EDA in recent weeks: Does a start-up business qualify for disaster recovery funds? Case in point ..... 
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Planning Commission approves campground changes

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Working well past 10:00 p.m. on Thursday night, January 24, the Fillmore County Planning Commission, cut and pasted last minute changes to the Zoning Ordinance regarding Campgrounds to send off to the County Board for ratification at their ..... 
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County accepts Bonestroo proposal for hazardous mitigation plan

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Emergency Management Subcommittee recently interviewed three consultant firms to choose a contractor to develop a Hazard Mitigation Plan for Fillmore County. County Coordinator Karen Brown briefed the board on the committee meeting and ..... 
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Rushford Council special meeting focuses on well drilling

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - It is rare for the Rushford council to discuss matters unrelated to the August flood, and Tuesday's, January 22, special session was no exception.

BDM engineer John Stewart advised the council on pending water issues.

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Preston citizens troubled over Nursing Home closure

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston City Council chambers were full to capacity at the January 22 meeting. Citizens came to air their grievances after Good Samaritan announced their intention to close the Preston Good Samaritan Society nursing home by early March 2008. City Ad ..... 
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