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Planning Commission recommends approval of Harmony quarry


Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

An over flow crowd spilled out of the commissioner's board room at the Fillmore County Planning Commission's November 20 meeting. Keith Bruening, Bruening Rock Products, Inc., Decorah, Iowa, had applied for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a rock quarry located on Alan Thorson's property, Section 3, Harmony Township. The property is currently being used for row crops.

Engineer Geoffrey Griffin of Chatfield detailed the plans for Bruening. Griffin maintained that the rock quarry would be in a good location, not needing to use gravel roads which produces a dust problem. The proposed quarry would not require any variances. Griffin assured the commission that neighbors would be notified before blasting.

No Harmony Township Supervisors spoke for or against. Jerry Grehl, Harmony, was concerned about a large sink hole west of his home and the affect of blasting on his foundation. Secondly, he worried about the quarry's affect on Partridge Creek which is a tributary to Camp Creek, both trout streams.

DNR hydrologist and licensed professional geologist Jeff Green was also concerned about the trout streams and the possible affect on springs. He noted problems associated with Big Spring Quarry and its negative affect on Camp Creek. Area Fisheries Supervisor Steve Klotz expressed his concerns in a letter to the commission dated November 17. He warned that "any additional potential impact to either spring flow or water quality in these streams (Partridge Creek and Camp Creek) should be thoroughly examined."

Griffin explained that Green's concerns could be met by raising the floor of the quarry 20 to 30 feet. He said that there are no known sink holes or springs on the proposed quarry. Commissioner Duane Bakke asked where the projected floor was. Griffin responded that if the floor was raised 20 feet, then the floor would be at an elevation of 1220 feet which is the same elevation as the dry run. Bakke asked about the depth of material to be excavated. Griffin said that it was 1285 feet to the top of the hill which would allow about 65 feet of material.

Evelyn DePunteney, Harmony, claimed her house, which is over 100 years old, is the closest home to the site. She has lived there 12 years and commented that the sink hole near her driveway is growing. She said that the blasts are like earthquakes and cause cracks in her home and could possibly pose a radon health concern. She was worried about the close proximity of the quarry t .....
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Green Acre forms need to be returned

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Commissioner Duane Bakke made an announcement forewarning landowners with Green Acres at the board's November 18 meeting. Commissioner Stafford Hansen was absent.

Bakke stressed that one of the boxes must be checked on a form from ..... 
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No deer hunting in city of Rushford, yet

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

Deer.

Your garden can't live with 'em, and you can't shoot 'em out of season. Or within city limits. Yet.

Not only are deer a nuisance in the city of Rushford, but according to councilman Robert Dahl, there are statistics to show tha ..... 
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Harmony City Council trims 2009 budget

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

Another discussion was held on the 2009 budget at the Harmony City Council meeting on November 10. Using suggestions from council members at the October meeting, City Administrator Jerome Illg made some revisions to the budget that were looked at du ..... 
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Lanesboro residents raise concerns over street assessments

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council adopted the resolution on assessments made for the Capital Improvement Projects. A final public hearing was held Monday evening, November 10 and the council spoke to a full house. Residents affected by both the Whittier St ..... 
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Citizens plead for plowed walking trails

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Kathy Jetson and Marcia Ptacek made clear their wish to have the city maintain part of the trail at Spring Creek Park during the winter to allow for walking at the Spring Valley City Council's November 10 meeting. Councilmen Jeff Veh ..... 
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County Board denies Moulton Rezoning Application

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At their November 4 regular meeting the Fillmore County Board unanimously approved a resolution denying the rezoning request from agricultural to industrial requested by Dan Moulton of Chatfield Township. Zoning Administrator Norman Craig ..... 
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Entrepreneurship grant discussed

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Lanesboro City Council member Joe O'Connor spoke at the council meeting on November 3 about the TMI Group meeting he attended recently. The city received a TMI Grant for Entrepreneurship in the amount of $15,000 this spring.

Fiv ..... 
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Preston Council sets Assessment Hearing for 2008

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council breezed through a light agenda at their November 3 meeting. Robert Sauer was absent. A resolution setting the assessment hearing for Thursday November 20 was approved. The hearing will be combined with the regular second mon ..... 
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