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New surveys bring back bike trail controversy


Fri, Mar 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

David Joerg explained the need for a revised resolution to authorize Eminent Domain to acquire Ristau and Snyder properties for the proposed Forestville Trail at the council's March 2 meeting. The council initially authorized Eminent Domain in October of 2007. The need for the revised resolution was the recognition that prior surveys split a corn field owned by John and Bernadette Snyder. A special closed meeting was held for about 45 minutes prior to the regular council meeting to discuss the Forestville Trail with the attorney representing the city, David Joerg.

The new survey will show that 2.18 acres of Snyder property will now be sought, less than the 2.52 acres before. The land to be annexed from Vernon and Kay Ristau would be increased including a .37 acre parcel and a 3.44 acre parcel.

Vernon Ristau asked if the council was aware that they still don't want to turn over our land. He seemed eager to take it to court and get it over with. Ristau noted that Councilman Robert Sauer had earlier suggested that it will probably take a third party to resolve the issue. Sauer said that the new survey and the revised resolution were part of the process. Ristau maintained that the area planned for the trail flooded last year. Kay Ristau complained that e-mails sent to them and their lawyer from Joerg also went to Dan Christianson, the banker. She insisted, "Our banker doesn't have to know everything." Mayor Kurt Reicks agreed with her complaint and asked Joerg to not include Christianson. John Snyder agreeing with Ristau said that it was time they got this behind them.

The revised resolution for Eminent Domain was approved with a 3-1 vote. David Collett voted against the resolution.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said that there has been a misunderstanding about the possible cost to the city for the Eminent Domain issue. David Joerg has agreed to act as the city's attorney on the issue without pay. However, bills have come in for $4,400 for appraisals and $4,030 for surveying. Hoffman said that these expenses should be reimbursed by the DNR in the end. Todd Ristau made it clear that the reimbursement would only come if the city won. The council approved paying the bills.

Corson Condominiums

Andy Bunge spoke in favor of approving the rezoning for the condos and the Conditional Use Permits (CUP). Sauer said that he would vote in favor of the rezoning from R-3 to Institutional-Office-Residential (IOR) for the mixed .....
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Rushford Village Council meeting minutes

Fri, Mar 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

Pledge to Flag

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

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County map goes to printer

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the February 24 meeting of the County Board a number of housekeeping items were on the agenda. After about a year the newly corrected Fillmore County map is being sent to the printers.

The map was rejected after being printed and reviewed ..... 
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The meeting was called to order by Mayor

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson, Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke, Liz Atkinson, Howard Otis - Zoning Administrator and Judy Graham - Clerk. Citizens Present: Attorney Tom Manion

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Spring Valley Council applies for business grants

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Government



At the Spring Valley City Council on Monday night, February 23, there was a succession of resolutions being passed that were all connected, with each one being passed "in case the previous one is successful."

Resolutions 2009-14, Re ..... 
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Lanesboro looking to adjust budget

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

Åt their Feburary 17 meeting, members of the Lanesboro City Council looked over suggested budget cuts made by City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman. With Vickerman absent from the meeting, a motion was passed to approve the cuts for planning purpo ..... 
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City talking about Condos

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

Preston - The owners of Corson Condominiums, formerly the Preston High and Elementary School, were present at the February 17 Preston City Council meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that he had been approached late last year by Steve C ..... 
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Preston City Council gives Corson Condominiums a zoning extension

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

Preston - The owners of Corson Condominiums, formerly the Preston High and Elementary School, were present at the February 17 Preston City Council meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that he had been approached late last year by Steve C ..... 
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Wolter appointed to City Council vacancy

Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

Jim Wolter was appointed to temporarily fill the Rushford city council seat left vacant when Laura Deering resigned last month; it was a larger-than-usual crowd at the Rushford City Council meeting February 9, no doubt with the anticipation of some " ..... 
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