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CUPs approved for EcoHarmony west wind and Scheevel feedlot


Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

Another hurdle was crossed with the recommended approval of two Conditional Use Permits (CUP) for EcoHarmony West Wind, LLC, at the November 19 meeting of the Fillmore County Planning Commission.

Project Manager Don Miller, who has an office in Harmony, said six acres have been purchased in Section 14 of Bristol Township for the site of the electrical collector substation. The station will collect all the power produced by as many as 134 turbines. The electricity generated from the turbines will be transported underground to the substation and then through an eight mile long 161 kilovolt transmission line overhead to the electrical switch station, which will be located in Harmony Township.

Miller was concerned about the wording in the county's ordinance saying that the permit was requiring the project to be significantly constructed in twelve months. He made it clear that wouldn't be possible. Zoning Administrator Chris Graves noted the time could be extended to two years if need be.

Board member Duane Bakke asked about the six acre parcel and if the CUP was to be for the whole parcel. County Attorney Brett Corson said he agreed with Bakke that the size of the actual substation should be noted.

Miller was concerned about wording in the ordinance that the substation would have to be put into use by the applicant. Graves assured him the CUP runs with the land. Corson asked about the existence of a security plan and the amount of noise the substation would produce. Miller explained there would be a chain link security fence and state noise standards would be met.

No comment was made from either township supervisors or the public. The CUP was unanimously recommended for approval with three conditions including: the size of the substation being 252'x180' for a maximum of 200 megawatts, two years allowed for substantial completion, and the requirement that the applicant receives a route permit from the state.

The second CUP applied for by EcoHarmony West, LLC, was for the electrical switch station in Harmony Township. Miller said the switch station will produce no noise as it will not have transformers.

Chairman Brad Erickson asked if the power produced would be on the open market. Miller said that it would. Erickson asked about Dairyland which has a substation just a short distance from the proposed EcoHarmony collector substation. Miller made it clear EcoHarmony has reached out to Dairyland, which has n .....
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Spring Valley renews Mutual Aid Agreement

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday night was pretty low keyed and dealt mainly with housekeeping issues.

A Mutual Aid Agreement was renewed between the city and Gold Cross Ambulance. The agreement includes Gold Cross Ambulance ..... 
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Chatfield offers services of wastewater operator to Fountain

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council adopted a resolution offering operator services at the Fountain Wastewater Treatment Plant at their November 23 meeting. City Clerk Joel Young said they have been working with the city of Fountain for several months to det ..... 
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State officials provide details on veteran cemetery proposal

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
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Deputy Commissioner Minnesota Veteran Affairs Michael Pugliese and David Swantek, Minnesota Veteran Affairs, Little Falls Cemetery, presented information and answered questions at the November 24 board meeting. State Senator Sharon Erickson- ..... 
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Rushford city council concludes with surprise resolution proposal

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

With another nearly-packed room, the council nailed down several agenda items at the Monday, November 23rd, meeting. However, an impromptu proposal that was put forth shortly before adjournment, garnered puzzled looks and whispers from the audience, ..... 
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Lanesboro approves final Outdoor and Refuse Burning Ordinance

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council spent some time looking over the 2010 budget during their meeting on November 16. The final budget will have to be approved in December.

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman said Lanesboro's tax capacity went up fiv ..... 
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Rushford Village continues discussion on zoning

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The November 3, 2009, regular meeting was called to order at 8:00 p.m. by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Dale Schwanke, Dennis Overland, Elizabeth Atkinson, and Roger Ekern. Also present: Attorney Thomas Manion, Zoning Administrator ..... 
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Preston starts process for 2010 street reconstruction

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
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Public Works Director Bill Cox discussed the city's recommendation for 2010 street improvements at the council's November 13 meeting. The council approved a resolution to begin the process to have the city engineer provide a cost estimate with a fea ..... 
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Peterson sewer project update

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council was called to order by Mayor Chuck Eidenschink on November 11, 2009. Council members present were: Randy Benson, Tim Hallum, Bill Grindland. Also present was Lolly Melander. Jan Smaby was absent. Gues ..... 
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