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Planning Commission gives okay on two permits


Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - On Thursday, May 17, the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission met to review two Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) and review zoning ordinances 7 - 9 with the public.

Big Springs Quarry

A representative from Knife River Midwest, LLC of Decorah, Ia. petitioned to renew a CUP to operate the existing Big Springs Quarry on property located in an agricultural district approximately 2 miles west of Harmony. During the discussion period Commissioner Duane Bakke asked to verify the quarry's boundaries. After this was explained neither the public or the commission had further questions. The CUP was approved, pending ratification by the county board.

Lanesboro 250 Sand Pit

The Knife River representative also petitioned to renew a CUP to operate the existing Lanesboro 250 Sand Pit on property in Carrolton Township. The pit is located in an agricultural district and approximately one mile north of Lanesboro. Initially the commission had no questions. When the discussion was opened up to the public, Arlen Johnson, owner of a nearby housing subdivision, and many residents of the subdivision raised concerns.

It appears that due to the heavy truck traffic on this road the dust problem for the area is very severe. Johnson stated "we can't hang clothes outside or anything" due to the excess dust. Years prior, the previous pit operators had promised to maintain the road for dust control - and had made attempts to do so. However, due to the increased truck activity these measures have not been satisfactory for the area's residents. This could also be caused because of the ownership of the roads - a segment of the road causing this problem is owned by the township and another is an easement for the pit. Knife River representatives stated that they were unaware of the problem and would work to lay a sap treatment for the dust from highway 250 to the pit during the period that the pit is operated.

The second problem raised was the speed of the trucks traveling to and from the pit. Many stated that a 30 mph sign had been posted near the pit and within the subdivision the speed was 10 mph. In their opinion these trucks have been traveling excessively fast - some surmising that the trucks have been traveling 40 to 50 mph. Subdivision residents Dick Haight and Bryce Dawson both raised instances where they, their families or tourists on the bike trail had narrowly missed an accident due to the speeding trucks. All reported .....
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County board briefed on housing initiative

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Wayne Stenberg of the Bluff Country Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA) and Hall Clapp of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund Program (GMHF) briefed the Fillmore County Board on these programs at their May 8 meeting. The board agreed to g ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: The city readies for Keillor's visit

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

Julie Kiehne, Dave Harrenstein, and Peggy Hanson visited the Lanesboro City Council meeting May 7 with some special requests for the upcoming Garrison Keillor visit in June. Kiehne asked that Highway 8 be closed to all traffic from 7:30 to 10 p.m. o ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Dobie Days gets liquor license pending insurance determination

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

On Tuesday, May 8, 2007, the council welcomed Corey Scrabeck, Dobie Days organizer, to the meeting to further discuss the festival's details prior to approving a liquor license. Scrabeck opened the discussion by explaining his follow-up to previous ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Finishing touches on Hwy 52 construction

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

Holly Zuck, secretary of the PACCA, explained to council members at their May 7 meeting her quest for a sign to direct Hwy 52 travelers to the Preston business district. She had detailed her findings in a "letter to the editor" in the April 30, Fill ..... 
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County moves ahead on airport building

Fri, May 4th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Engineer John Grindeland led a discussion about the possibility of erecting a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) building at the Preston/Fillmore County Airport at the commissioners May 1 meeting. Commissioner Randy Dahl related that the Air ..... 
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Spring Valley awards bid on sewer project

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council was pleased in the bids received for the upcoming storm sewer/sanitary sewer project. The engineer's estimate for the project was $1,236,771.10 and the low bidder was Road Constructors, Inc. with a bid ..... 
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JOBZ for RiverBend gets local approval

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - When the Rushford City Council met on Monday, April 23, they heard reports from City Administrator Windy Block and City Attorney Terry Chiglo on the same day's Fillmore County EDA meeting. Block, Chiglo, and representatives from RiverBend ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Crime Victims Rights Week

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution declaring the week of April 22-28 to be Crime Victims Rights Week at their April 24 meeting. Sarah Monroe of Victim's Services noted that April was also Sexual Assault Awareness Month. ..... 
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