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Lanesboro City Council Report: Public hearing to vacate Southern Hills easement set


Fri, Oct 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Developer Gary Grebin came before the Lanesboro City Council at their Monday, October 1, meeting to discuss the possibility of re-platting Lots 9 and 10 of the Southern Hills development, on the backside of Maple Drive. The matter was referred to the council from the Planning & Zoning Commission without action because, according to City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson, "they are not city planners."

The original plat called for a 33 foot wide easement to the city. Grebin wanted to ensure that the easement would not be used for a road, as he had two parties interested in the lots and they preferred not having a road going through there.

City Attorney Tom Manion said that the easement, as written on the original plat as "dedicated to the public," could be interpreted as "a road."

Manion said that he could find no provision in the city's zoning ordinance for re-platting.

He said that the council had two options: take the action to allow for re-platting with the consent of existing property owners; or vacate the easement while retaining rights for utilities.

Grebin responded, "I just need someone to tell me that there won't be a road going through there."

City council member, Kevin Drake, who sits on the Public Utilities Commission, told the council that the city doesn't need that easement for a road. He said that at present, water and power utilities go through the right of way.

The council approved a resolution to hold a public hearing to "vacate 33 feet of the two lots, while retaining current and future public utilities." The hearing is tentatively planned for the October 15 council meeting.

Capital Improvement

Projects

The city is working with Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates to prepare a multi-year plan for capital improvement projects. The consensus of the council was that the city needed to revise its assessment policy, look into bonding and prioritize projects.

Council member Joe O'Connor said that in his research a 30 to 35 percent assessment policy seemed "reasonable."

Also under consideration is the city using a sales tax in the future to help with funding capital improvements. The council passed a resolution to proceed with a sales tax, get the matter on the 2008 ballot and lobby legislative support for the legislative authorization.

"If we want to do projects in 2008, we need to start doing the engineering now," Administrator To .....
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Rushford council sorts out aid issues

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Government

By Bonnie Prinsen & Tom Driscoll

RUSHFORD - "We've heard from so many entities about our unique unity as a community," said Council member Nancy Benson at the regular meeting of the Rushford City Council last Monday, Sept. 24. "Money should n ..... 
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Flood recovery dominates county board agenda

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Government



PRESTON - Fillmore County commissioners faced a full agenda at their September 25 meeting with most issues relating to the recent flooding in southeastern Minnesota. A group of people from several organizations and departments detailed their ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Reconstruction of Hudson Street set for public hearing

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council met Monday night September 24 and passed a resolution calling for a public hearing on a major improvement project. Bryan Holtz of Yaggy Colby Associates presented the Feasibility Report to the Council. ..... 
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Rushford struggles with bad wells and condemnations

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Looking a little weary nearly a month after flooding transformed Rushford into a disaster area, Mayor Les Ladewig and City Council members Nancy Benson, Laura Deering, Larry Johnson and Herb Highum met in special session on Monday Septemb ..... 
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Board of Adjustment turns down variance request

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board of Adjustment voted on Thursday, September 20, to reject an application for a variance in Harmony Township.

Roger and Rosella Peterson had asked for a 902 foot variance to build a house on property they o ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Lanesboro 20/20

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held before the regular city council meeting in Lanesboro on September 17. The topic to be discussed was the Lanesboro 20/20 plans for the future, and Carla Noack was present to answer any questions about the document entitled " ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston hires new librarian

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
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The Preston City Council met Tuesday September 18 for their regular meeting. Council member Robert Sauer was absent. Bob O'Reilly who sits on the Library Board detailed the board's unanimous recommendation for the new librarian, Elizabeth Anderson. ..... 
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County Board discusses disaster credits for homestead property

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Assessor Robert Pickett explained the current law regarding disaster credits on 2008 payable taxes for homesteaded property owners at the board's September 11 meeting. The Minnesota Statute 273.123 Reassessment of Homestead Property ..... 
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