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Whalan to annex land for subdivision


Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

WHALAN - On Tuesday, September 5, the Whalan City Council voted to enter into an annexation agreement with Holt Township to bring up to 95 acres of land in Section 9 into the city. The annexation is subject to the city of Whalan revising its zoning ordinance, which is presently administered by Fillmore County.

Secluded Land Company of DeSoto, Wisconsin, has an option to buy the land, which is known locally as Whalan Mountain, and develop a fourteen unit subdivision. The land is bordered by the Root River and Highway 16; Gribben Creek also runs through the property. Each lot will be 2.5 acres or larger, taking up approximately 35 acres of land, with shared wells and sewage. The balance of land will be kept in green space and be owned collectively by the resident's association, which will also be responsible for roads. No infrastructure will be provided to the development by the city of Whalan, which does not have a community water or sewage treatment system. The developer has not asked for any special tax abatement from the city.

Developer Corey Lange and the project engineer, Geoff Griffin of Chatfield attended the meeting to answer questions from the public.

Griffin told the council that there were three reasons why annexation would be beneficial to the developers:

• allow the developer to increase the number of parcels;

• allow for development on AB soils; and,

• allow for more than one subdivision per section.

The Fillmore County Zoning Ordinance limits subdivision development to 12 units, prohibits more than 40% of a subdivision to be on Ag land, and limits one subdivision per section of land (640 acres). The city of Whalan will have to revise its zoning ordinance accordingly.

Whalan property owner Mike McGrath questioned why annexation was necessary when everything that the developer wants to do can be done through a Planned Unit Development (PUD), which allows for clustering of homes on smaller lots.

"There's two ways to skin the same cat," Griffin responded, implying that he could go through the city of Whalan or Fillmore County to get the project done. "But the city of Whalan has the right to extend its property to include this development. We decided to deal with them now rather than later."

McGrath also questioned why an annexation agreement was necessary when the city of Whalan has the right to annex by ordinance.

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Lighting up Lanesboro

Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

Lighting the town claimed much of the Lanesboro Council's attention as they met September 5. Streetlights for the downtown area were the first to be discussed. With an estimated cost of around $30,000 for the ten downtown lights and cement pads, fun ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: 4.8% Preston levy increase

Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

The preliminary budget was approved at the September 5 meeting of the Preston City Council. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. Council members charged City Administrator Joe Hoffman with the job of reducing the initial 13.67% increase detailed in the fir ..... 
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Generator case closed - Rushford pays $25,000

Fri, Sep 1st, 2006
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - City Attorney Terry Chiglo reported to the Rushford City Council the results of the August 18 mediation session with Ziegler at their regular council meeting Monday, August 28. Previously, the council had turned down a settlement of $90,0 ..... 
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The arts, a good economic investment

Fri, Aug 25th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The positive economic impact of the 'arts' was highlighted at the August 22 meeting of the Fillmore County Commissioners. Pat Alcott from the SE MN Arts Council (SEMAC) and Micheal-Jon Pease of Cornucopia Art Center promoted the 'arts' as ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preliminary 2007 budget proposal discussed

Fri, Aug 25th, 2006
Posted in Government

An early budget draft was presented to Preston City Council members for discussion at the August 21 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman introduced the budget and added that "no red pen" had been used on the requests made by the various departmen ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Overnight parking issue addressed

Fri, Aug 25th, 2006
Posted in Government

Mrs. B's owner Terry Neumann called a recent enforcement of the "No Parking" ordinance "ill thought out" and declared it would have "far reaching effects" in a letter to the Lanesboro City Council at their regular meeting August 21st. Neumann went o ..... 
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Pilot Mound residents want moratorium on campgrounds

Fri, Aug 18th, 2006
Posted in Government

PILOT MOUND - One hundred twenty eight Pilot Mound residents, more than twice the 57 people who voted in the last township election, have signed a petition calling for the township supervisors to implement an interim moratorium on campgrounds in ord ..... 
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Record numbers use Rushford library

Fri, Aug 18th, 2006
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - "I have the best job in the city!" declared Rushford Public Librarian Susan Hart as she presented her annual report to the city council at their regular meeting August 14. Hart began her report by unfurling a banner longer than the meetin ..... 
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