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Lanesboro Council looks at property issues


Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council meeting on May 5 included a few different planning and zoning issues with property in town. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the city approve a request from Bob Schrupp about his property located kitty corner from the Old Village Hall on Coffee Street, near the bike trail.

Schrupp owns a rental home on that property, and he is proposing to take down the house. He will then use the garage as a gift shop, and build a gazebo where the house currently stands.

City Attorney Tom Manion brought up the parking issues with the proposal. According to Manion, city ordinance requires off-street parking. Schrupp's proposal includes five parking spaces. Another issue is that the gazebo may be too close to the property line. Manion also mentioned that the property joins the bike trail, and the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) has strict regulations about retail businesses and signs near the trail. He had encouraged Schrupp to look into those questions.

Manion said that in order for the city to call a public hearing about the project, they would have to know what they are calling it for, whether it is for a conditional use permit or a variance in the ordinance. The council decided to table the decision until more information is received.

The council approved two requests for lot splits. The first was from Darrin and Betty Johnson. Their lot had been split at one time, and was joined again. They requested the split, and are planning on marketing the two lots separately.

The second request came from Wendy Chen and Roxanne Johnson. Chen owns property on Norway Drive that used to have two trailers on it. She would like to split the lot into two to sell them. The council questioned whether or not the lots would be large enough to build on once split. Council member Vince Jeannette was concerned that someone would buy the land with the intention to build, and then find out later that the lot was not buildable.

Manion suggested that the council approve the lot split with the understanding that doing so doesn't indicate that the lots are buildable or approved for any particular use under the zoning ordinance.

Other business

Andy Bunge updated the council on sidewalk and asphalt repairs that will be done this year. Some sidewalk repairs were started last summer and were put on hold as the people working on them had to go help with the flooding issues in Rushfor .....
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Full house at Lanesboro assessment hearing

Fri, May 2nd, 2008
Posted in Government

There was a full house at the Community Center when Lanesboro held a Preliminary Assessment Hearing for upcoming street repairs on Monday,April 28. Many residents who live on both Whittier Street and Maple Drive showed up to ask questions and expres ..... 
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Spring Valley Council deals with routine business

Fri, May 2nd, 2008
Posted in Government

Mainly routine business at the Spring Valley City Council meeting. A resolution was passed approving write-offs of certain uncollectible ambulance accounts. The total write-off for 2008 so far is $11,204.77. In 2007 those write-offs amounted to $84, ..... 
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Rushford looks at water problem

Fri, May 2nd, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - There was a lengthy discussion about water at last Monday's, April 28, 2008, regular city council meeting in Rushford, but surprisingly, the topic was not flood water.

The need for a water treatment plant was evident and funds we ..... 
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Lanesboro council hears about Buffalo Bill Days events, need for volunteers

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Plans are already under way for Lanesboro's Buffalo Bill Days celebration, held every August. The co-chairs of the committee Karen Scheevel and Diane Marzolf had planned on being at the City Council meeting on April 21 but were unable to ..... 
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Preston Council okays bike time trials for Trout Days

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council wrapped up its business on April 21 in a mere seven minutes. David Harrison was absent. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that there was a request to again have the bike races ran against the clock on Saturday, May 15 ..... 
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County Board supports conservation efforts on Earth Day

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Kevin Kuehner and Donna Rasmussen, Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), detailed projects the district is working with and requested the Fillmore County board's support at their April 22 meeting. As County Coordinator Karen Brown acknowledge ..... 
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County okays Hillside Estates tax abatement

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - On April 15 the Fillmore County Board unanimously adopted a resolution approving a property tax abatement for infrastructure improvements for Hillside Estates in the city of Chatfield. Hilltop Estates includes the new elementary school to ..... 
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DEED letter adds more confusion to flood loan process

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - It was with a grim resignation that about three dozen people gathered at city hall in the council chambers for another regular meeting of the Rushford City Council April 14 at 6:30 p.m..

Some have chosen to be spectators, others h ..... 
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