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Rushford City Council Report: Perspectives on cycles and deer


Fri, Oct 13th, 2006
Posted in Government

Motorcycles-unwanted, unnecessary noise or the welcome sound of visitors arriving to spend time and money in Rushford? Deer-beautiful "pets" to feed and enjoy or pests that demolish gardens and yards? The Rushford city council spent much of their regular meeting October 10th discussing what the stance of the council should be on both issues.

Richard and Holly Holle attended the meeting to ask the council to take action to handle motorcycle noise that was "just too much" in their opinion. "I do not want to take away the joy of the ride-just the noise!" declared Richard. He continued, "Citizens have the right to quiet enjoyment of their homes."

Henry (Stumpy) Becker pointed out that the restaurants and other businesses in town look forward to the increased trade generated by the motorcycle runs.

Chief of Police Sam Stensgard hasn't found the cycle activity "alarming;" he reminded staff the cycles travel through other communities and on highways without causing a problem. Stensgard felt the wrong message could be sent visitors if the city was to enforce a noise ordinance.

The current noise ordinance refers to the hours of 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and is concerned with noises such as horns, boom boxes, etc.; it doesn't apply to this situation. City Clerk Kathy Zacher reminded the council the city lawyer had said it was difficult to define "too loud." A decibel meter would be necessary if the ordinance were made more specific.

Holle suggested a sign stating the noise law was strictly enforced. City Administrator Windy Block responded that sign pollution could be a problem too, noting that signs could be posted saying other things were enforced as well.

At the end of the meeting a concerned cyclist spoke with Block wondering what the city's stance was on the issue since a run was planned for the weekend. Block replied with a smile, "Try to help us keep it to a mild roar." The council consensus was that they would create no new ordinance at this time, but rather remind cyclists to be considerate of others as they enjoy their ride.

Deer

After being approached about the possibility of allowing bow hunters to "clean up the deer" on some property in the city near the river, Block asked the council for their feelings on deer hunting in the city. Block pointed out that Peterson allows hunting in the city with the mayor determining who was allowed to participate. Block offered to research other city's policies .....
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Harmony City Council Report: Council discusses range of issues

Fri, Oct 13th, 2006
Posted in Government

Harmony - On October 10 the Harmony City Council discussed raising the utility rates for the city. Council members explored what the rates should be - the challenge is to raise the rate to reflect charges on a more current scale, however, if too lar ..... 
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Commissioners Report: County Board prefers E-85

Fri, Oct 6th, 2006
Posted in Government

Highway Engineer John Grindeland requested authorization to purchase four new pick-ups at the October 3 meeting. Grindeland was asked by board members to go back and get bids for the four new pick-ups that could burn either E-85 or gasoline. The cur ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Another Sylvan Park fishing pier planned

Fri, Oct 6th, 2006
Posted in Government

Steve Klotz, DNR southeastern region fisheries habitat coordinator, was present at the Lanesboro City Council meeting October 2 to discuss the plans for another fishing pier in Sylvan Park. This pier would be on the upper end of the larger pond to t ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Doherty property split

Fri, Oct 6th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met for less than ten minutes on Monday, October 2. Fifty-one acres owned by Robert and Kelly Doherty was annexed by the city of Preston at the May 15 meeting. At that time it was stated by Doherty that they wanted to build ..... 
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County signs on to Zumbro Valley project

Fri, Sep 29th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board unanimously agreed to enter into a Joint Powers Agreement with Olmsted County at the September 26 meeting. Olmsted County can then issue a tax-exempt Commercial Development Revenue Note in an amount not to exceed ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Blitz Construction wins bid

Fri, Sep 29th, 2006
Posted in Government



Blitz-a concentrated effort, an intensive campaign. Hoping the company's name, Blitz Construction, will hold true, the Rushford City Council awarded the bid for the 2006 Rushford Municipal Improvements to low bidder Blitz Construction of Ste ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Streetlights and holiday lights for Lanesboro

Fri, Sep 22nd, 2006
Posted in Government

At their regular meeting on September 18, the Lanesboro City Council decided to proceed with the installation of ten streetlights in the downtown area of Parkway Avenue. At an estimated cost of $4,400 each, the sixteen-foot poles will have a flower ..... 
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Planning Commission begins looking at campgrounds

Fri, Sep 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission listened to input from two Pilot Mound residents about campgrounds at their Thursday, September 14 meeting. The commission is in the process of re-writing the rules and regulations in the zoning ordin ..... 
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