Studio A Photography
 
Letterwerks Sign City
 
"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | > | >>

Ostrander sets meeting on granny pods


Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Government

Laurie Balata informs council of funding option for infrastructure project. Photo by Rich Wicks

The Ostrander City Council met on August 2 for a regular meeting. All members were present (Erin Brugh, Pam Kunert, Mayor Pat Nesler, Clerk Chris Hyrkas, Heidi Jones and DJ Start). The council unanimously approved the consent agenda items.

The council heard from Jennifer Gumble, representing the legal firm Springer & Gumble. She explained that their firm closed at the end of July, with Scott Springer becoming Lead Criminal Attorney in Mower County, and Gumble joining the firm of Hoversten, Johnson, Bechmann & Hovey in Austin. Springer and Gumble had met with Police Chief Tom Mosher, and all three recommend that Ostrander retain Lee Novotny as city prosecutor. They also suggested “for civil municipal matters, we are recommending that you keep everything with Jennifer at Hoversten’s office.” She explained that all rates and services would remain as they had been with Spring & Gumble. Marty from Hoversten’s office also addressed the council, saying they would very much welcome the business and will strive to provide excellent service for the city. After brief discussion, the council voted unanimously to make the changes as suggested.

Gumble also informed the council that a recent Minnesota law allows residents to put up or bring in temporary housing on their lots for a relative suffering from a medical condition. She explained these temporary housing units (which could include RV’s and campers, or actual structures) would be approved for six months at a time, and could be renewed. She also stated that cities have the right to “opt out” of this for now, if the city’s decision is reached before the end of August. Some council members said this temporary housing is sometimes referred to as “granny pods.” They voiced concerns about how the city would determine if the person living in the “granny pod” was actually a relative or was actually suffering from a medical condition. There was also discussion about if a “granny pod” had water and sewer hookups but then later was removed, the hookups would be “just sticking up” in the yard. The council chose to schedule a special meeting for August 16 at 6 p.m. to discuss and decide what to do on this issue.

Laurie Balata from the USDA (Rural Development) and Nancy Thorkelson (Funding Specialist from Bolton & Menk Engineering) then addressed the council about the proposed funding plan for Phase One of the city’s planned street and infrastructur .....
[Read the Rest]

Preston Fire Relief Association retirement increase

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Fire Chief Dave Keene and treasurer Dustin Arndt made the case for a $100 per year increase in Fire Relief Association retirement at the council’s August 1 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilman David Harrison were absent. The mayor and city ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Fillmore Central accepts generous donation from Norby Tree Service

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in Harmony Government

In preparation for the new parking lot at the high school, Norby Tree Service removed six trees and ground up one stump from that location. Fillmore Central was originally quoted $3,500 by Norby’s for the work, but that cost was brought down to $ ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Chatfield prepares for Western Days

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

Brian Burkholder, Public Works, at the July 25 meeting of the city council asked for additional summer help during their annual celebration, Western Days. He said he had intended to ask for three temporary workers, but asked for four because one of ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Lanesboro Daycare makes plans to expand SAC and daycare program

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Daycare Director Heidi Brown asked the Lanesboro School Board to approve her proposal to expand the school age care or SAC and daycare programs at the board meeting on July 21. Currently, the program is licensed for a total of 35 preK and school ag ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Rushford approves development plan proposal

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

In a quick regular meeting, Monday, July 25, the Rushford council approved a proposal that will provide basic infrastructure information for tentative planning in the areas north of Grimsrud Way and east of Himlie Drive. Put forth by an Economic Dev ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Ag District variance approved

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in All Government

At the July 14 meeting of the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment, a request for a variance to build a home closer to a neighboring feedlot than the ordinance allows was approved with a 4 to 1 vote. Several people were in attendance. During the pu ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Rushford-Peterson goes in different direction

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The R-P School Board approved a proposal from Bernard Bus Company, of Chatfield, for a new two-year contract, beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. The Transportation Committee recently sought Requests for Proposal and received two transportatio ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Mobile home park greenbelt issue continues

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the July 19 meeting of the Preston City Council, this issue was again raised by Scott Springer, attorney for Kerry Soiney. The complaint has been made to the city council several times over the last couple of years. Mobile home park owner Tim Joh ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | > | >>