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Mabel City Council discusses mandatory house numbers


Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert

Several members of the community were present at the Mabel City Council’s public hearing to discuss the proposed house numbers. Others weren’t able to make it that evening, but spoke with City Administrator Karen Larson prior to the meeting. The opinions were predominantly positive, and people were supportive of making clearly posted house numbers mandatory. However, not everyone was in favor of being required to put up a city purchased and provided plaque. One resident asked that homeowners who already have a house number posted appropriately be grandfathered in so they won’t have to replace them or add another plaque. Several sample plaques were displayed at the meeting, with differing opinions on the favorites. Council member Laura St. Mary said that while she liked the idea of the plaques being available to the public, she didn’t feel that the city needed to buy one for every home, when many already have house numbers. The public hearing was closed after all the opinions were heard. Larson will continue to work on getting actual cost numbers for the plaques before the council decides anything.

Neil Schraeder and Amanda Webb from Hacker, Nelson & Co., P.C. reviewed the 2015 audit with the council so any questions they had could be answered. It was noted that the City of Mabel is ahead of the curve with water and sewer projects as they just finished theirs. Many cities in Minnesota will need to do repairs soon as well due to the age of the cities so it’s possible that the demand for contractors will increase. As Mabel has already completed their project, they will not have to compete.

Mabel resident Eugene Thomas presented the council with a letter he had written to them regarding the ordinance enforcement failures he and his wife have observed in Mabel over the last 10 years. He included pictures of a property with its yard in disarray that his home overlooks. “I’m not here to create an adversarial conversation,” he clarified. At some point down the road, he knows that he’ll sell his home, and he would like to be able to present Mabel in a positive light to potential buyers. “This has been going on for 10 years now,” Thomas said, adding that he has spoken to the city about this numerous times. The council members will take the next month to review his letter and suggestions before the August council meeting, at which time it will be discussed. Following the August meeting .....
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Clean up in Canton

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese The Canton City Council addressed concerns about junk in the yards of multiple residences at their regular meeting on July 13. Mayor Donivee Johnson advised the council that a second notice was sent by the city attorney to Crystal Sc ..... 
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Harmony still waiting on new grit pump

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Government

By Hannah Wingert After having issues with their grit pump for over a year and trying to fix it several times, the City of Harmony was able to purchase a new one. It was shipped from the supplier and was supposed to arrive July 11, but never showe ..... 
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Chatfield city attorney weighs in on proposed agreement for CCA

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner At the July 11 meeting of the city council, the proposed agreement concerning the future management of the Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA) was debated. At a July 7 special meeting of the city council, EDA, and the non-profit ..... 
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EDA approves Chatfield Center for the Arts lease agreement

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner At a July 7 combined meeting of the Chatfield City Council, the Economic Development Authority (EDA), and the CCA, Inc., the future management of the Chatfield Center for the Arts was discussed. The EDA owns the facility. In 2011 ..... 
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Peterson council discusses events vending policy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

By Kirsten Zoellner A quick July 13 Peterson council meeting hit at several items of old or continuing business, but two items brought forth by Councilor Dave Colbenson garnered the majority of discussion. The first was a concern over City of Pet ..... 
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Whalan City Council meets during heat wave

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Government

By Barb Jeffers With temperatures near 90º and high humidity, the Whalan City Council met on July 11, 2016. All council members were present. Minutes Minutes from the June 2016 meeting were read. Motion by Chiglo, second by Halvorson, to ap ..... 
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Fountain City Council addresses property line

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

By Barb Jeffers The Fountain City Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Council members present included Chad Wangen, Jim Schott, Bryan Ostby and Mayor Richard Kujath. Council member Dave Gudmundson was absent. P ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in All Government

• Monday, July 18, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Biology Room, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, July 18, Kingsland School Board, District Conference Room, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, July 18, Chatfield School Board, High School Media Center, 7 p.m. ..... 
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