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The impact of Houston County public hearings


By Justin Zmyewski

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Government

The year 2015 is the year of two historic decisions for the county board. On February 18, 2015 a public hearing was held fundamentally addressing the issue of frac sand mining in Houston County. For nearly three hours the board of commissioners heard testimony from person after person who called for a ban on frac sand mining. People from all walks of life, including a Catholic nun, voiced their opinion. When it was all said and done, over 90% of the people who spoke were in favor of a ban on frac sand mining in Houston County.

On March 3 the commissioners got their chance to vote on an ordinance that would essentially ban frac sand mining. The results of that vote are as follows:

• District #1, Commissioner Storlie - No

• District #2, Commissioner Zmyewski – Yes

• District #3, Commissioner Schuldt – No

• District #4, Commissioner Walter – No

• District #5, Commissioner Kjolme – Yes

On April 14 the county board was presented with a proposal from the county highway department. The proposal is to build a county highway maintenance facility that would cost upwards of $6 million, which I believe would make it second to the new justice center (jail) for the most expensive building ever constructed by the county. I made a motion to conduct a public hearing regarding this proposed building project. In my mind it was a motion that carried logic and merit allowing the board of commissioners to be transparent by increasing community awareness while at the same time gaining the pulse of the community for a proposal of this magnitude. A magnitude of which I am opposed.

My motion failed due to lack of a second by any one of my fellow commissioners. On April 28 I motioned yet again to hold a public hearing. That motion was seconded by Commissioner Kjome. That vote went as follows:

• District #1, Commissioner Storlie - No

• District #2, Commissioner Zmyewski - Yes

• District #3, Commissioner Schuldt - No

• District #4, Commissioner Walter - No

• District #5, Commissioner Kjome - Yes

Motion failed 3-2.

The sentiment of the other commissioners was that a public hearing for this multimillion dollar building project was not necessary and they were elected to make these decisions without representation or input from the people.

Government this week - 5.11.15

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Government

•Monday, May 11, Whalan City Council, City Hall, 5 p.m. •Monday, May 11, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. •Monday, May 11, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. •Monday, May 11, Chatfield City Council, City Hal ..... 
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Government this week - 5.4.15

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All Government

•Monday, May 4, Lanesboro City Council, City Hall, 5:30 p.m. •Monday, May 4, Preston City Council, Council Chambers, 6 p.m. •Tuesday,May 5, Fillmore County Commissioners, Courthouse, 9 a.m. •Tuesday, May 5, Houston School Board, 5:30 p.m ..... 
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Rep. Davids supports nursing home funding increase proposal

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL – Southeastern Minn. nursing homes would each receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in new revenue if a comprehensive health and human services finance proposal is signed into law. “Our nursing homes are critical to the success of ..... 
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Chatfield establishes new TIF district

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council held a joint meeting with the Chatfield EDA on April 27. Alicia Hinckly and EB Allen of H and A Real Estate want to build a “Cabin Coffee” restaurant on property at the west side of North Main St. at the Union St. inte ..... 
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Emerald ash borer moves into Fillmore County

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All Government

At the county board’s April 28 meeting, a press release from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) was discussed. The emerald ash borer was discovered on April 23 in a boulevard ash tree in Rushford. Numerous infestations have been found i ..... 
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Total estimated market value in Preston up nearly 10 percent

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Fillmore County appraiser Heidi Knepper briefed the Preston City Council at their April 20 meeting on assessed property value changes in Preston and the county. No one from the public was in attendance for the 2015 Local Board of Appeal and Equaliza ..... 
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Wykoff city clerk office security concerns

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Government

A special meeting of the Wykoff City Council was held on April 22, attended by all members (Mitch Grabau, Rocky Vreeman, Mayor Al Williams, Megan Lund, Brody Mensink, and City Clerk Cheryl Davis). The only agenda items were security of the city cle ..... 
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Rushford Village to keep at pavement management plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The city of Rushford Village has received a 2015 Recommended Pavement Management memo from Bolton & Menk Engineer Brian Malm. An effort to continue strides taken on maintenance of the city’s paved roadways has been underway for some time. In Jul ..... 
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