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County discusses small community septic issues


Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in All Government

At the March 8 meeting of the county board, Sheila Craig, Community Sewage Treatment Facilitator for Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative, asked for a signature on an application for Cherry Grove to be put on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Project Priority List for wastewater funding.

Her request lead to a long discussion about where the responsibility lies concerning wastewater deficiencies in a number of the county’s unincorporated communities that don’t have a wastewater treatment system. Craig maintained this is just an application for Cherry Grove to be put on the list, just a first step. It will not be known until August where the community will rank on the list. Cherry Grove is in both Forestville and York Townships.

Craig said they had not yet talked to the people of Cherry Grove, adding that the community has not yet been flagged as a public health threat. There are 24 households in Cherry Grove plus two non-residential properties.

Commissioner Harry Root said he would like to see a public meeting with the residents of Cherry Grove before signing the application to have the community included on the list. He maintained that if he was a homeowner in the community with a compliant septic system, it may rub him the wrong way if there was not an opportunity for public input.

Zoning administrator Cristal Adkins noted that some properties within the community don’t have the space to upgrade. Craig added they aren’t looking at the possibility of a large cluster system like in Greenleafton. Root noted that Cherry Grove is located in a very wet area.

Commissioner Randy Dahl asked if the county is going to take on every community within the county that doesn’t have a wastewater treatment system. He continued that he is in favor of people being in compliance, but questions whether it is the county’s job to enforce state rules in each of these communities.

Commissioner Duane Bakke explained there are nine unincorporated villages. Adkins said some of the small communities have large enough lots and are capable of complying with individual septic systems. Bakke said these small communities are not municipalities, so it will come to the county.

Root asked if home owners in Cherry Grove that don’t have large enough lots could share a septic system. Adkins replied that two or three could share when individual lots are too small. Dahl said .....
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Peterson approves change in electrical rate

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

At the Wednesday, March 9 council meeting, the City of Peterson approved new electrical utility rates, following an in-depth rate study. The study, conducted by Star Energy Services, looked to address increasing costs of utility service and situatin ..... 
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Thomas Trehus addresses Harmony City Council

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Government

The Harmony City Council met for their regular meeting on March 8 at 7 p.m. All were present except for City Administrator Jerome Illg. Thomas Trehus introduced himself to the city council during the public forum. Trehus is running for Minneso ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council approves distillery

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro City Council met for their regular meeting on March 7, at 5:30 p.m. There were 21 visitors present at the meeting. The consent agenda was approved and included the abbreviated version of the renewable energy ordinance for publis ..... 
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Kids Corner of Caledonia plans to expand to Mabel

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met for their regular meeting on March 9 at 7 p.m. One council member was absent. Mayor Jim Westby opened several bids for the building of the wastewater treatment plant shed. The council read bids which covered labor an ..... 
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Manufactured home park green belt issue continues

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the March 7 meeting of the Preston City Council, there was a lengthy, contentious discussion concerning the city’s ordinance 152.04, which was approved in 1971. Specifically, discussion centered around the definition of a “green belt” and ..... 
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Scams worry Ostrander residents

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Government

The Ostrander City Council met on March 1 for a regular meeting, which started at 5 p.m. due to the Minnesota Caucus which was set to open at 6:30 p.m. Members present were Erin Brugh, Pam Kunert, Mayor Pat Nesler, Clerk Chris Hyrkas, Heidi Jones, ..... 
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County highway projects in 2016

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in All Government

County commissioners flew through their March 1 board meeting in almost record time. Commissioner Duane Bakke was absent. County Engineer Ron Gregg had informed commissioners at the last board meeting as to the availability of a couple of lightl ..... 
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Minnesota’s budget surplus: $900 million

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL – The updated state budget numbers are in, and they remain positive according to State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston). Minnesota’s economic experts recently found that our state is projected to see a nearly $900 million surpl ..... 
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