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Houston City Council amends city several city codes


By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston City Council held a meeting on May 12. Before the regularly scheduled meeting a public hearing was held to discuss a draft of ordinances that will amend city code in several areas. Changes were made to several ordinances including trees, fences, weeds, firearms/weapons, zoning definitions, R-1 District Lot regulations, and non-conforming use.

The draft was approved by the council; however, a few minor changes will be made before the ordinances are finalized. Chris Peterson, Houston’s city administrator, will have a Summary Publication document at next month’s city council meeting for the council’s final approval before the ordinances are published. A final version of the City Code Revisions is available at www.houston.goveoffice.com.

During
the regularly scheduled meeting, the Council approved a Conditional Use Permit to Dorothy Moldenhauer and the Cross Roads Cafe that will allow the Cafe to provide a seasonal outdoor eating area. The approval was given with the condition that the dining area will be located in a controlled area by a continuous barrier.

One topic in the evening that had a lot of discussion was the access road to the bandshell. At last month’s meeting the Lions Club presented the council with a proposal to have a road made leading to the bandshell that would enable musicians with heavy equipment to load and unload more easily. The Lions Club preference was to make a 10-foot concrete path on the East side of the bandshell; however, the council was not sure that was the best option. The council’s original preference was to make a path rather than a road thinking that a smaller path would be more aesthetically pleasing. The Lions Club did not feel that a path would be an adequate solution to the problem. Many different ideas were voiced as to what would be the best solution to the bandshell access problem, but the most popular idea was to see if the DNR would allow the road to stem off of the trail. The council and Lions Club will discuss further after talking with the DNR.

Audrey Alfson represented the Houston Community Garden in making a request to have a 40-foot irrigation well dug near the garden. The irrigation well would provide easy water access for the garden, which would be especially valuable in the hot summer months. The community garden group has already raised $2,000 of th .....
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City of Mabel continues search for ambulance crew members

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on May 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. One bid from Donald Garness was received for the lot across from the nursing home that the city is selling. The council approved a motion to accept the bid. ..... 
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Harmony appoints new council member

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

After Jim Bakken announced he would be leaving the Harmony City Council at the end of May, the search for a new council member began. Four people applied to finish the seven-month term: Clifford Johannessen, Kyle Morem, Jill Fishbaugher, and Steve Sa ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board hears update on Lanesboro Arts Campus

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro School Board met on Tuesday, May 13 for a regular monthly meeting. All members were present for the meeting along with Superintendent Jeff Boggs and Courtney Bergey from the Lanesboro Arts Center also present. Bergey addressed the s ..... 
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Harmony appoints new council member

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

After Jim Bakken announced he would be leaving the Harmony City Council at the end of May, the search for a new council member began. Four people applied to finish the seven-month term: Clifford Johannessen, Kyle Morem, Jill Fishbaugher, and Steve S ..... 
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City of Mabel continues search for ambulance crew members

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on May 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. One bid from Donald Garness was received for the lot across from the nursing home that the city is selling. The council approved a motion to accept the bid. ..... 
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Spring activities, trail sign and new AEDs discussed at Whalan’s May city council meeting

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The town of Whalan, like all the other towns and villages of the Bluff Country region, is showing signs of life and activity after a cold, challenging winter, and that was apparent in a number of items discussed last Monday evening at the May city c ..... 
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Spring Valley prepares for North Broadway downtown street project

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

A short agenda for the Spring Valley City Council on Monday night. Approval was given to the North Broadway Downtown Street Project and to advertise for bids. The engineer’s estimate on the project is $142,025.75. An alternate estimate is $191, ..... 
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Peterson talks chicken, ordinance enforcement

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

A city-wide garbage cleanup day is scheduled, but nuisance properties in Peterson may see more cleanup than they anticipated if non-compliance continues. At the May 14 meeting, the council continued discussion on zoning updates and the best route to ..... 
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