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Board of Adjustment upholds Zoning Administrator ruling


Fri, Apr 22nd, 2005
Posted in Features

In a 4-0 decision on Thursday, April 21, the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment upheld a ruling by Fillmore County Zoning Administrator Norm Craig that a semi-trailer storage business operated by Dan Moulton in Chatfield Township did not qualify as a Rural Home Based Business. Moulton had sought relief from Craigs ruling by appealing it to the Board of Adjustment.

Mr. Moulton, who runs a chinchilla business on his property, which is in the Ag Zone, has stockpiled 31 semi-trailers that he rents out and sells. Because Moulton lives on the property, complies with all setbacks, uses three buildings or less and employs no more than one person, he contends that he meets all the requirements set forth in the zoning ordinance to qualify as a Rural Home Based Business.

Craig ruled that the definition of a Rural Home Based Business did not include the stockpiling of semi-trailers. He went on to state that a number of neighbors have complained about the trailers.

The parking of a large number of old used semi-trailers on a parcel of land and renting them out for storage was not an activity that was intended when this provision was written, Craig wrote in his summary report to the board. Craig believes that the land should be re-zoned commercial or industrial.

In his presentation to the board, Moulton showed aerial photos from 1988 and 2003 that showed trailers on his premises before a housing development was built in 2004.

They [developers] purchased the property knowing the trailers were there, Moulton said. If it is offensive now, why wasnt it offensive when they bought the land?

Moulton cited examples where he believes precedence has already been established for businesses like his qualifying for rural home based status, including a truck repair that stockpiles equipment parts on its property.

But the Board of Adjustment didnt agree with Moultons arguments.

I think its commercial, not a rural home based business, Mike Tuohy said. A few [trailers] and a lot are very different.

Jim Keune said that the trailers are sitting there just like a building, some of which are greater than 300 square feet.

This is definitely commercial. It keeps getting bigger and bigger. Its more like a truck depot, Keune said.

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Travelogue Chile

Fri, Apr 15th, 2005
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SANTIAGO After four months of anticipation, Internet research, and planning, I finally departed the Minnesota winter for Santiago, Chile. Though my budget price flights required a lengthy and exhausting leapfrog itinerary through Central and South ..... 
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EDA Coordinator Mark Thein resigns

Fri, Apr 15th, 2005
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PRESTON Ron Zeigler, Executive Director of the Southeast Minnesota Development Corporation, addressed the county board about the resignation of Mark Thein as the Fillmore County Economic Development Authority Coordinator. The county contracts with ..... 
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New Fillmore County Courtroom dedicated

Fri, Apr 15th, 2005
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A courthouse is a symbol of justice that reflects the fundamental importance of the rule of law, Kathleen Blatz, the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, said at the dedication of the new Fillmore County District Courtroom on Friday, April ..... 
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Harmony and Preston discuss sharing sewer plant operator

Fri, Apr 15th, 2005
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HARMONY - City Administrator Jerome Illg reported to the Harmony City Council at their April 12 meeting about discussions he and Chris Johnson of Public Works have had with the Preston Utilities Commission about the possibility of sharing an operator ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Becker Subdivision a step closer to development

Fri, Apr 15th, 2005
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RUSHFORD Henry (Stumpy) Becker appeared with his engineer from Otomo Engineering before the Rushford City Council Monday, April 11, 2005 to present the preliminary plans for a subdivision to be located at the base of the bluff in Brooklyn. A varian ..... 
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Whats up with Senator Coleman?

Fri, Apr 15th, 2005
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Since the re-election of George W. Bush last November, Republican Senator Norm Coleman, a former Democrat who owes his own 2002 election, at least in some measure, to the Presidents effusive campaign support, appears to be gravitating toward the pol ..... 
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This old #%@)&! house

Fri, Apr 15th, 2005
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RUSHFORD - Sometimes, when Im working alone on my hundred-year-old house, I wish I had an extra pair of hands. As long as Im wishing, why not put the hands on telescoping titanium rods, and make the fingers strong and nimble enough to swing a 20-ou ..... 
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Spring yard and garden tips

Fri, Apr 15th, 2005
Posted in Features

Here it is mid-April already! This past weeks sunshine and rain has really brought out the green plant growth. Fillmore County, it is time to get outside.

Here are some yard and garden tips to ponder for this week.
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