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Preston City Council Report: Heartland denied building permit once again


Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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On a dreary, rainy Monday evening the Preston City Council faced a busy agenda. The council members maintained a business-like attitude with strained civility. The public attending the council meeting because of the proposed Heartland plant feel strongly whether they are for or against. From where I sit, over time curiosity has grown into hardened opinions, resentment and an under current of ill will.

Robert Maust speaking for his wife Elaine and Heartland Energy and Recycling, LLC, read into the record his statement opposing any moratorium on issuing building permits. In a backhanded fashion he threatened to sue the City if a moratorium was imposed, stating that “the moratorium will probably be overturned by the courts.” Maust was not alone in his opposition to a moratorium. Daniel Christianson of F&M Community Bank also voiced his disapproval in a letter to the council. Christianson didn’t oppose changes to the ordinances, but only the possible moratorium which he believes would constitute a continuation of ‘our current cycle of bad government carrying out bad policy.’

Robert Sauer, the newly appointed council member who had suggested the moratorium, admitted that virtually all of the contractors that he had consulted felt it would be bad for building in Preston if a moratorium is allowed. The council moved on seemingly letting the idea fade away.

Maust stated that they had filed for the balance of their necessary permits for the construction of the entire Heartland facility this day. He warned the council if the Heartland plant is delayed, ‘our damages will be significant’ including ‘lost profits, lost tax benefits, additional construction costs and attorney fees.’ He asked the council to reconsider and issue the building permit.

Councilman Jerry Scheevel moved that the city administrator be directed to issue the building permit immediately. Council member Heath Mensink seconded. City administrator, Fred Nagel, read an e-mail received from Mary Tietjen, the city’s attorney for the Heartland matter. It was her attempt to clarify her statement of October 24, 2003, which read, ‘Therefore, unless the City can show that it has some basis upon which to deny a building permit or condition it upon approval of all other operational permits, it is my opinion that the City should grant the permit.”

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Heartland sues city of Preston

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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On Wednesday, two days after the Preston City Council denied a building permit to Bob and Elaine Maust, owners of Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC, to modify their warehouse located in the Preston Industrial Park, lawyers for Heartland filed a writ ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: A law lesson on “Reliance”

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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Anyone attending the November 3, 2003 Lanesboro City Council meeting got a law lesson from city attorney Tom Manion with an English lesson on the word “adjacent”, as well as a history lesson on Lanesboro city government thrown in. Hillcrest Gast Hus ..... 
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The singing of the hounds

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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I was invited to spend an evening with two coon hunters who enjoy the Lanesboro area’s woods and fields.   What began as a mutual interest years ago has grown into a seasonal ritual for two good friends enjoying the sport of ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Courthouse project ready for winter

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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“Everything is water tight,” assured David Johnson, the courthouse construction manager. “We could have a downpour now and we’re ready.” This was a timely statement as rains and threats of snow have moved into the area this past week.

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Rushford City Council Report: Rushford Council closer to resolving sewer/lift station problems

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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Monday night, October 27th, the Rushford City Council reconsidered the problem Paul and Luanne Dvorak had when the lift station malfunctioned and sent sewer water flooding their basement. At a previous meeting the council had offered to pay half of t ..... 
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Election 2003

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
Posted in Features

The following elections and school referendums will take place on Thursday, November 4:  City Elections  •Rushford: Mayor, two year term; two Council positions, four year term.  [Read the Rest]

Coleman will sponsor Rural Renaissance Act

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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On Wednesday, Senator Norm Coleman announced plans to sponsor legislation that would invest $50 billion in rural America designed to improve an aging and somewhat outdated infrastructure.

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Preston City Council: Council spells out conditions for Heartland building permit

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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The council had passed a similar measure at their regular October 20 meeting. But Tuesday’s action spelled out, in more detail, the conditions the Mausts would need to meet in order for a building permit to be issued in the future.

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