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Commissioners’ Report: Board continues discussion on additional Zoning staff


Fri, May 7th, 2004
Posted in Features

As the demand for zoning permits continues to increase in the county, and the need for visiting each site to determine that county requirements are being met, has forced the county board to review options that would provide additional zoning office help.

Increasing problems with permit applications and the sometimes surprising end result after construction is completed have spurred the demand for more help. Judge Robert Benson’s recent decision in favor of an Amish home which the county viewed as being in violation of zoning ordinances has also created a sore spot.

Zoning Officer Norm Craig, Policy Coordinator Karen Brown, and county commissioners scrutinized an Assistant Feedlot Officer/Assistant Zoning Officer job description that was developed in 1999 at their Tuesday meeting.

The original percentage of work noted for assisting in conducting on-site visits was set at 5%. This was changed to 50%. Other duties will include (but not limited to) such things as receiving applications and collecting fees and reviewing plans submitted to ensure compliance with codes and regulations.

The ability to obtain a certificate (within one year) for inspecting sewer systems will also be required. The job description will be sent to Bjorklund Compensation Consulting for review before the position is formally advertised.

The position will start off as a .5 full time equivalent position with prorated benefits. As the position progresses, it will be determined if this is a sufficient time allotment for the work to be completed.

Commissioner Chuck Amun-rud inquired as to available office space in the office plans now under construction. Craig felt they would be able to make it work with cubical arrangements. Both Craig and commissioners agreed that the Zoning Officer would require space for privacy with one-on-one discussions if the need should arise. The SCORE position has also been housed in the Zoning Office. With a 10-hour/ week schedule, that arrangement may also be shuffled to accommodate more office space.

Auditor/Treasurer

Philip Burkholder, Auditor/Treasurer requested approval to lease a digital system including a copier, fax, scanner, and printer) with IKON Office Solutions at $190/month for 60 months, and a $90/month maintenance contract. To purchase a unit outright and trading in the o .....
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Preston comes together to assist at accident

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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Today (Thursday, May 6) I had the unfortunate experience of being one of the first on the scene of a horrible accident on Hwy 52 by Citgo in Preston. After doing what little I could to help, I stood nearby praying Godspeed for the individuals involve ..... 
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Behind the scenes at the Minnesota Book Awards

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

ST. PAUL - Minnesota has a rich literary heritage. We have our share of big names, like F.Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Robert Bly, and Tim O’Brien. But the big names only represent the surface of all the books written, and being written, in Minn ..... 
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County asks judge for reconsideration in zoning case

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

PRESTON - Fillmore County Attorney Brett Corson has written a letter to Judge Robert Benson asking the court to allow the county to file a motion to reconsider the judge’s decision in the Slabaugh case.

Motions to reconsider ar ..... 
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Zumbro Valley Medical Society calls for EIS on Heartland

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
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ROCHESTER - The Zumbro Valley Medical Society, which represents the counties of Fillmore, Olmsted, Dodge and Houston, is the latest organization to call on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to conduct an environmental impact statement (EI ..... 
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Commentary

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

I finally sorted one of my many junk drawers out last month. Some of what was in the drawer – old markers, a few pens that didn’t work, and a huge eraser I’ll never use – was just that: junk. Atop the pile, though, lay wads of paper and plastic label ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Phase II construction underway

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
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“Every change order is important. We’re looking out for your interests, looking to ward off future problems,” defended Dean Sand, Construction Analysis Management, Inc. (CAM) as additional change orders were presented at Tuesday’s county board meetin ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Flows – cash and water – top council concerns

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
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Tom Wente of Smith, Schaffer and Associates appeared before the Rushford City Council Monday night, April 26 to present the city’s financial statement and summary and discuss the city’s cash flow.

Wente pointed out that propert ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: Olstad named new high school principal

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
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Fillmore Central High School received 32 applicants for the principal position, left vacant with the retirement of Dr. Gary Olson. The district also recently lost their part-time high school counselor, Steve Zmyewski, to an opportunity elsewhere. The ..... 
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