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Harmony City Council Report: Council reviews ordinances


Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Paula Michels, of Harmony, joined council members at the table at their Tuesday, January 13 meeting, as the group began to review sections of the ordinances. Michels has been incorporating the city’s ordinances with a League of Minnesota Cities model. The intent is to cleanup language that may otherwise leave the city open to problems in the future, legally or otherwise. Each month the council will review a chapter and when all have been reviewed, the entire project will be approved.

Michels presented one chapter last month for the council to look over. Notations of changes were indicated on the copies signaling a deviation from the city’s original ordinance. Council members had their questions ready as discussion opened up. Several topics were covered including abandoned vehicles policies; property owners removing snow and ice within 24 hours; the replacement of sidewalks and the city’s contributing share; removal of dead trees; weed control, no burning within city limits; and animals housed within city limits. The latter issue created much discussion.

Animals

There are two classifications of animals: domestic and non-domestic. (For those of you who have ferrets as pets, they’re considered non-domestic.) Dogs, cats, and birds are the most prevalent animals within the city. Dogs and cats are required to be licensed by the city with proof of rabies vaccination provided by the veterinarian. The license is $6, with a $2 late charge after May 1st. Councilman Gerald Shuck, a veterinarian, raised the question of what should happen to a dog that attacks an individual and hasn’t been vaccinated.

It was his opinion that the animal should be destroyed immediately and its brain sent into the lab for rabies testing. Some recommendations say that the victim should start rabies vaccinations immediately, a very painful series. Several cities require that an animal be impounded for 10 days to see if signs of rabies present itself. Shuck believed this was too long to wait. The council agreed with Shuck. This will be written into policy. The city’s Animal Control Officer also has the right to make the “call” and destroy a dangerous animal.

Other stray animals brought in by the city will be kept impounded for up to seven working days and then will be destroyed if not reclaimed. At least one owner of the animal will be notified of the confinement. The first time the .....
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Rushford City Council Report: Substation transformer bill still in question

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Who put the water in the city’s substation transformer? Who should be responsible for the subsequent bills to repair said transformer? These questions still plagued the Rushford City Council January 12th at their first meeting of 2004. While the coun ..... 
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Legislators meet with county officials

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Senator Robert Kierlin and Representative Greg Davids met with Fillmore County officials on Tuesday, January 13, to discuss the upcoming legislative session which begins in February.  Various department heads spoke to the two ..... 
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Meth, ice, crank, speed – it’s all the same poison

Fri, Jan 9th, 2004
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Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles dealing with the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine and the impact meth is having on the lives of people in Fillmore County. Part two of this series will appear in our January 19 issue of the Journ ..... 
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County Commissioners: Zoning works toward more septic system inspections

Fri, Jan 9th, 2004
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Fillmore County Coordinator Karen Brown started off the board’s annual meeting by entertaining motions for the 2004 Chairman. Commissioner Randy Dahl, Second District was elected, with Commissioner Chuck Amunrud, Third District voted in as Vice Chair ..... 
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Candidates for Preston City Council speak out

Fri, Jan 9th, 2004
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On Thursday, January 15, Preston voters will go to the polls to fill the vacanct city council position created by the death of Mike Gartner. Three candidates, Steve Knoepke, Robert Sauer, and Mike Sveen, are officially running for this seat, which ha ..... 
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Preston City Council: McGarvey’s seat remains open; Steve Corson hired as City Attorney

Fri, Jan 9th, 2004
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Preston's City Council met Monday evening with four members at the table. Mike McGarvey’s seat was empty. Mr. McGarvey had written a letter to the council attempting to postpone his resignation from the council until January 6, 2004, so that he could ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council organizes for the new year

Fri, Jan 9th, 2004
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Needed—a few good people willing to serve their community. The city council of Lanesboro at their first meeting of 2004 found the city needs two more members for the EDA (Economic Development Authority) and a volunteer to read a local National Weathe ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Jan 9th, 2004
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Felony Charges  Bench warrants were issued by Judge Robert Benson on Monday for two people who failed to appear in Fillmore County District Court for a Rule 5 hearing.   Warrants were issued for Amber ..... 
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