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Hearing set for Lutes-Scrabeck project


Fri, Feb 11th, 2005
Posted in Features

On Tuesday night, February 8, the Harmony City Council authorized their city attorney to begin drafting the development agreement for the Lutes-Scrabeck First Addition project. They also set a public hearing for March 8 on the matter.

The developers are proposing to build a single family residential subdivision in the southwest part of town consisting of 14 lots. The estimated cost of public improvements is $300,000.

In the past, the city of Harmony would pay up to 50 percent of those infrastructural improvements. However, the city has found that providing assistance in this manner up front places an undo burden on existing tax payers.

Consequently, a pay as you go tax abatement plan has been put forward to help with the Lutes-Scrabeck addition. As the developer proceeds, and new taxes are generated with the selling of lots and building of houses, they are reimbursed by the city for their 50%. This reduces the risk to the city and guarantees that the tax abatement takes place after the housing is built.Each of the 14 lots will be sold for $21,000 and the homes that will be built are expected to have a taxable market value of $140,000 each.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Fillmore County Board held a public hearing on the tax abatement project and gave the city of Harmony the go ahead.

The tax abatement agreement between the city and the county restricts the citys use of tax increment financing to develop future housing without the countys permission.

In a related matter, Council member Gerald Shuck mentioned speaking with Dwight Scrabek, developer of the addition, regarding the citys policy of bringing electricity to the property. Shuck estimated it would cost $35,000 for the Lutes-Scrabeck project, and could be done incrementally. The council agreed.

Other Business

The EDA recently met with representatives from Semcac to discuss affordable housing development at the mobile home park site.

The council changed one item in the parking regulations related to plowing after a snowfall. After a 2 inch snowfall, all motor vehicles shall be moved from the streets within 24 hours for snow removal. The previous regulation had no reference to amount of snowfall.

The council held a preliminary discussion about upgrading windows in the community cen .....
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Fillmore County District Court: Wykoff woman charged with manufacture of methamphetamine

Fri, Feb 11th, 2005
Posted in Features

Pamela Sue Burns, 55, of Wykoff, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, February 7, with six felony counts related to the manufacture of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process.

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Preston City Council Report: Police office expansion

Fri, Feb 11th, 2005
Posted in Features

A proposal for an expansion of the police office at city hall was approved at the Monday, February 7, council meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman described the size limitations of the city police office that only has space enough for one desk. Pr ..... 
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Commonweals The Wild Duck explores the nature of truth

Fri, Feb 11th, 2005
Posted in Features

Know a dirty little secret about someone that youre just dying to tell?

Are you sometimes tempted to blab things because, you tell yourself, the truth should be known, regardless?

Before you tell your next ..... 
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R-P School Board discusses facilities at special meeting

Fri, Feb 4th, 2005
Posted in Features

The R-P school board met Monday, January 31, in a working session theyd set up to discuss the issue of facilities.

Board chair Jim Kitchens expressed his hope that the group could come to consensus and offer some direction to S ..... 
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The search for perfect snow

Fri, Feb 4th, 2005
Posted in Features

Judging by the meltdown from white to grizzle, this will be another imperfect winter. Warm temperatures, unseasonable rain, snowmobiles, 4-wheelers and skiers gobble up cross-country tracks. Ski enthusiasts are reminded that the search for perfect sn ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Escapee returns to Fillmore County to face 1999 charges

Fri, Feb 4th, 2005
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Ronnie LeRoy Snyder, 38, Calmar, Iowa, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, January 31, 2005, with several felony charges dating back to 1999. Snyder, who was recently serving time in other states, was released to Fillmore County ..... 
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Commissioners endorse AMC transportation plan

Fri, Feb 4th, 2005
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The Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) has instituted a set of funding proposals for investment in rural and urban highways within the state. The county board passed a resolution in support of these proposals including a gas tax increase of five ..... 
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Bowling still strikes it big

Fri, Feb 4th, 2005
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Mention anything about bowling, and people will usually smile. Something about it is funny. Maybe its the simple action of a heavy ball rolling down a slick lane and crashing noisily into the white pins. Its the stuff a good old Tom & Jerry or Road ..... 
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