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Harmony City Council Report: Rewriting city ordinances strikes a nerve


Fri, Dec 12th, 2003
Posted in Features

The task of rewriting Harmony’s ordinances in order to bring them up to League of Minnesota Cities standards challenged city council members on Tuesday as they reviewed the first chapter of the ordinances. City Administrator Jerome Illg pointed out that current ordinances, as worded, are sorely lacking in definition and structure. “They’re simply out of date,” Illg said. A "model" of city ordinances was acquired from the league, and Paula Michels of Harmony has been doing the rewriting. She has written numerous grant applications in the past and has been a good resource noted Illg. Before starting the rewrite, Michels met with the city’s various departments to get a handle on the current ordinances and how she might combine the model with the existing ordinances. Mayor David Runkel believed members would be comparing the old ordinance wording against any changes as council members reviewed the paperwork. As it stands, each page must be reviewed, noting new wording while the city’s original ordinances are blended into the framework. Under the current process, said Runkel, it is too difficult to decipher what is original and what isn’t. In addition, the model is more stringent, with definitions and responsibilities for a city’s residents. Runkel pointed out one such section where new language states “an alley’s maintenance is up to the owner.” Changes like this are confusing and could leave some folks in a state of limbo. "This way, it looks like we’re adopting a hell of a lot of new ordinances,” fumed Mayor Runkel as he tried to get his point across to city attorney Richard Nethercut and the City Administrator. "We do need you members to read this material and ask questions,” stated Attorney Nether-cut. He and Illg stressed this several times though realized this task would be adding to the council members’ workload."I thought our intention was to use the model and add ordinances to make sure we’re up to date", added Illg. Councilmen David Kingsley and Gerald Shuck also concluded that the present changes were difficult to distinguish. Michels had underlined some of the original ordinances and italicized areas of change. The board would like to see more of this. The project will be broken down into chapters in order to make the reviewing task less daunting. Illg suggested additional meetings with only the ordinances on the agenda. The rew .....
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Area grocer gives shoppers' choice

Fri, Dec 12th, 2003
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When Spring Valley businessman Don Lanning opened his IGA grocery store on Spring Valley's north side in 1987, customers were treated to many conveniences and amenities not found in the small community. In just a few weeks, customers will be treated ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Dec 12th, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

Wayne Selmer Grant, 43, of Harmony, has been charged with child neglect endangerment, malicious punishment of a child, and domestic assault related to an incident on November 3. According to the criminal complaint ..... 
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Home for the Holidays

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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"Driving around in the city, the kids seem real upbeat. They’ve got no shoes and ragged clothes but they’re still smilin’. If they can persevere, anyone can do it."   Specialist E 4 Tim Bisek,   NaJaf ..... 
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Fabian orders city of Preston to issue building permit to Mausts

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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On Wednesday, December 3, Houston County District Court Judge James Fabian ruled that the city of Preston must issue a building permit to Robert and Elaine Maust. The Mausts are the developers proposing to build the Heartland Energy & Recycling plant ..... 
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Judge Wieners hears arguments in MPCA suit

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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ROCHESTER - Judge Joseph Wieners listened to more than two hours of arguments from attorneys on Tuesday in a suit brought against the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency by an environmental group. Orig-inally scheduled for courtroom #6, the hearing ha ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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Felony Charges

Wesley Duane Alden, 35, of Preston has been charged with two felony counts of first degree driving while impaired following his arrest on November 26 in Fountain. He is also charged with driving without a license, ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: New police officer sworn in

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
Posted in Features

At the regular meeting of the Preston City Council Monday evening, Blaise Sass was sworn in as the newest member of the Preston Police Force. Officer Sass will start on Wednesday, December 3.

Truth in Taxation

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Spotlight on Lanesboro’s Chamber of Commerce

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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“$1.5 million comes into Lanesboro each year through tourism.” This is just one of the facts Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce representatives Joan Ruen, Carla Noack, Lori Bakke, and Julie Kiehne shared with the Lanesboro City Council at their regular me ..... 
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