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Preston City Council adopts interim ordinance


Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

At a special meeting of the city council Tuesday evening, November 18, an ordinance mandating a temporary moratorium on industrial use or building permit applications was adopted.

Kevin Ostern, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, supported looking at a comprehensive plan for Preston but was not in favor of implementing an interim ordinance. Ostern said that the ordinance would not be in the best interest of the city and that it was discriminatory of Heartland.

Thomas Manion, an attorney from Lanesboro, was asked by the city of Preston to prepare a legal opinion as to the validity and legality of an interim zoning ordinance with a moratorium. In his opinion if the ordinance were properly drafted, it could ‘withstand legal scrutiny.’ He also noted that there would be grounds for legal challenge, ‘particularly on the ground that the interim ordinance is discriminatory as “singling out” a particular entity.’ He recommended the ordinance use general language, ‘industrial uses’, and ‘call for work on modernizing your comprehensive plan.’

Essentially, the moratorium would not effect any development except industrial. The ordinance states that the ‘City will not issue any building permits for industrial uses, activities, or buildings.’ Also, the moratorium ‘shall apply to applications currently pending before the City.’ The ordinance states that the effective date is the day of passage, November 18, 2003, ‘and to the extent required, after publication as may be required by law.’

A court hearing over the denial of building permits to Heartland Energy and Recycling will be was held the week of November 24 in Houston to decide if the City of Preston must issue the building permits to Heartland.

If Heartland prevails, it is likely that the city would have to issue the permit or face contempt of court charges,despite the moratorium.

The ordinance requires Planning and Zoning to submit to the city council a report containing its recommendations by May 3, 2004. The ordinance and moratorium has a sunset provision of twelve months, although the council may extend it another 18 months.

The council is in general agreement on the approval of a study with the aid of a professional consultant and the cooperation of Planning and Zoning, the city council, EDA, citizens, and other boards to make a comprehensive pla .....
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County Board revisits 2004 budget

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

As the Truth and Taxation date moves closer, the Fillmore County Commissioners once again reviewed the county’s 2004 budget that currently stands at $6,054,716. This puts the levy increase at 8.34%. That’s 2% under the allowed levy limits according t ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Lanesboro Council Signs Police Contract with Preston

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
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The Lanesboro City Council unanimously accepted the contract with Preston for police protection at their November 17th meeting. After clarifying some minor details, Mayor Steve Rahn and City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson signed the contract on behal ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Gregory David Phillips, 18, Kalyn Louis Koster, 18, and Adam Douglas Greene, 19, all of Spring Valley, were charged on Monday with two felony counts of theft and criminal damage to property related to an incident ..... 
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Ghost towns of Fillmore County

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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Forestville, Tawney, Clear Grit, Isinours, Carimona. A large majority of Fillmore County citizens recognize the names of these areas and know that they were once towns, post offices or railroad junctions. Though some of these areas are still inhabite ..... 
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Quiz Bowl takes more than horse sense

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

When talking to four Fillmore County 4-Hers, you’re not quite sure if it’s their passion for horses, their superb equestrian knowledge or the fact that they just love being around each other that helped the team achieve top honors in the National Qui ..... 
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The phone call no one ever wants to get

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Up until the time of my daughter’s accident my opinion of large companies was that they were uncaring and cold. That attitude changed when my daughter was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident.

Around nine p.m. on July 7th I a ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Who will pay the bill for the Rushford substation transformer?

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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Anyone who was living in Rushford last summer knows the substation transformer had to be removed, repaired and replaced, causing early morning power outages twice as the work was completed. What no one knows is who was responsible for water getting i ..... 
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Harmony City Council: Delinquent receivables challenge Harmony Council

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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"I think the city should pursue these people" stated Henry Becker, Harmony, an upset landlord who has gotten caught up in the middle of a legal dispute concerning services provided to a past tenant that haven’t been paid for. Becker spoke before the ..... 
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