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Sumner Township subdivision denied variance


Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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Last Thursday evening, in a hearing room filled to capacity with over 75 citizens, the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment denied a variance to Bruce and Linda Bucknell to develop a subdivision within 600 feet of a feedlot.Chairman Gene Horseman opened the hearing to receive comments from the public on the variance request. The Fillmore County Zoning Ordinance prohibits new dwellings from being constructed within 1000 feet of a feedlot, unless the dwelling to be built is owned by the feedlot owner, or his next of kin. During his opening testimony, the developer, Mr. Bucknell, who just purchased the property last summer, spoke about a neighbor’s house that was recently built within 1,000 feet of the feedlot. That neighbor, Earl Berg, told the board that he was never informed by the zoning administrator that his home had to be 1,000 feet from the feedlot, or he would have moved it.Most of the input from the public was in opposition to the subdivision itself, although some comments focused on the need to keep new homes outside of the 1000-foot radius of the feedlot. Several farmers in the audience stated that the county’s feedlot operators were cooperating with the new feedlot compliance program and expected that all rules pertaining to feedlots would be enforced—including the setback for new homes."Many cattleman have spent thousands of dollars to get into compliance," noted Doug Ward of Newburg Township. Mr. Ward also noted that it was important for the county to enforce the ordinance to support agriculture in Fillmore County. "Each dollar spent by a farmer is turned over seven times in the county," added Mr. Ward.Matt Snyder, chairman of the Sumner Township board, noted that if the situation were reversed, if the applicant wanted to build a feedlot within 1,000 feet of a subdivision, the variance wouldn’t be given.Myron Schmidt, who lives near the proposed subdivision, predicted that a "big clash of lifestyles" would occur if the subdivision were approved. Future owners of $300,000 homes and Volvos would soon request paved roads, eventually leading to higher taxes, Mr. Schmidt predicted. According to state law, an applicant for a variance must show a hardship created by the zoning ordinance in order to receive a variance. Economics cannot be the reason for the hardship, and one cannot create their own hardship by proposing a use that is not in complianc .....
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Family’s tragedy sparks action

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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When it came time for Kingsland Elementary School to select their annual Christmas Service project, it didn’t take staff or students long to come up with a cause.

On October 24, first grade student Daphnie Crews and her brother ..... 
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Tuchek sentenced to six years in prison

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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Former Lanesboro Police Chief John Tuchek was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $800,000 in restitution to the victims of the arson fire he set in Lanesboro on April 7, 2002. Tuchek was also ordered to have no contact with hi ..... 
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Commissioner's Report: Changes in school vaccination program

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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Changes in how the state administers school vaccinations will take responsibility for the program away from Public Health, Sharon Serfling told the County Board at their Monday meeting.

Serfling, Fillmore County Public Health Di ..... 
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Lanesboro Council rescinds agreement over Church Hill alley

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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All was not silent as Bethlehem Church members joined the Lanesboro City Council at its regular bimonthly meeting Monday night, December 16, to discuss the Church Hill alley. After Mayor John Brose updated the church members on the stalemated situati ..... 
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Preston Council requires developer to comply with parking ordinance

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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The Preston City Council approved a development agreement between the city and Corson Condominium Corporation at their Monday, December 16 meeting.   Corson, who is developing 12 new apartment units at the old elementary scho ..... 
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Good news at Rushford City Council - lower taxes, new airport building

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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The Rushford City Council meeting was full of tidings of great joy Monday night, December 16. The council reviewed the proposed recommended 2003 budget of $530,480, which was $18,540 below the maximum levy originally sought. This budget would have a ..... 
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Lanesboro residents turn out for sex offender notification meeting

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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More than 50 concerned residents turned out for a Community Notification Meeting at the Lanesboro Community Center on Thursday evening to find out more information about a Level 3 Sex Offender who was released into the community. The meeting was cond ..... 
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Sumner residents discuss moratorium, proposed subdivision

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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The Sumner Township Board met Monday, December 16, to reconvene their meeting of November 25 which ended in a recess, so that the board could discuss the legal and financial implications of a possible zoning moratorium with legal council.  ..... 
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