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Preston Council approves parking variance for county


Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council approved a parking variance for Fillmore County’s courthouse addition at a special meeting of the city council on Monday, December 30.

The county, which has 49 parking spaces available in its two existing parking lots, asked the city of Preston for a variance for the entire number of spaces needed for their 21,000 square foot addition. The county’s argument was that while they are adding space to deal with courtroom security, they are not adding staff.

Preston’s Zoning Ordinance calls for one parking space for every 250 square feet of building. If the county was forced to comply with the ordinance, they would need to provide 84 new parking spaces.

An informal survey conducted by Fillmore County Court Administrator Jim Attwood showed that generally speaking, off street parking is readily available in Preston’s downtown.

Fillmore County Attorney Matt Opat told the council that the county is willing to work with the city on parking issues. Opat noted that things like signage could help improve usage of the two city owned parking lots (by the fire hall and behind the optometry clinic).

Preston City Council member Kurt Reicks, who sits on the Planning & Zoning Commission, said that parking has improved in the downtown since social services and the health department moved to the new county office building.

“The businesses I talked to were very satisfied after the move,” Reicks told the council.

Council member Mike Gartner asked the county about parking during construction.

“We will need to use one parking lot for construction staging,” Architect David Kane responded.

Kane said that one of the county’s parking lots will be lost for the estimated 20 months of phased construction that will take place.

“We will need to work with county staff on parking during this period,” Kane said, hoping to minimize the impact construction will have on downtown businesses.

Reicks told the council that the Planning & Zoning Commission recommended that the council grant the variance. The council agreed, voting unanimously for the motion.

Other business

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Visiting the Forbidden Island

Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
Posted in Features

The US government doesn’t exactly say that we can’t visit Cuba; they just make it mighty hard to get there. And if you do figure out a way to get to the island, a mere 90 miles offshore from Florida, the US prohibits you from spending money there. Sp ..... 
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County to apply for challenge grant to upgrade manure management practices

Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
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Fillmore County’s Soil & Water Conservation District Officer Lora Friest informed the County Board of the availability of a Challenge Grant at their final 2002 board meeting.

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The Commute: My friend died

Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
Posted in Features

I’d planned to write this column about New Year’s resolutions and my aversion to physical exercise, but every time I start to write it, I am thinking about Deanne, who died December 16.

At the age of two, she was diagnosed with ..... 
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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.   ..... 
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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
Posted in Features

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.

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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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