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Fillmore County P&Z: Yet another subdivision draws fire


Fri, Jun 18th, 2004
Posted in Features

A proposed six-lot subdivision in the SW1/4 of the NW1/4 of Section 32 in Preble Township wasnt warmly received as numerous residents of the community spoke up during the public hearing at the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning meeting on Thursday night.

Paul, Janice, and John Spande of Route 1, Mabel have petitioned for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to create a six-lot subdivision whose acreages ranged from 2.55 to 3.97 acres each. The proposed location is just north of Newburg off Co. Rd. 18.

David Williams, a supervisor of Preble Township took the lead as the hearing opened. With a copy of the countys comprehensive land use plan in hand, Williams read off some of the criteria to support a subdivision. One glaring spec includes creating subdivisions near an urban area, of which the supervisor stated isnt met with the proposed site, whose location is in the middle of no where. The location is actually close to the vicinity of what long-standing residents know as Chicken Town.

Speaking for himself, not as a representative from the township, Williams went on to state that many people object to the increased density and potential road problems that will surely follow the subdivision. (Surveys had been taken.) He further indicated that perhaps the township would have to come up with stricter regulations on their own to protect the rural flavor of the area in question. Numerous townships have already done so.

Commissioner Duane Bakke agreed that townships have this right, but that the county wants to work with townships. Bakke took exception to Williams last statement as threatening the county and would not be ruffled by it. Williams intention, he later explained, was not to be perceived as a negative tool, but rather an option the township has the right to exercise.

Marlys Van de Mark, another area resident, pointed out that there are already 20 new homesites in place within a 1-1/2 mile area. Why add six more homes? she questioned.

Dawn and Brian Schomisch, who also live near the proposed site, were very concerned over the increased traffic and the fact that the site would tie into the Valley Road, a narrow township road. Mr. Schomisch foresees new houses wanting new, or at least better roads. Whos to pay for that? This small road runs into Newburg Township and their wallet isnt laden with money either. And w .....
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Gentlemen, start your engines!

Fri, Jun 11th, 2004
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LANESBORO - Finding Andy Kelly on a typical Friday night might be more difficult than you would expect. He is not likely to be out partying or driving to Rochester to see a movie. He is probably not even cruising around the streets with his friends. ..... 
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JOBZ could save Heartland millions

Fri, Jun 11th, 2004
Posted in Features

PRESTON - According to the terms of the settlement reached between the city of Preston and Bob and Elaine Maust, the city will pay the Mausts $325,000 to drop all litigation against the city. If the city is able to enroll Heartland in the state JOBZ ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Detachment petition presented to council

Fri, Jun 11th, 2004
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Jim Wagner petitioned the Lanesboro City Council at their June 7 meeting for detachment of property belonging to him and his son Rob Wagner from the city of Lanesboro. Wagner currently has city water to his property; he and his neighbors paid the ent ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Council approves easement for Midwest Wireless tower

Fri, Jun 11th, 2004
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The Preston City Council made short shrift of business at their regular meeting on Monday, June 7, completing their affairs in a mere 35 minutes.

The big item of the meeting was a decision by the council to enter into an agreeme ..... 
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Need to de-clutter? Its time for a garage sale!

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD - The weather this past month hasnt cooperated much in its usual role as harbinger of spring. But its a sure sign that summer and warmer days are on the way when garage sale signs start popping up around town every weekend.

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City of Preston and Mausts reach out-of-court settlement

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
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ROCHESTER - The city of Preston and Bob and Elaine Maust of Heartland Energy & Recycling have reached a settlement that would dismiss any litigation pending against the city. In return, the city agrees to assist Heartland enroll in the state JOBZ pro ..... 
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City of Lanesboro named in arson-related suits

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
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Former Chief of Police John Tuchek and the city of Lanesboro have been named in four suits filed in Fillmore County District Court that are related to the April 2002 arson fire in downtown Lanesboro.

Tuchek was found guilty of s ..... 
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County Board sets public hearing for proposed Tax Abatement policy

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
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Mark Thein, who jointly serves as Fillmore County and Harmony Economic Develop-ment Authority (EDA) coordinator, Mike Bubany, of David Drown & Associates, and Jerome Illg, Harmony City Administrator, readdressed a proposed county tax abatement policy ..... 
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