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Chatfield to allow chickens


Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council at their October 10 meeting approved the first step to create an ordinance that will allow residents to have chickens on residential properties. After a public hearing, the council voted to authorize city attorney Fred Suhler to draft the ordinance.

Brenda Johnson spoke during a public hearing in favor of the ordinance to allow chickens, saying she and her husband just wanted to have chickens, not roosters. She first went to Planning and Zoning in September, 2010, asking to be allowed to raise chickens on their property. No comments were made against the ordinance.

Kristi Clarke, Planning and Zoning, explained there were about four residents requesting the opportunity to raise chickens. She noted 41 municipalities had been contacted in southeastern Minnesota about the issue. They have not experienced many negative issues as a result of allowing chickens in a residential zone. Clarke recommended residents be required to get a permit to raise chickens so they can be made aware of the rules up front. She expects about four to six permits to be issued per year.

The Planning Commission recommended taking the next step to draft a chicken ordinance. The ordinance will allow one hen per 1,800 square feet with a maximum of six hens on properties zoned R-1. Hens must be confined in coops or runs at all times in the back yard, and must be screened from adjacent properties. The coops must be 50 feet from a residential building not located on the property.

Other Zoning Changes

•The city attorney was authorized to draft an amendment to the sign ordinance to include new language for B-3 (light commercial) properties. The rules will be the same as they currently are for B-1 properties (general commercial). The amendment was recommended by the city staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission after a public hearing on October 3. The rules are more flexible than those for residential districts. Pylons will not be allowed.

•The city attorney was directed to rewrite and simplify the code for nonconforming buildings, structures and uses. This will concern homes located in B-1 and B-2 commercial zones (currently involves 20 homes). These homes will not be rezoned to residential because of their location, but the changes would allow the home owners to expand if it will make the homes more livable and safer. P and Z held a public hearing on the issue on October 3. The updates will more closely fo .....
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County approves next step toward redesign

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

The county board approved a conditional participation in a feasibility study for the Southeast Minnesota Regional Redesign project for human services delivery at their October 11 meeting. If all 12 southeast counties agree to participate, the redesi ..... 
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Meet the Rushford candidates

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce is offering the community of Rushford an opportunity meet the Rushford City candidates and hear what they have to say on pertinent issues. The public is invited to Rushford-Peterson High School Theatre on Sunday ..... 
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Harmony discusses 2012 budget

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council discussed the preliminary budget for 2012 at their regular meeting October 11. The final budget and levy must be decided at their December meeting.

City Administrator Jerome Illg presented the council with a tax com ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

•Monday, Oct. 17, Preston City Council, Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 17, Kingsland School Board, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 17, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Computer Room, 6:30 p.m.

• Tu ..... 
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Rushford accepts levee project bid

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

"I'm happy to say, we're at a point where we can start construction," declared Art Kalmes, senior civil engineer for Barr Engineering, one of three firms assisting with the levee reconstruction and recertification.

Fourteen construction firm ..... 
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Preston agrees to revised EMSRB order

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

At the October 3 Preston City Council meeting, a negotiated Stipulation and Consent Order was agreed to as recommended by attorney Peter Regnier. Regnier was appointed by the League of Minnesota Cities to advise the city in its response to the Emerg ..... 
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Property taxes and the homestead exclusion

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

Much of the Fillmore County Board's October 4 meeting was consumed with a presentation and discussion concerning the repeal of the Market Value Credit and the initiation of the Market Value Exclusion program. The program changes were made in the 201 ..... 
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City of Rushford Village minutes

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The September 20, 2011, Regular Meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zoning ..... 
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