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Chatfield council authorizes lobbyist for Potter


Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

City Clerk Joel Young detailed recent progress on the effort to revitalize Potter at the council's first meeting in the new year on January 11. He asked councilors to review two preliminary documents including an agreement for the school district to transfer title to the Chatfield Economic Development Authority (EDA). The second document would authorize the acquisition of certain property by the EDA, to approve the redevelopment plan, and to pledge support to the redevelopment project. Both documents were informational and not ready to be acted on at this point.

Acting mayor Paul Novotny says there are still lingering questions about future use of the building and property still within the building. A special joint meeting to be held January 13 for the city council, EDA and the school district is intended to help answer these questions.

Young noted the council had approved $15,000 to be used for the hiring of a lobbyist with the stipulation the school district match the figure at the council's November 23 meeting. The language the school board approved at their December 21 meeting, where they voted unanimously to pay $275,000 to the Chatfield EDA to take Potter and the abandoned school buildings off their hands, does not meet the criteria in the council's November resolution. The school district wants to remove itself from any responsibility in the future for Potter or the school buildings.

Young suggested they all share the same vision. He requested the council give the authority to use the $15,000 to retain a lobbyist. Young said the bonding bill is expected to be completed in February by the state legislature. He anticipates it would cost about $30,000 to retain a lobbyist for a full year.

Councilor Ken Jacobson said the lobbyist is needed to move forward now. The council unanimously approved the authorization of $15,000 to be used for a lobbyist.

Other Business In Brief

•A lot owned by Tony McClimon at the corner of Main Street and Spring Street has been used for several decades for an open air display. However, the property had not been used that way for more than 180 days. Therefore, a new CUP is required.

McClimon applied for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to use the property for an open air display. McClimon wants to use it to display equipment for sale, including autos, boats, and utility or garden sheds. His neighbor, Mr. Lukes, had attended a public hearing before the Planning and Zon .....
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Canton city council

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met Tuesday, January 5, 2010 with acting Mayor Cindy Shanks calling the meeting to order. Those present were: Donivee Johnson, Carl Ernst, Henry Selden, Lolly Melander and Jon Nordsving. Ross Duckett wa ..... 
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2010 Census kick-off in Rochester

Mon, Jan 11th, 2010
Posted in Government

Press Conference: 2010 Census Kick-Off

January 15, 2010

10 a.m.

Where: Government Center

151 4th Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904

What:

The 2010 Census has already brought jobs to your community, now as we k ..... 
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Annual meeting of the County Board

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

The county commissioners made their way through a long list of annual housekeeping business at their first meeting of the new year on January 5. The first business in the new year was to elect a new chairman, Duane Bakke, and a new vice chairman, Ma ..... 
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City of Rushford Village council meeting

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

The December 15, 2009, regular meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Attorney Thomas Manion and Clerk Joyce Iverson, ..... 
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Fountain wastewater plant soon to be operating

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, advised the Fountain city council at their January 7 meeting that the wastewater treatment plant is scheduled to go into operation on the following Monday and Tuesday.

A combination of adverse weather, equipm ..... 
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Preston puts teeth into sidewalk snow removal ordinance

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

After considerable discussion, the Preston City Council unanimously adopted at their January 4 meeting a fee structure to enforce the city's ordinance pertaining to snow removal on sidewalks. The city has received numerous complaints.

The cu ..... 
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Spring Valley plans for additional LGA cuts

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council had a special meeting on Wednesday night to discuss issues and what projects the city would like to deal with in 2010. City Administrator Deb Zimmer set the pace of the meeting by again cautioning the council on the im ..... 
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Rushford city administrator gets new contract

Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

In what some locals have dubbed a strange turn of events, City Administrator Windy Block's contract with the city was amended at a special meeting, Monday, December 21st. The new contract comes as a conclusion to a surprise proposal at the November ..... 
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