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Wind turbine setbacks unchanged


Fri, Nov 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Planning Commission at their November 18 meeting agreed by consensus to leave the required setbacks in Section 7 of the Wind Energy Conversion Systems Ordinance unchanged. County commissioners had requested that the Planning Commission discuss setback requirements from dwellings. County Board Chairman Duane Bakke explained it had been suggested that a setback of 1,000 feet would be the same as other setbacks the county requires. The setback requirement for wind turbines from dwellings is 750 feet.

Zoning Administrator Chris Graves noted, that since the last time the setbacks were discussed, there was an effort to find a home owner close to a wind turbine that would allow county officials to come into their home to experience flicker and noise from the systems. However, he was unsuccessful in doing that. Graves said he hasn't heard any complaints about the setback distance from residents near projects that have been approved.

Planning Commissioner Gary Ruskell said he didn't think going from 750 feet to 1,000 feet would make much of a difference with flicker.

Michael Weed, who has not been able to erect a small wind turbine because he couldn't meet the 750 foot setback requirement, argued, "You don't need a setback for a small turbine." He insisted there is a large distinction between commercial and residential systems. Weed said that Minnesota's model ordinance written in 2005 doesn't have the 750 foot setback for small systems.

Graves questioned whether there should be a different setback for commercial and smaller private systems. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud commented that the county's zoning ordinances apply to those small communities which do not have their own zoning ordinances.

Bakke asked aren't they (wind turbines) only allowed in the Ag District. Graves said wind turbines are allowed where it is zoned Industrial, Business, or Residential Ag. They are only prohibited in districts zoned R-1.

Planning Commissioner Jim Keune stated he thought we should leave it right where it is at. No vote was taken, just a consensus to leave the ordinance unchanged.

Sand Pit Expansion

John and Sandra Rein, Section 35 of Holt Township, applied for a Conditional Use Permit to expand their sand pit. The sand pit is located about 5 miles southeast of Lanesboro or west of Highland off county road 10. There was no comment from the township board.

Mary Doran, also in Section 35, was .....
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Ostrander addresses issues with fights and chickens

Fri, Nov 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn; all council members were present.

Motion was made by Thompson and seconded by Christenson and unanimously carried to accept the consen ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses police budget

Fri, Nov 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting to discuss the sale of the general obligation bonds for the Community Center and lighting projects.

Bubany had the results of the sale. Bids were taken earlier ..... 
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Chatfield adopts no-fault sewer back-up policy

Fri, Nov 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council approved a sewer back-up policy at their November 8 meeting. After several weeks of discussion in the Public Works Committee, a draft of the policy was presented at the last meeting in October. At that time it was decided ..... 
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Fillmore County voter turnout continues decline

Mon, Nov 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

With the November 2nd election day now nearly a week behind us, signified by the end of mudslinging political ads that seemed to hijack the media in the weeks and days before the election, the public can begin to absorb the decisions made by voters. ..... 
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Preston EDA, pursuing growth opportunities

Fri, Nov 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

Cathy Enerson, Economic Development Authority (EDA), addressed the Preston City Council on November 3 to add work hours and to discuss potential development opportunities. During these times of limited budgets, the EDA made requests and presented op ..... 
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Immediate bridge closures in Fillmore County

Fri, Nov 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

Highway Engineer John Grindeland explained the sudden closure of six or seven bridges by the state to the county board at their November 2 meeting. He said State Aid with a special contract hired about five consultants to look at County State Aid Hi ..... 
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Chatfield prepares to restructure Waste Water Treatment Plant Bond

Tue, Nov 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government



In an effort to bring sewer rates under control the Chatfield City Council started the process to refinance the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) bonds at their October 25 meeting.

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, explained ..... 
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Spring Valley commemorates progress of industrial park

Fri, Oct 29th, 2010
Posted in Government



A regular Spring Valley City Council meeting took place on Monday, October 25th, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. at the City Hall. All city council members were present along with Dianne Swenson-Sikkink, Chad Hindt, John Fenske, Troy Lange, and Jim Cooper ..... 
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