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Harmony City Council discusses Dobie Days issues


Fri, Jan 13th, 2012
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council meeting almost got out of hand on January 10 as Mayor Steve Donney had to put a stop to an argument among audience members regarding the Dobie Days celebration and the portion of 3rd Ave. SE owned by Corey Scrabeck.

The council chose not to approve the temporary liquor license and the noise ordinance variance at this time, and tabled it until next month. Council member Jim Bakken said he would like to see the committee complete the Large Assembly ordinance before that decision is made.

Donney said he had been approached by several people with concerns that there are things happening on that land that do not follow the covenants given last year. He said until these issues are addressed, he has a problem approving any licenses.

Scrabeck asked what the problems were and what he was doing wrong. Donney mentioned that the buildings on that land are not residential, and there are not supposed to be fences, loud noises, or large celebrations.

Scrabeck said his lawyer, Jed Hammel, went over the covenants with him. His argument was that since that land is not platted, those regulations do not apply to him.

City Attorney Richard Nethercut disagreed. He said a subdivision includes lots and out lots, and cannot be read to exclude any part of the subdivision.

"That's not what my lawyer told me," replied Scrabeck.

Nethercut also stated that the covenants are not something the city deals with; it is up to the property owners.

"In the past we said it was okay as long as we didn't have a lot of neighbors complaining," said Donney of Dobie Days. "Now it seems we have a lot of neighbors complaining."

Scrabeck was upset and said if he wouldn't have been at the December meeting with his lawyer, the council could have passed a resolution to take his property. He said, he felt he had to fight every time he tried to do something, and he is only trying to bring people to Harmony.

"We have bent over backwards to help you out," said council member Jim Bakken. "There are issues that come up and we have to address them."

Resident Cliff Johanneson said he would like to hear the benefits of having Dobie Days in Harmony. "Aside from the noise, there are people walking up and down the street in various stages of inebriation, throwing beer cans around. If that isn't a negative than I don't know what is. It's not just an annoyance, it's a public nuisance."

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Chatfield Mayor defines priorities

Fri, Jan 13th, 2012
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Chatfield Mayor Don Hainlen briefly commented on the past year and the year to come at the Chatfield City Council's first meeting of the new year on January 9. Councilors Josh Thompson and Ken Jacobson were absent.

Hainlen noted the city has ..... 
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Preston approves three-year contract

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Government

During the Preston City Council's January 3 meeting, the council approved a three- year contract (2012- 2014) with the Preston Public Employees Association (PPEA). Councilwoman Kay Spangler, Councilman David Collett and Public Utilities Commissioner ..... 
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Lanesboro approves contract with Tri-County Electric

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
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The Lanesboro City Council approved a 20-year contract with Tri-County Electric and Dairyland Power at their regular meeting on January 3.

Council member Joe O'Connor said the Public Utilities recommended the city go ahead with the contract ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
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• Monday, Jan. 9, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Jan. 9, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, Jan. 9, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:00 p ..... 
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City of Rushford Village Dec. 6 Minutes

Thu, Jan 5th, 2012
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The December 6, 2011, Regular Meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. with Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zon ..... 
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County 2012 levy to be less than 2011

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
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The county board approved the final 2012 budget and levy at their December 27 meeting. County Coordinator Karen Brown explained the 2012 budget figures are unchanged from the preliminary budget approved in September and the budget detailed at the De ..... 
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Government this week

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
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• Monday, Jan. 2, Lanesboro City Council, Lanesboro City Hall, 5:30 p.m.

• Monday, Jan. 2, Preston City Council, Preston Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, Jan. 2, Whalan City Council, Whalan City Hall, 5:00 p.m.

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Preston Ambulance Service EMSRB report

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
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Several members of the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB) reviewed their report before the city council at the council's December 19 meeting. The report detailed the results of the rural ambulance assessment conducted in early Novem ..... 
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