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County Board denies Moulton Rezoning Application


Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At their November 4 regular meeting the Fillmore County Board unanimously approved a resolution denying the rezoning request from agricultural to industrial requested by Dan Moulton of Chatfield Township. Zoning Administrator Norman Craig noted that the Planning and Zoning Committee already held a public hearing on the request at their October 16 meeting. The committee unanimously recommended that the request be denied.

Moulton lives within a half mile of the Chatfield city limits on County Road 5. He currently has a rural home based business raising chinchillas and renting semi-trailers. Craig said that the request to do light manufacturing in the recycling of wood pallets would not qualify for a rural based business because he expects to have more than one employee.

Craig insisted that the rezoning request was only for a small piece of ground including two buildings and an access driveway. Craig noted that industrial businesses including Strongwell and Tuohy Furniture and a trucking business are close by. He criticized the city of Chatfield for allowing a subdivision to be built near the industrial area. Commissioner Marc Prestby asked about the past history of the property. Craig stated that the property has been used in the past for manufacturing by Tuohy Furniture. Prestby asked if it was taxed as a commercial property at that time. Craig replied that it has always been zoned agricultural.

Commissioner Duane Bakke agreed with much of what Craig said. He called the subdivision located near the industrial area a "classical" case of poor zoning. However, Bakke cited the county ordinance and its direction for the county to cooperate with what cities want in this half mile area outside the city limits. He suggested that the county has always made zoning changes like this with the city's blessing in the past.

Bakke maintained that the idea of recycling pallets was a good idea. Moulton currently has a pallet recycling business in Rochester which employs ten people. However, the recycling business does not conform to the zoning in the area. Moulton is under a time constraint and must move the business out of Rochester by the middle of November.

At the committee public hearing, Chatfield Township represented by supervisor David Ahern supported the change in zoning. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud spoke against it at the public hearing and again at the county board meeting. He cited the lack of city support and no .....
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Entrepreneurship grant discussed

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Lanesboro City Council member Joe O'Connor spoke at the council meeting on November 3 about the TMI Group meeting he attended recently. The city received a TMI Grant for Entrepreneurship in the amount of $15,000 this spring.

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Preston Council sets Assessment Hearing for 2008

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council breezed through a light agenda at their November 3 meeting. Robert Sauer was absent. A resolution setting the assessment hearing for Thursday November 20 was approved. The hearing will be combined with the regular second mon ..... 
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Spring Valley Council discusses winter trails

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

Mostly routine business was on the agenda for the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Oct. 27, 2008. There was discussion concerning the maintenance of the trails through the city during the winter. A resident had asked if the city could remove th ..... 
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Rushford City Council discusses hardware store

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

At its meeting on October 27, the Rushford City Council wasted little time in approving all variance requests by Rushford Hardware owners Greg and Kim Norstad to pave the way for them to build their new store directly south of Rushford Foods.

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Shoreland mapping project for SE Minnesota

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Ross Hoffman, Cannon River Partnership, instructed the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners on the details of the shoreland mapping project at their October 28 meeting. His job in part is to educate elected officials and the public and t ..... 
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Capital improvement projects going smoothly

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Capital Improvement projects in Lanesboro are moving along smoothly, according to City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman. The new floors and heaters at the fire hall are completed, as well as the curb and gutter at Maple Drive and Whittier ..... 
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Preston to start flood buyout program

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council voted at their Monday, October 20 meeting, to begin the buyout of flood affected homes in South Preston along the Root River. City Administrator Joe Hoffman and councilman Robert Sauer recently ranked twelve proper ..... 
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Teske named Emergency Manager of the Year

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston - Craig Strand, Regional Program Coordinator of Minnesota Homeland Security, and Brenda Wodele, Regional Representative of Minnesota Homeland Security and Wabasha Emergency Management Director, formally presented Fillmore County Emergency Ma ..... 
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