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Graves looks for clarification of zoning laws


Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Zoning Administrator Chris Graves was trying to unmuddy the water on several points at the July 16 Planning and Zoning meeting. He asked what kind of sewer systems should be required for the Amish community? He explained according to the legislative language that guides the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), the classification of a system as an "imminent public threat" requires the inclusion of toilet waste. The jurisdiction for the enforcement for "gray water" systems falls back on the county.

Gray water systems, or those without toilet waste, can still be deemed an imminent public threat by the county. Commissioner Duane Bakke remarked that the state is going to make us enforce the law on the Amish, requiring them to put in a gray water system. Mike Frauenkron suggested they find out what the county attorney would enforce. Bakke asked if there should be an alternate standard for a gray water system. Frauenkron noted that gray water is a class 4 system and there is about one-fourth of the volume.

Gary Ruskell told Graves if it isn't enforceable not to bring it back. Bakke commented some of the Amish already have the right system, some will put it in when asked to and some will refuse.

The county's effort to bring all septic systems in the county into compliance which have been deemed imminent threats is coming along. Originally, 553 were classified as imminent public threats and about 377 of those have been brought into compliance.

Graves was also asking for clarification of other gray areas in the law. He wanted to know where to draw the line, for example, if a permit should be issued if hunters stayed in a garage with a privy for a couple of weekends per year. He was looking for guidance on campgrounds and if there is a difference when dealing with commercial or noncommercial. He asked about reclamation plans for quarries. Bakke suggested quarries need plans for runoff control.

Sawmill Conditional Use Permit

Daniel and Martha Borntreger applied for a CUP for a sawmill in Bristol Township located in the Ag District eight miles west of Harmony. Chris Graves said it was applied for after the sawmill was in operation. Borntreger explained the sawmill was there before he moved there in 2005. He said they started operating again this spring. Borntreger said work has been very slow, about a semi and one half load per week.

There were no comments from the township board. Joan East, who owns pro .....
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Spring Valley working on bike trail

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

The bike trail through Spring Valley took another step toward completion at the July 13th meeting. The Council approved the bid of Rochester Sand and Gravel to surface the bike trail from the Sewage Treatment Plant to the City Farm, a distance of 2. ..... 
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Davids and Ropes meet with Lanesboro City Council

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Senator Sharon Ropes and Representative Greg Davids spent some time in Lanesboro this week. They spoke to the public and the City Council during the joint meeting with the Public Utilities Commission on July 6.

Ropes said that she and Davids ..... 
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Preston local government aid more than anticipated

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said at the council's July 6 meeting that the reduction of funds from the state is "good news compared with what we thought it would be." This last month Governor Tim Pawlenty made known a $300 million reduction in Loc ..... 
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City of Rushford Village Council Meeting June 16, 2009.

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Pledge to Flag

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke, Howard Otis - Zoning Administrator and Judy Graham - Clerk.

Citizens Present: Beth Mitchell, At ..... 
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Fillmore County may participate in a Chemical and Mental Health Program redesign

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Social Services Administrator Thomas Boyd discussed the progress of a twelve county effort for collaboration in the southeast region at the Fillmore County board's July 7 meeting. The effort is still in its infancy and has not been approved by any o ..... 
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County continues agreement with Fillmore Family Resources

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Amy Becker, Fillmore Family Resources, Inc., explained the service their organization performs for victims of crime to the county board at their June 23 meeting. Fillmore Family Resources is a nonprofit organization that provides a needed service fo ..... 
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Rushford halts airport hangar construction

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the June 22nd meeting, the city council began by putting a temporary halt on a plan for development at the Municipal Airport. The action plan calls for the design and construction of a 6-unit T-hangar project. While the city is eligible for a sta ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council, citizens discuss Bunge's request

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Several Lanesboro residents turned out for the public hearing with questions and concerns on June 22. Andy and Eric Bunge of Bunge Construction have requested a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for property they own downtown.

The Bunges would li ..... 
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