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Preston hears complaints over parking ban


Fri, Aug 5th, 2011
Posted in Government

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Residents detailed their complaints against the 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. parking ban around the Courthouse Square at the council's August 1 meeting. The ordinance has been on the books since 1950, but had not been enforced in recent years. However, signs were put up last winter so the ordinance could be enforced. Earlier there had been complaints from business owners about snow plowing. Mayor Kurt Reicks noted the county plows all the snow to the inside of the square away from the businesses and then hauls it away.

Bill Stockton, owner of Uncommon Charm, insisted there is no governmental interest in maintaining the ban. In the spring of 2010 when the ban was discussed, he said there was no discussion as to the impact the ban would pose for residents who lived around the square. Stockton claimed, "It is discriminatory," in some ways. The ban causes a hardship for a specific group of people who have to park their cars a block or two away from their residence.

Stockton requested a meeting with impacted residents to look at other options. In the mean time he asked for an immediate cessation of the ban. Sally Gibson, Sally's Hair to Dye For, related in a letter that impacted property owners should have been notified before the signs were put up. She said the plowing didn't happen between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Gibson felt there should at least be some designated parking for residents that live around the square. Reicks made it clear there would be no cessation of the ban this night.

Melody Stockton suggested when the city is going to clean their streets in the summer they could put up no parking signs the night before. Bill Stockton said a bad ordinance is a bad ordinance, insisting there is not a valid reason to keep him from parking in front of his home.

Councilman Robert Sauer remarked that an ordinance on the books should be enforced or eliminated. Other options had been discussed, including alternating odd, even parking and a ban only during the winter months. He said, "There are very few ways to make everyone happy."

Councilwoman Kay Spangler stated she could see the inconvenience for the residents, especially in the winter, and suggested alternate odd, even parking works for other communities.

By consensus it was decided that City Administrator Joe Hoffman would meet face to face with residents to get their ideas. A survey will be sent out for those that are more comfortable .....
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Government this week

Fri, Aug 5th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, August 8, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, August 8, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, August 8, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council hears from Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Fri, Aug 5th, 2011
Posted in Government

Tim Penny, CEO/President of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on August 1, 2011. He spoke about some things the organization had done, as well as goals for the upcoming year.

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Chatfield to amend sign ordinance

Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
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The Chatfield City Council at their July 25 meeting authorized city attorney Fred Suhler to draft an amendment to the sign ordinance to allow two signs on a building. The ordinance currently allows only one sign on a building in all commercial and i ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council decertifies TIF District

Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
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The Spring Valley City Council took action on Monday night to Decertify the Tax Increment Financing District of the Downtown Hotel and sidewalk properties. The Tax Increment Financing District was created on June 26, 2000 and as of July 25, 2011 all ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
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• Monday, August 1, Lanesboro City Council, Lanesboro City Hall, 5:30 p.m.

• Monday, August 1, Preston City Council, Preston Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, August 1, Whalan City Council, Whalan City Hall, 5:00 p.m.< ..... 
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Health and Human Services changes discussed

Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
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Social Services Manager Gail Bunge and Public Health Director of Nursing Lantha Stevens discussed the Health and Human Services omnibus bill at the county board's July 26 meeting. Bunge remarked that the preliminary information shows that some progr ..... 
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Preston forms negotiating committee

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
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The Preston City Council at their July 18 meeting approved members to sit on a committee to negotiate a new city/utility contract with the Preston Public Employees Association (PPEA). City Administrator Joe ..... 
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Impacts of state shutdown discussed

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
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County Coordinator Karen Brown updated the impact of the state government shutdown at the Fillmore County Board's July 12 meeting. Many departments are having only a minimal impact due to the judgements of t ..... 
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