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Bunge zoning and variance requests approved


Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Planning and Zoning Committee held a public hearing on the Andy and Eric Bunge's request for zoning changes and variances just prior to the Preston City Council meeting on September 24. Councilman Robert Sauer was absent from the council meeting.

The Planning and Zoning Committee, after the public hearing, recommended that the requests be approved. The zoning changes from R-2 (one and two family residential) to R-3 (multiple family residential) on the former Kaase property on the 400 block of Fillmore Street West and on the former Strahl property on the 400 block North Street West were requested to allow for construction of single story triplexes. Multiple variances on both properties were requested on setbacks and lot-line widths.

Councilman Jon Haugan asked about the public hearing and if people were for or against the plan. Andy Bunge said that there was some argument against, but many were for the planned construction.

Cara Ristau expressed her misgivings for the property on Fillmore Street. She would live across the street from the development and wanted the property to remain a single family home. She was also concerned about parking, snow removal, and the future value of her home if surrounded by "apartment living."

Andy Bunge said that the garages would be on the north side, there would be some parking on the pad, and that the development would make a significant increase in the city's tax base. He disagreed with the term "apartment living" being applied to the single level triplexes with some common walls. Bunge added that he was interested in working with lots in town that need to be recycled.

Bunge said that building the triplexes is responding to the market place, meaning people are not now looking for single family homes, but energy efficient, affordable residences within walking distance of down town. He admitted that not all of the triplexes may be sold, as some will possibly be rented. He noted that since word of the plans for the triplexes has circulated around town, six people have expressed interest.

Mayor Kurt Reicks stated that he has historically supported efforts to increase the city's tax base. He suggested to Ristau that the new construction across the street could actually increase her property value. Councilman Heath Mensink added that there is no cost to the city in this plan to recycle deteriorated property.

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Plans for Rushford motel placed on hold

Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

Plans for a motel in Rushford have been placed on hold, and within the city government there appears to be all the makings of a showdown between the EDA and the Planning Commission.

At issue is the future of the Himlie Business Park north of ..... 
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Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

In an abbreviated meeting that lasted 15 minutes on Thursday, September 25, the Fillmore County Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for National Wind to erect a meteorological tower in Section 16 of Beaver Township on land owned by ..... 
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County asks governor to suspend Green Acre Law changes

Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston - The Fillmore County Board at their regular meeting on September 23 passed a resolution asking Governor Pawlenty to "suspend the implementation of changes to the Green Acres law that were implemented in Chapter 366 of the 2008 session." The ..... 
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Lanesboro increases levy by 3 percent

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro - The Lanesboro City Council passed a resolution for the 2009 budget and tax levy at their regular meeting on September 15. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman presented the council with a copy of the proposed 2009 budget, with the changes ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council discuss plans for Tracey Road

Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
Posted in Government

The proposed improvements on west Tracey Road drew some interested property owners at the September 8 Spring Valley City council meeting, who wanted more information on what the City's plan was going to be to put utilities down the center of the roa ..... 
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Rushford council fails to endorse proposals

Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
Posted in Government

Rushford - The Rushford city council said a quiet "no thanks" to two sizable proposals on their agenda last Monday night by declining to second the motions made to endorse the projects.

City Administrator Windy Block carefully presented a pl ..... 
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Sentence To Serve amended

Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen addressed the county board with some good news at their September 9 meeting. The Sentence To Serve (STS) program, praised by Jensen as the first successful program to help people work off fines and time while providing a valuabl ..... 
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Harmony sets levy at $612,942

Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
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The Harmony City Council passed a resolution for the tax levy for the preliminary 2009 budget. City Administrator Jerome Illg presented the council with the proposed budget and highlighted the changes from the 2008 budget. The total tax capacity lev ..... 
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