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Chatfield outdoor smoking ordinance approved


Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government

At the June 28 meeting of the Chatfield City Council, an ordinance limiting smoking in certain public areas was approved with very little public resistance. City Attorney Fred Suhler remarked he drafted an ordinance making smoking in restricted outdoor areas an administrative offense or one with no jail time attached. The penalty for a violation will be a $25 fine.

The ordinance includes Block 19 or the Potter area, City Park, the picnic shelter in Groen Park, the area within skate park located in Mill Creek Park and any area located within 15 feet from the boundary of any childrens's specific play area in a public park. Suhler refers to the Minnesota 2007 "Freedom to Breath Act" to authorize the ordinance for regulating outdoor smoking in public areas.

City Clerk Joel Young said he had been contacted twice with one grandparent urging the city to pass something as the grandchildren had picked up butts in City Park. Another resident had requested that they include the bleacher area in Mill Creek Park where one sits to watch a softball game. This area was not included in the ordinance.

Councilor Dave Frank said the ordinance is directed at protecting children. Councilor Ken Jacobson said generally no one has had a problem with restricting playground areas. He did have a comment complaining about more government control on peoples lives. Jacobson questioned the enforceability of the ordinance. Acting Mayor Paul Novotny agreed people seemed to have no problem with restrictions in playground areas, but some have questioned the need for restrictions in the rest of the park. Councilor Josh Thompson said he was fine with the way the ordinance was written and didn't believe the ordinance would micro manage peoples's lives. Councilor Ginny Engle remarked the ordinance gives the city some leverage without special enforcement. She added most people respect other people's space.

The ordinance was approved unanimously.

Other Business In Brief

•Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers said two bids were offered on the 1972 GMC Water Truck. The council accepted the high bid from Griffin Construction of $1500.

•Permission was granted for the Chatfield Softball Association to sponsor a couple of concessions in Mill Creek Park during Western Days.

•Frank said bids are being sought on an ambulance for a replacement vehicle this fall.

•Young said the Fingerson-Donahoe Subdivision is beh .....
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Fillmore County one step closer to being site of State Veteran's Cemetery

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government

Fillmore County Commissioner Chuck Amunrud appeared before the Spring Valley City Council on Monday night seeking support from the city in the establishment of a Veteran's Cemetery in Fillmore County that could be as large as 513 acres. Amunrud said ..... 
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Huge challenges for Rushford council

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government

The Monday, June 28th, meeting was laid out in a lengthy agenda of nearly 20 scheduled items of general business, plus the additions of at least five items. The added topics included discussion of the hot-button issues of the community center, the n ..... 
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Preston issues two resolutions

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Government

Fourth District Commissioner Duane Bakke updated the Preston City Council on the process that may lead to a National Veterans Cemetery on the county land south of Preston at the council's June 21 meeting. The council will provide letters of support ..... 
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Agreement reached with MN Dept. of Corrections

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen explained an agreement at the board's June 22 meeting between the county and the state whereby selected state prisoners could be housed at the county jail solely for the purpose of working on the Sentence to Serve (STS) crew. He ..... 
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City of Rushford Village regular council meeting

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Government

The June 1, 2010 Regular Meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney Thomas Manio ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses banking options and Veteran's Cemetery

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Government

On June 21, the Lanesboro City Council and the Public Utilities Commission had a joint meeting. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates was there to talk to them about upcoming capital improvements and their effect on taxes and utility rates.

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Wykoff approves sewer rate increase

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Tim Grabau, Betty Niemeyer, Jeremy Comstock, Cheryl Davis. Absent: Mike Holzer, Al Williams and ..... 
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Rushford looks for answers

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Government

Nearly 50 people packed the council meeting room Monday, June 14th until it was standing room only, and barely. After several additions, deletions, and rearranging of the scheduled agenda, the council proceeded on task, questioning developer Tom Ser ..... 
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