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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 like to utilize the lot that has been empty since the fire burned down the building seven years ago. Their idea is to have an "open air" market, a place where vendors can set up and sell arts and crafts, have flea markets, music, and sell food.

The Planning and Zoning ordinance requires that there be a permanent structure, so they have applied for the CUP. They had previously met with the Planning and Zoning Commission twice to go over the stipulations that would be required if they received the permit. The EDA (Economic Development Authority) gave their recommendation to approve the CUP, and Planning and Zoning approved with the stipulations.

Eric Bunge spoke to the council and the audience, explaining their purpose. "Vendors could set up on a temporary basis with either a small booth or a large tent," he said. "We just want to utilize the space and beautify the area."

The stipulations put on the market, that the Bunges agreed upon, included having events be temporary. This means that they will go from one day up to no more than five days. There will be one day a week the lot is empty. The stands or tents will be taken down after every event. There will be no more than one flea market/garage sale type event in a month. There will also be only one food event a month, and it will be locally sponsored. An area in the back of the property will be used for loading and unloading. Hours of operation will be from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. from roughly May 1 through October 31. Events will work with, not compete against, other events like Buffalo Bill Days and Art in the Park. The permit will be looked at in a year to see how things are going, and it can be revoked at any time by the council.

Council member Joe O'Connor asked City Attorney Tom Manion about the city's current noise ordinances and nuisance ordinances, if they would be adequate. Manion replied they may need to be looked at again, since this is a unique situation.

O'Connor also asked Bunge if other cities in the Midwest have done anything like this. Bunge mentioned Rochester's Thursdays on First. Since Rochester has started having vendors and other things on First Avenue, businesses in downtown Rochester have seen a major d .....
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Spring Valley Council take final action on 2009 budget

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Members of the Spring Valley City Council took final action on the 2009 budget on Monday night (June 22, 2009) and Mayor Struzyk warned that, "This year, 2009 is not as tough as next year will be in balancing the budget."

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Ropes speaks and listens in Chatfield

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

State Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes-DFL continued a trip around her district addressing the Chatfield City Council at their June 22 meeting. She stressed that we all need to get through this together in part by keeping in touch as much as possible.< ..... 
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Grant approved for Preston, Chatfield and Ostrander

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman informed the Preston City Council at their June 10 meeting that the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) grant was approved in the amount of $474,200. He reminded them that the state/federal grant was applied for la ..... 
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County signaling level budget for 2010

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

County Coordinator Karen Brown asked the board's direction to department heads in planning the 2010 budget at the June 9 meeting. She wanted to be able to give department heads notice as to limits on salary and wage increases. Brown warned that a po ..... 
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Spring Valley budget cuts?

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

"The General Fund is the only place left to cut." This statement came from City Administrator Deb Zimmer at the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday night, June 8th. Zimmer walked the Council and the public through the Final Budgeted Expendi ..... 
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Harmony City Council speaks with Ropes

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council was able to speak to Senator Sharon Ropes during their regular meeting on June 9. They asked questions and got some information about the state's budget and the status of the city's LGA (Local Government Aid).

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Rushford City Council receives levee recertification update

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
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In a lengthy, occasionally vague presentation, the council heard an initial report by URS Corporation and American Engineering Testing at the Monday, June 8th meeting. The presentation detailed the current analysis of the flood protection system, as ..... 
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Chatfield, Preston and Ostrander receive grants

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

Southeastern Minnesota Develpment Corporation (SEMDC), in partnership with Semcac awarded a $474,200 in Small Cities Development Program Grant. The grant will assist the following communities: Ostrander, Preston, and Chatfield to help pay for improv ..... 
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