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Rushford Village special meeting


Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The City of Rushford Village held a special public meeting regarding outdoor/open burning on August 26, 2009.

Mayor Johnson welcomed the more than twenty citizens present and explained that the purpose of the meeting was to have an open discussion about the draft Outdoor Burning Ordinance that the zoning board has been working on for three years at the request of the council. He asked for courtesy for opposing views and said the goal is to come up with something we can live with and is enforceable. He said NESCAUM has provided a model, suggesting that EPA regulations are likely to follow. He said we don't want to infringe on people's rights but also must consider the health of others, and rather than the council telling residents what to do, we want to hear what you are willing to do.

Citizens talked about allergies, people burning garbage, which is prohibited, or lesser wood vs seasoned dry wood, affordability of wood vs oil, types of woodburners as indicated by a white or orange tag which determine whether they can be used year round or just during winter, grandfathering less efficient existing stoves and the possibility of retrofitting, the lack of accurate testing available for emissions, a proposed 300 foot rule from next structure, urban density vs rural situations, etc.

Mayor Johnson suggested that responsibility belongs to all of us, that the council cannot be aware of every situation but will respond to complaints. He noted that wood stoves in homes are beyond the council control. Discussion continued almost two hours. Zoning board and council members also provided comments and asked questions of those present. Mayor Johnson thanked everyone for coming and for their input.

Other business

• Attorney Manion had made some additions to the treasurer's contract that were approved on motion by Overland, seconded by Schwanke and carried unanimously.

Eagle Cliff bicyclists continue unsafe passage

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

Mike McGrath addressed the Fillmore County Board about the continuing hazard along State Highway 16 for bicyclists traveling from Eagle Cliff Campground to the Whalan bridge at the board's August 25 meeting. At the last opportunity for citizens' inp ..... 
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Rushford City Council moves forward with City Center Project

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

A presentation by the well-organized library board and its lead architect, Val Schute of River Architects, was the big event at the Monday, August 24, city council meeting. It was intended to ascertain the council's commitment in moving forward with ..... 
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Spring Valley discusses H1N1 flu and 800 mhz radios

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

Issues involving radios and H1N1 flu consumed most of the city council meeting on Monday night.

John Dols of the Emergency Management Team briefed the council on a meeting he had gone to last week in Preston concerning the H1N1 flu. He repo ..... 
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Elementary School gets approval for storage building

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

A Conditional Use Permit (CUP) was approved by the Chatfield City Council for a storage structure near the new elementary school, which lies within a residential area, at the council's August 24 meeting. Planning and Zoning had met in special sessio ..... 
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Emergency communication options weighed by county

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board held a special meeting on August 18 to review the pros and cons of three potential future emergency communication systems. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent US government agency responsible to cong ..... 
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Preston Council and utility review proposed contract extension

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston Utility Commission and the Preston City Council met for a second week together on August 18 to study the analysis completed by R. W. Beck, Inc. The firm was tasked by Preston and several other communities that are currently members of th ..... 
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Preston discusses parking ordinance for residential streets

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

Preston Police Chief Matt Schultz, along with City Administrator Joe Hoffman, described the concern over "on street parking" of semi trucks and trailers and recreational vehicles at the city's August 17 meeting. Hoffman said the city has received an ..... 
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Lanesboro strives for approved 2010 budget

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman informed the City Council that the skateboard park had been vandalized for the second time in two weeks. She said the panels were ripped off, cigarettes were all over the place, graffiti had been spray ..... 
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