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Board of Adjustment approves Flynn variance


Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board of Adjustment approved two variances applied for by Steve and Denise Flynn, Carrolton Township, at their January 15 meeting. Last summer the board had denied variance applications from the couple to build a permanent dwelling on their thirteen acre property located two miles south of Lanesboro. Zoning Administrator Chris Graves opened the first meeting of the new year. Gary Ruskell was elected as chairman. Jim Keune was elected as vice-chairman.

During the intervening time since there first request for variances, the Flynns had appealed the decision and the judge directed the board to reconsider the variances with a changed criteria from "undue hardships" to a "practical difficulty." The two variances sought would allow relief from the zoning requirements that do not allow a residence to be built on land with a Crop Equivalency Rating (CER) greater than 65 if other sites are possible and the requirement that the home must be setback 150 feet from shoreland.

Zoning Administrator Chris Graves emphasized that no buildings are to be built in a flood plain according to the county's zoning ordinance in the Ag District.

Steve Flynn stated that the property was listed as a building site when they purchased it. In 2003, then Zoning Administrator Norman Craig had explained a series of steps they would need to take to build on the property which Flynn said has been done. Flynn said that he had received a letter from the Soil and Water Conservation District about a proposed buffer strip on the North side of the creek which would leave the area on that side of the creek too narrow to crop. No crops have been planted on that side since 2002. The couple have had a trailer on the property which has been lived in seasonally. They have drilled a well and put in a septic system large enough to service a three bedroom home.

Kenneth Moen, attorney for the Flynns, asked to put a map into the record. He explained that the county has taken the position to put the home on the South side of the creek which has been continually in crop production. Moen insisted that there is no legal access for the Flynns to the South side of the trout stream unless they built a bridge. He added that the state of Minnesota told the Flynns to put the well on the North side of the creek and the zoning administrator approved the septic to be placed there both in 2005. He added that five acres would have to be taken out of production if the home .....
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Vacancies create opportunities for Rushford citizens

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

An unexpected vacancy on the Rushford city council, as well as openings on a number of commissions, make this the perfect time for Rushford citizens to ask what they can do for their city.

Councilwoman Laura Deering announced January 1 that ..... 
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Harmony looks for more budget cuts

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The City of Harmony received their second LGA (Local Government Aid) payment for 2008 on December 15. They usually receive two payments a year from the state for a total of $375,000. This year, however, with the state looking at adeficit, many citie ..... 
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Spring Valley Council and Sheriff discuss law enforcement contract

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

"Difficult times require difficult answers."

Such was the temperament as Sheriff Daryl Jensen addressed the Spring Valley City Council. The conversation was direct and honest between Jensen and the City Council as both units of government f ..... 
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The Lanesboro Council gets a red box

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

An unexpected guest showed up at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 5. Terry Neumann, who owns and operates Mrs. B's Bed and Breakfast, approached the council with what he called a "thought gift." A red box was given to the mayor, which h ..... 
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Collett seated on Preston City Council

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

David Collett was sworn in as the newly elected member of the Preston City Council at the January 5 meeting. Much of the brief meeting was dominated by a discussion of 2009 appointments to open slots on the city's boards and commissions.

Cou ..... 
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County Board holds annual meeting

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners annual meeting was dominated by the yearly housekeeping docket on January 6. The first order of business was the oath of office given by Judge Robert Benson and sworn by the two incumbents, Chuck Amunrud and Marc Pr ..... 
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County Board holds annual meeting

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners annual meeting was dominated by the yearly housekeeping docket on January 6. The first order of business was the oath of office given by Judge Robert Benson and sworn by the two incumbents, Chuck Amunrud and Marc Pr ..... 
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Officials talk of state and local partnership

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Partnership, opportunities, and reform were some of the common themes banded about during a two hour meeting between the Fillmore County Board and area legislators on Tuesday, December 30, in Preston.

With a projected $4.6 billion ..... 
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