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Preston City Council gives Corson Condominiums a zoning extension


Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

Preston - The owners of Corson Condominiums, formerly the Preston High and Elementary School, were present at the February 17 Preston City Council meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that he had been approached late last year by Steve Corson with the Corson's goal of achieving a mixed zoning use for the facility including motel suites considered commercial use and apartments considered residential use.

The property is currently zoned R-3. The owners have sought the approval of the city council for a zoning classification that will show the State that the facility is in compliance with zoning laws. The Minnesota Department of Public Health inspects the facility on a regular basis and after a recent inspection questioned the appropriateness of the zoning classification. The matter needs to be cleared up in order to obtain the necessary licensing.

A two hour public hearing was held on January 21, 2009, at the Preston Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The commission ultimately recommended that the city council approve the zoning classification change from R-3 to Institutional-Office-Residential (IOR) which is the same classification made to accommodate the facility that was the Preston nursing home. The commission also recommended approval of a Condition Use Permit (CUP) for use as an apartment building with the condition of two hard surface parking spots per unit to be completed by July 31, 2009. A second motel CUP was recommened with three conditions, including the parking requirements to comply with ordinance laws to be met by July 31, 2009, a verbal and written notice to guests of the off street parking, and limits to size and lighting of signage for the facility.

Hoffman noted that most concerns raised by neighbors involoved parking and storm water run off. Carlisle Corson added that the commission also recommended that a loading zone be established.

Council Questions and Remarks

Councilman Robert Sauer, who also sits on Planning Commission, said that the owners argued that the R-3 classification was appropriate because the property was a lodging house. He went on to say that if the state statute is stricter than ours, we use it as a reference. City Attorney Dwight Luhmann explained that when the state law is more restrictive, the city would need to abide by that law. Hoffman said that by the strictest interpretation of our ordinances, motel rooms with kitchens would not be permitted.

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Wolter appointed to City Council vacancy

Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

Jim Wolter was appointed to temporarily fill the Rushford city council seat left vacant when Laura Deering resigned last month; it was a larger-than-usual crowd at the Rushford City Council meeting February 9, no doubt with the anticipation of some " ..... 
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Harmony makes over $100,000 in cuts

Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

Like most communities in the area, Harmony has been dealing with the effects of losing LGA money from the state, and is trying to make cuts to their already tight budget.

Several departments looked at the budget for 2009 and made some suggest ..... 
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Spring Valley focuses on financials

Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

The focus of the Spring valley City Council on Monday, February 9, was focused on the financial situation of the city and what the various departments can do to deal with the certain shortfalls that will happen not only this year, but years down the ..... 
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Lanesboro city council discusses budget woes

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council got closer to deciding their 2009 budget cuts at their regular meeting February 2. Governor Pawlenty's proposed budget will mean a cut in Lanesboro's LGA (Local Government Aid) of $31,116 in 2009 and $61,000 in 2010.
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Preston looking to cut $30,000 more

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman offered options to the city council on how to re-budget for 2009 at their February 2 meeting. Hoffman noted that the expected cuts of Local Government Aid (LGA) from the state for this year creates an unusual situation ..... 
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Recession increases demand for Social Services

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Social Service Director Thomas Boyd gave some ballooning and troubling statistics of increased demand for services due to the depressed economy at the board's February 3 meeting. Food stamp cases went from 322 in January 2008, to 399 in De ..... 
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County amends Computer Replacement Policy

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board had a light agenda at their January 27 meeting. In accordance with their ongoing effort to rein in costs where possible an amendment to the computer replacement policy was amended to read "as needed," removing wording for a ..... 
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Rushford hires fundraising firm for library project

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Minus one-member, the Rushford City Council voted unanimously last Monday, January 26, to enter into a contract with Winona-based consultants, Crescendo-LLP, to "manage and direct" a capital campaign designed to raise $1.2-million for con ..... 
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