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Rushford City Council discusses hardware store


Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

At its meeting on October 27, the Rushford City Council wasted little time in approving all variance requests by Rushford Hardware owners Greg and Kim Norstad to pave the way for them to build their new store directly south of Rushford Foods.

The Planning Commission had met earlier in the day to approve the Norstad's requests. The council then approved the variances in customer and employee parking, loading docks and number of trees required, despite warnings interjected by Mayor Ladewig who wanted the council to consider the precedents they were setting.

The mayor explained that variances should be used in unusual situations or to prevent hardship, and he "can't see a hardship here, beyond the self-imposed hardship" of wanting to build an extra large store. Ladewig emphasized that he supports the Norstad's efforts, but fears that by granting variances so easily, the city risks losing control over downtown zoning and rendering previously set zoning regulations meaningless.

Since this past spring, it has appeared that Rushford Hardware would build north of town in the Rush Creek Business Park.

The council, having individually expressed wishes in recent months that the hardware store could stay downtown, did not agree with the mayor's warnings and approved accepting the current 52 customer parking spaces as adequate for both businesses, despite the fact that zoning regulations for businesses of this square footage would require 134 parking spaces for Rushford Foods and the new hardware store combined.

Zoning regulations also stipulate that the Norstad site plan include at least three trees: the planning commission accepted lowering this requirement to one tree, and the council agreed.

A third variance was sought regarding loading docks. Regulations state that the applicant should provide one off-street loading berth on the site that meets the zoning code standards, but the Norstads have requested to use the nearby public right-of-way, through a lease from the city, as an off-street loading area as well as employee parking.

This was the only point where city administrator Windy Block interjected a warning. "If you lease public property to one business, others will want to do it, too," Block said, but the council approved the measure and directed city staff to draw up a lease for the suggested amount of $250 per year.

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Shoreland mapping project for SE Minnesota

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Ross Hoffman, Cannon River Partnership, instructed the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners on the details of the shoreland mapping project at their October 28 meeting. His job in part is to educate elected officials and the public and t ..... 
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Capital improvement projects going smoothly

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Capital Improvement projects in Lanesboro are moving along smoothly, according to City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman. The new floors and heaters at the fire hall are completed, as well as the curb and gutter at Maple Drive and Whittier ..... 
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Preston to start flood buyout program

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council voted at their Monday, October 20 meeting, to begin the buyout of flood affected homes in South Preston along the Root River. City Administrator Joe Hoffman and councilman Robert Sauer recently ranked twelve proper ..... 
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Teske named Emergency Manager of the Year

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
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Preston - Craig Strand, Regional Program Coordinator of Minnesota Homeland Security, and Brenda Wodele, Regional Representative of Minnesota Homeland Security and Wabasha Emergency Management Director, formally presented Fillmore County Emergency Ma ..... 
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Council rezones part of Rushford downtown

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Rushford - A zoning request approved by both the zoning appeals board and city council has paved the way for expanding the downtown business area for potential business growth around Rushford Foods.

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Planning board rejects Moulton zoning change

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston - At their October meeting last Thursday, the Fillmore County Planning Commission voted unanimously to deny a request from Dan Moulton of Chatfield Township to have his property re-zoned from agricultural to industrial. The matter will now b ..... 
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Harmony City Council trims budget

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council discussed how to make cuts in their budget for next year at their Tuesday, October 14 meeting. The preliminary budget had an increase of $90,854. The council wanted to see increases limited to $40,000, which would also decre ..... 
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Wall Street comes to Main Street

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Spring Valley - "We've been kicked in the rear twice since we last met!" These were the words of Mike Bubaney of David Drown Associates as he addressed the Spring Valley City Council at their October 13th meeting. The comments were made as Bubaney b ..... 
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