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County looks at tax abatement for Chatfield


Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board listened to the public and representatives from Chatfield encouraging the county to approve the tax abatement plan for the Hilltop Estates Development at their March 25 meeting. Commissioners Stafford Hansen and Marc Prestby were absent. The development will be located in the South eastern part of Chatfield. The new Elementary School and as many as 362 homes are in the plans. Mike Bubany of David Drown and Associates explained that because of an error in the public notice for the county's public hearing, a continued public hearing to be held April 15 at 4:00 p.m. will be necessary before final action by the county can be made. Bubany apologized for the error and his firm will pay for the cost of the continued hearing on that date. The notice for the hearing will be published on March 31.

Chairman Randy Dahl explained that the presentation for the abatement was made to the county Economic Development Authority (EDA) on March 19 and that by a vote of 3 for and 1 against approval was given to bring the issue before the county board. Ron Zeigler, community development coordinator representing the city of Chatfield, gave a brief history of the planning to this point including six school referendums over the last ten years. It was noted that the development project is consistent with a goal of the county's Comprehensive Plan (2006) to encourage new housing. The purpose of the tax abatement is to provide public infrastructure that will make residential growth possible. He noted that the county plan says that the county should work with developers to use available tools like tax abatement to finance development.

The tax abatement is to be used to finance the infrastructure including a booster station to bring water to the top of the hill, an additional road (Hillside Drive) and a walking path to make the school building more accessible, and to build a fund for a large future sanitary service pipe when and if the need arises. The sewer pipe is estimated to cost about $500,000 in today's dollars. Chatfield will construct a water tower to serve the school and the new development and bear the cost of the tower construction. The topography of the area is driving the need for the tax abatement. The elevation change from Main Street to the top of the development area is 260 feet. The additional road will be in part financed by assessments where there are usable lots and in part by the tax abatement.

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Rushford-Peterson Board discusses Old School and New School with the public

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

A much-hoped-for Rushford-Peterson facilities grant to buy land, build a new school and refurbish old classrooms will not be included in the 2008-09 Minnesota bonding bill.

Citing state fiscal constraints and competition from districts that ..... 
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Preston gives treatment site to city of Fountain

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council voted unanimously at a special meeting on Monday, March 24, to gift the site of a Preston owned wastewater plant in Fountain to the city of Fountain. For the past 19 years, the city of Preston has operated a pre-treatment pl ..... 
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Results of Rushford housing study unveiled

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

The results of the long-awaited housing study conducted by Maxfield Research, commissioned by the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, were unveiled last Thursday at Stumpy's.

Numerous sources of funding and grants are dependent upon this study b ..... 
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Planning Commission approves wind turbine CUP

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning Commission, at their Thursday, March 27 meeting, approved a conditional use permit for Renee Haugerud to install two wind turbines near the new home she is building in Carimona Township. The matter will now go ..... 
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Lanesboro council looks at Whittier Street and Maple Drive improvements

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council have to make some major decisions about financing the much-needed repairs on Whittier Street and Maple Drive. At the regular meeting on March 17, Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby Associates presented the council ..... 
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Preston City Council: Farmer's Market starting in May

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston will have a Farmer's Market beginning this May. The Preston City Council gave the go ahead to a group of organizers at their Monday, March 17, meeting.

The market will be located on the grass near the Preston trail head and be held o ..... 
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County addresses Minnesota budget deficit

Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County commissioners invited department heads in for a discussion about the state budget shortfall and how the county could be affected at their March 11 meeting. The Minnesota Department of Finance announced a forecast in February of a $9 ..... 
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Use of flood money for start-ups questioned

Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - In the days immediately following the flood of 2007, it was difficult for Rushford residents and civic leaders to imagine anything worse than the muddy water covering their town and nearly everything in it.

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