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County Board debates flood plain restrictions


Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig came prepared with copies of the current ordinance on flood plains at the April 8 meeting of the Board of Commissioners. Confusion as to what is allowed to be built in a flood plain was the issue. Craig explained that the definition of a flood plain is divided into two designations including a "floodway" where nothing can be built and a "flood fringe" where building can be permissible under certain conditions. To build in a "flood fringe" a property owner must hire an engineer to locate the "flood fringe." A building on the fringe would need to have no basement and the bottom of the structure would need to be one foot above the 100 year flood plain.

Chairman Randy Dahl asked if a permit would be needed to add fill to the flood plain. Craig answered that a permit would be needed and that the amount of fill is limited as the fill cannot affect the channels of the floodway. Craig added that the structure would need to be resurveyed after completion to establish that the bottom is still one foot above the flood plain.

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud wanted to know if a septic system could be installed in a flood plain. Craig replied that generally it would not be unless there was absolutely no other place to put it, but it is now permitted by ordinance in the ten year flood plain.

Commissioner Duane Bakke insisted that the committee working on the revision of the ordinance had asked Craig numerous times as to whether permanent structures were allowed in the flood plain. He complained that now you are telling us that there is a loophole where it can be done. Bakke added that this is not a good idea. Craig suggested that because of the added expense for the engineering required that it doesn't happen often. Amunrud related information learned at Winona State University at a recent flood forum that the frequency of floods over the last ten years has increased possibly because of climate change. He added that part of the ongoing planning for hazard mitigation should be a review of the language in the current ordinance which can create problems in a flood.

Craig said that the language in the ordinance is federal or FEMA language. He said that he will check with the DNR to see if the whole flood plain could be totally restricted. Bakke responded that he thought that they already did that. Amunrud agreed that he too thought the subcommittee had already dealt with that. He added that the possibi .....
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Preston Council looks at 2008 street projects

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
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Bill Cox, Public Works, presented maps and descriptions of three suggested projects to Preston City council members at their April 7 meeting. Work in the downtown area could be wrapped up with a mill and overlay of portions of St. Anthony and Mill S ..... 
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Harmony residents raise questions about property tax assessments

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Citizens of Harmony came to the City Council meeting on April 8 to discuss their property taxes and the assessments made on their homes recently. Fred Horihan and Cindy Blagsvadt from the Fillmore County Assessor's Office were there to answer any qu ..... 
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Lanesboro Council discusses capital improvement projects

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
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Lanesboro City Council members got together for a special meeting on April 7 to discuss the capital improvement projects and financing. They were also able to hear about some new options and lower costs from Mike Bubany of David Drown and Associates ..... 
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SV City Council holds special session on flood buyout

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in Special Session on Wednesday night (April 9, 2008) to take action on three items regarding buy out of property in the Flood Plain.

Flood Damage Buyout by City

Lucille Daggett had approached the Ci ..... 
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Design Team to help Rushford plan

Fri, Apr 4th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Susan Hart, co-chair of the Rushford Steering Committee, addressed the County Board at their April 1 meeting. Hart asked commissioners to come to Rushford during the visit of the Minnesota Design Team (MDT) from April 24 through the 26 to ..... 
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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 M ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Board discusses Old School and New School with the public

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
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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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