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Rushford Village regular council meeting


Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Government

At 6:36 p.m. on May 18, 2010, continuation of the special meeting was called to order by Acting Mayor Dale Schwanke, as he had presided on May 11, 2010. Members present: Mayor Gordon Johnson, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Absent: Dennis Overland. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Zoning Board members Darrell Erickson, Glen Kopperud, Bruce Hovland, Absent: Lee Loerch, Attorney Thomas Manion, Clerk Joyce Iverson, SEMDC/Southeast Consultants.

CITIZENS/GUESTS: Mary Gudmundson, Val Gudmundson, Freddie Arnold, Virginia Arnold, Emily Spende, Harold Naber, Evan Meier, Jack Hedin, Mike Peterson, Kaye Bernard, Gary Brown, Andrea Konetchy, Helen Novlan.

Schwanke reviewed the status at the end of the May 11, 2010, special meeting and stated that the campground layout plan will have to be reviewed by the city's engineers, essentially for stormwater run-off. To be addressed: whether the city would consider distance variances to the required setbacks or whether there is another way to meet the setbacks. Schwanke identified three main concerns: 1) noise from within and from outside the campground, 2) smoke, and, 3) safety from the gas plant. Regarding noise from Mike Peterson starting equipment in the night, that is part of his business and he was there before any campground. Regarding noise from within, Fillmore County sheriff has said that problems have been minimal at Eagle Cliff near Whalan. Smoke from 49 campfires could be an issue, but there may not be that many going all at once. For Tri-County Electric, the architectural design people said it should not be a problem as the air handling system shuts down when the building is not occupied. If problems for other neighbors, the language in the Outdoor Burning Ordinance should be sufficient. Naber/Spende said the state allows a playground to be within 50 feet of a propane tank. USDA cropland safety requirements were stated as a concern for Featherstone Fruits and Vegetables, possibly requiring fencing.

With the present layout plan, a 100-foot variance would be needed to meet the 500-foot setback from the LP gas plant and an 80-foot variance to Featherstone. Changing the layout was suggested to avoid the need for variances. Naber said they have already squeezed the plan, having moved the recreation area out of the center, which is the ideal. Though the application is for 49 sites, Naber said 70-74 sites are what will make it profitable. Johnson asked whether an EAW would then .....
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Chatfield moves forward on smoking regulations

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council directed the City Attorney Fred Suhler to draft an ordinance to regulate smoking in specific outside areas at their May 24 meeting. The issue has been discussed in past council meetings and at the Park and Recreation Commi ..... 
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Chatfield moves forward on smoking regulations

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council directed the City Attorney Fred Suhler to draft an ordinance to regulate smoking in specific outside areas at their May 24 meeting. The issue has been discussed in past council meetings and at the Park and Recreation Commi ..... 
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Fountain Fire Department presents quotes for equipment

Fri, May 28th, 2010
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The regular meeting of the Fountain City Council was called to order by Mayor Richard Kujath on May 5, 2010. Council persons present were: Dave Gudmundson, Jim Schott, Bryan Ostby, and Chad Wangen. Stan Speer, clerk; Sharon Speer, assistant clerk; H ..... 
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Peterson reports on Housing Grant to begin mid-June

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council met on May 4, 2010, with the following present: Jan Smaby, Chuck Eidenschink, Bill Grindland, Randy Benson, Tim Hallum, Lolly Melander and Rick Lee. There were eighteen guests present at this meeting. ..... 
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Canton contends with roaming cats

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular May meeting of the Canton City Council was called to order by Mayor Donivee Johnson. Those present were: Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Cindy Shanks, Lolly Melander, and Jon Nordsving. Ross Duckett was absent. Guests at this meeting were Barb ..... 
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Community Center performance bond an issue at Rushford audit

Fri, May 28th, 2010
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The Rushford City Council received its annual audit report from Tom Wente of Smith Schafer & Associates, Ltd. at the Monday, May 24th, meeting. While Wente indicated the city is in "pretty solid shape," he found two issues that needed attention.
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Progress toward zero deaths

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

Southeast Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program co-chair, Captain Randy Slinger, and TZD Coordinator, Kristine Hernandez, presented an overview of the program efforts, progress, and goals to the Fillmore County Board on May 25. On May 20 there ..... 
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Spring Valley's City Council holds joint meeting with Planning and Zoning Commission

Fri, May 28th, 2010
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Spring Valley's City Council held a joint meeting with the city's Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, May 24th, at City Hall.

A public hearing for the Planning and Zoning Commission was called to order at 5 p.m. to recommend to the c ..... 
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