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Garage wood burner, more than a nuisance


Fri, Mar 11th, 2011
Posted in Government

Dianne Ruud expressed her concerns over the health threat posed by an inside garage wood burner in Preston at the city's March 7 council meeting. The city has an ordinance banning outdoor wood boilers or furnaces, but not directly banning any stove or burner located indoors. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent.

The city lists among nuisances that affect health (92.16) under general regulations, (I) "Dense smoke, noxious fumes, gas and soot, or cinders, in unreasonable quantities." A public nuisance is, in part, defined as "a condition which unreasonably annoys, injures or endangers the safety, health, morals, comfort or repose of any considerable number of members of the public."

Ruud insisted her health was being threatened by smoke entering her house from the neighbor's garage burner. She showed numerous pictures of cinders in the snow, smoke and material other than wood, including cardboard and plastic, that was to be burned. Ruud said she has detected smoke and odor beyond the property line. She said the effects have been persistent in her home after the burner was installed in 2007.

Councilman David Collett suggested the wood must not have beem fully cured or dried to produce a lot of smoke and creosote. Councilman Robert Sauer insisted wood smoke can produce the same harmful chemicals that tobacco does. Smoldering and burning at low temperatures is especially bad.

Ruud said there is no escaping the smoke and that she is a captive in her own home. Sauer maintained that this is more than a mere nuisance like not mowing one's lawn.

The council approved a motion to have the city staff make a notification to the neighbor that they are enforcing the ordinance. The notification would require that the practice be ceased and that an abatement plan for modification be made. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said they will meet with the property owner.

Hoffman stated that if the city were to draft an ordinance to address interior wood burners, they would have to start from scratch. Police Chief Matt Schultz said most of the complaints received during the summer are due to recreational burning, not interior garage burners.

Ruud held up and read a notice she had received some months ago in the mail saying that "clean air is not a privilege, it is your right."

Rezoning

The council approved the rezoning of property as recommended by Planning and Zoning. Anita and Andy Biesek would like to sell the Brick .....
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Harmony to spray for mosquitoes in spring

Fri, Mar 11th, 2011
Posted in Government

During the council meeting on March 8, the Harmony City Council voted to spray the town for mosquitoes this spring.

Last year the subject came up when the mosquito population was causing a lot of problems. Council members said people were n ..... 
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County Board discusses regional jail capacity

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Government



Sheriff Daryl Jensen led the discussion at the board's March 1 meeting concerning the region's existing bed capacity in the county jails. A regional meeting, including eleven southeast Minnesota counties, was held in Red Wing to discuss the ..... 
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Spring Valley sidewalk policy

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
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The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night and went through the normal routine of paying bills, approving minutes, etc.

Topping the agenda was a resolution approval for the Sportsmen's Club raffle permit. The raffle will be ..... 
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Chatfield council discusses upgrades for Thurber Building

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
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Councilor Paul Novotny reported on discussions in the Public Services Committee at the council's February 28 meeting for some possible equipment upgrades for the Thurber Building.

It will take less than $1,000 to make the building wireless. ..... 
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City of Rushford Village Feb. 15, 2011

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The February 15, 2011, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zoning A ..... 
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Rushford sets public hearings

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
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The Rushford City Council has moved forward with a recommendation from the Economic Development Authority (EDA) to set hearings for both implementation of a Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) and a proposed business subsidy revolving fun ..... 
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County looking at regional human service delivery system

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
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Community Services Administrator Tom Boyd reported at the county board's February 22 meeting on a recent meeting involving twelve regional counties that are working on the creation of a cooperative plan to more efficiently deliver human services. Th ..... 
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Preston approves additional ordinances

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
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The Preston City Council approved two additional ordinances at their February 22 meeting.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained the city has received complaints from residents about buildings or homes that have temporary coverings like a ..... 
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