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Fillmore County Zoning & Planning Commission: Old Spring Valley Creamery site rezoned commercial


Fri, Oct 19th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission, at their Thursday, October 18 meeting, unanimously approved rezoning property belonging to Terry Fetterly in Section 34 of Spring Valley Township from agricultural to commercial. Fetterly intends to build a restaurant in the historic old Creamery.

Fillmore County Attorney Brett Corson raised the question as to whether rezoning this site would constitute spot zoning. While the creamery site is located a mile from Spring Valley city services, the property is within a half mile of the city, complying with the Fillmore County Zoning Ordinance. The site is also in a area with mixed zoning, including residential and commercial properties.

There was some discussion about septic systems and whether the 3.4 acre site can accommodate a primary and secondary septic site to handle a commercial operation of this size. It was noted that the matter before the commission was related to rezoning and was not about a conditional use permit to operate.

It is expected that the Fillmore County Board will take up the rezoning matter at their next board meeting. If given the go ahead, Fetterly is expected to apply for a conditional use permit, which would then be discussed at the November 15 commission meeting.

Fetterly expects to begin construction in the spring of 2008. A new exterior structure would be built around the old creamery, incorporating the limestone walls in the interior decor. The restaurant, which will seat 80, hopes to be open the spring of 2009.

• The Commission renewed a conditional use permit for the Moen Rock Quarry in Section 28 of Pilot Mound Township. One of the conditions placed on the permit is that the quarry has one year to remove stockpiles of lime that are located outside the quarry across the road. Mervin Moen, owner of the quarry, must also work with Norm Craig, Zoning Administrator, to develop a reclamation plan for the site, in order to be compliant with the Fillmore County Zoning Ordinance. The matter will be passed on to the Fillmore County Board for final approval.

• The Committee approved a conditional use permit for Ben and Diane Nolt to operate a water bottling facility in the Ag District in Section 31 of Beaver Township. The permit is for a wholesale facility and not a retail operation, such as a gift shop. The matter will now be sent to the Fillmore County Board for final approval.

Lanesboro City Council Report: Council continues discussion of Capital Improvement Projects

Fri, Oct 19th, 2007
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LANESBORO - The Lanesboro City Council members have plans and major decisions to make in the near future when it comes to Capital Improvement Projects. There are several projects, including street repairs and sewer and water issues that need to be d ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Weather affects street work

Fri, Oct 19th, 2007
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PRESTON - The soggy weather conditions that are plaguing the area have continued to delay the 2007 street improvements. Preston City Council members approved a measure extending the contract for an open ended completion date at their October 16 meet ..... 
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Flood issues preoccupy Rushford and city council

Fri, Oct 12th, 2007
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RUSHFORD - The brittle rubble of a flood-wrecked Rushford home swings through midair in the steel maw of a powerful machine then drops into a Red Box container at the curb sending a wind-pushed plume of blue dust across the street into windowless ho ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council approves contract with Waste Management

Fri, Oct 12th, 2007
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SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council met Monday night, October 8 and gave final approval to the contract with Waste Management. Waste Management had included an extra day of service for an event and fuel adjustment cost to the document at ..... 
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Harmony Council selects contractor for Community Center project

Fri, Oct 12th, 2007
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Members of the Harmony City Council made a decision on who would be doing the construction work at the community center this fall at their October 9 meeting. They received a total of six bids, and Mayor David Kingsley stated he was happy with them. ..... 
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County approves tax abatements for flood damage properties

Fri, Oct 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Assessor Robert Pickett presented the board with a very long list of properties in Fillmore County that should qualify for a tax abatement for the second half of 2007 at their October 9 meeting. These properties will have to have at least ..... 
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Preston proceeds with eminent domain for trail

Fri, Oct 5th, 2007
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PRESTON - Preston City Council members unanimously approved a resolution at their October 2 meeting appointing Preston Attorney David Joerg as special counsel to use eminent domain proceedings to acquire two holdout properties for the Preston-Forest ..... 
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EDA proposal tweaked for DEED acceptance

Fri, Oct 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - "As to the question, 'is the business community satisfied with this (proposal)?', I think I can answer that-No!" said Rushford mayor Les Ladewig in the special meeting of the city council last Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Ladewig continued, " ..... 
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