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County board deals with zoning issues


Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County commissioners approved the appointment of Cindy Blagsvedt to be County Assessor as of January 1 to serve out the term of retiring Robert Pickett. Blagsvedt is currently a property appraiser in the assessor's office. She has worked for the county for ten years, nine of those years working in the assessor's office. Blagsvedt will work in a provisional capacity for up to one year, after which she may be appointed for her own four year term. The County Assessor, Highway Engineer and Emergency/Veterans Affairs position are all four year appointments.

RV's and Campground Zoning Ordinance

Zoning Administrator Norman Craig discussed amendments to the ordinance dealing with campgrounds and recreational vehicles. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud was concerned about the language requiring a setback of 1,000 feet for new campgrounds or expansion of existing campgrounds from existing dwellings. He wanted the word 'expansion' removed. Commissioner Duane Bakke suggested that it should be discussed at the public hearing. Commissioner Randy Dahl insisted that campgrounds should be setback at least one thousand feet from rock quarries, as is the requirement for dwellings. Bakke agreed.

Commissioner Dahl maintained that tent campers should be of a limited number on a flood plain. He suggested that the recent sudden rise of Rush Creek exemplifies the hazard of camping in a narrow valley. Chairman Marc Prestby questioned what difference there is between twenty-five or fifty tents.

Craig noted that the definition of a recreational camping vehicle was defined further in order to include "any dwelling, temporary or permanent on wheels parked in a campground...whether manufactured totally or in part in the campground or outside the campground."

The board referred the amended zoning ordinance to the Planning Commission for a public hearing. The hearing will be held January 24 at the Planning and Zoning meeting.

A letter from MnDot sent to the Fillmore County Zoning Office was discussed with Craig. MnDot spelled out its recommendations to improve safety along the proposed Creamery restoration on MN 16 in Spring Valley. Chris Moates, MnDot Planning Director, admits in the letter that the site does not have a direct access to MN 16. He suggests the highway will still be used as the main route and is concerned about the intersection of 226th Avenue and MN 16. The county board recently approved a Conditional Use Permit .....
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Rushford City Council Report: Library and city hall will move to new location

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - When the Rushford Public Library eventually moves to a new location, the city hall will move with it, the city council voted unanimously at the regular council meeting on December 10.

City Hall and the library are currently togeth ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Final levy certified

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Spring Valley City Council concluded their business in about fifteen minutes at their December 10 meeting. City Administrator Deb Zimmer stated that $30,000 was cut from the preliminary levy approved in September making $876,170 the ..... 
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Preston goes with known quantity over local accounting firm

Fri, Dec 7th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Preston City Council members approved the hiring of Smith Schafer & Associates, Rochester, to prepare this year's audit at the December 4 council meeting. Lloyd Johnson, Spring Valley, whose firm has been preparing the city's audits for se ..... 
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Lanesboro looks at budget cuts for 2008

Fri, Dec 7th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Before the regular City Council meeting on December 3, residents of Lanesboro were invited to a Public Hearing to discuss the budget or levy items for 2008. There were no citizens at the meeting to ask any questions. City Administrator B ..... 
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Rushford council approves loans for six businesses

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - So far, distributing the state flood relief money to damaged Rushford businesses is proving to be as challenging as securing the funds in the first place.

At its regular meeting last Monday, November 26, the Rushford city council ..... 
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Spring Valley Council reviews 2008 levy

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, Nov. 26 and discussed the proposed 2008 budget and tax levy. City Administrator Deb Zimmer presented the preliminary figures to council members and pointed out areas where the budget will ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Commissioners grapple with zoning issues

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - A variety of Conditional Use Permit (CUP) requests were each approved by the board after thorough discussions at their November 27 meeting. Darin Funk of Spring Valley listed several concerns he and his wife Tori have about a plan to open ..... 
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Rushford will rebuild liquor store in same location

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - In the aftermath of August's flood, the city of Rushford has had to make many decisions quickly that will impact the residents for years to come. Last Thursday, the city council took up the issue of what to do with public properties damag ..... 
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