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Lanesboro City Council Report: Seeking to resolve differences


Fri, May 25th, 2007
Posted in Government

Disagreement was the common thread at the May 21 Lanesboro City Council meeting as the council moved from one issue to another. First the council held a hearing on Mark Brewster's request to rezone his property at 300 Elmwood Street East from R-2 (multi-family residential) to R-3 (residential business district). Since the city doesn't allow spot zoning, all properties between the existing R-3 and the Brewster property would also be rezoned R-3. Brewster wishes to rent the home on a short-term basis. Neighbor Jill Underwood spoke to support Brewster in his request, noting she had no concerns about it as a lodging establishment since Brewster already had experience in the business. Kevin Fitzgerald called the project good for the neighborhood and the community just as everything Brewster has done so far has benefited the city. Hal Cropp, speaking for himself and the Commonweal also supported Brewster. Richard and Lisa Thoen, owners of property that would also be rezoned, however, in a phone call earlier in the day told city administrator Bobbie Torgerson they were opposed to the rezoning but were unable to attend the hearing. Later in the regular council meeting, the council opted to invite all affected property owners to the next meeting and delayed a decision until then.

Holt Township road upkeep

Robert Knutson and other board members from Holt Township presented the next disagreement to the council. At their last meeting, the council had decided to no longer pay for the grading of the township road. Knutson found township meeting minutes from 1991; in these, was information about an agreement that the city would take over the road. The township "vacated" the road in Dec. 1991. Knutson commented, "It's pretty crystal clear that the city owns that road out to the 'Y.'" He went on, "We would like to get this resolved."

Council member Tom Dybing reported he'd looked at the annexation that had taken place in 1991, but said it didn't address the road. "I think it's poor tax policy that the township is collecting taxes on land on either side of the road and we're taking care of it!"

Council member Joe O'Connor reminded the group that both the township board and the council were advised by legal counsel in 1991, "If a resolution was adopted, we need to just move on." The council will have city attorney Tom Manion check his files for further information.

Pottebaum property

With yet another disagreement, Rick Pottebaum .....
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Commissioners Report: Board approves agreement to study water quality

Fri, May 25th, 2007
Posted in Government

At the May 22 Fillmore County Commissioners meeting, Donna Rasmussen, Soil and Water Conservation reviewed a work plan from SE MN Water Resource Center, Winona State University, to study which management practices are most effective for improving wa ..... 
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Frustration with Hwy 52 construction plans aired

Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Government

CHATFIELD - Representatives of county and city government in Fillmore County gathered May 15 at the Thurber Building in Chatfield to discuss the deteriorating condition of State Highway 52 from Fountain north to I-90.

Ron Ziegler, acting as ..... 
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Spring Valley sewer project moves ahead

Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Spring Valley's 2007 Stormwater and Sanitary Sewer Project moved another step forward at the Council meeting Monday night, May 14. The Council passed a resolution to sell General Obligation Utility Revenue Bonds in the amount of $930 ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Business subsidy agreement approved

Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Government

Quietly, calmly, the business subsidy agreement between RiverBend Electronics and the city of Rushford was approved at the regular Rushford City Council meeting May 14, making RiverBend officially eligible for JOBZ benefits. After a public hearing w ..... 
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Planning Commission gives okay on two permits

Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - On Thursday, May 17, the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission met to review two Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) and review zoning ordinances 7 - 9 with the public.

Big Springs Quarry

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County board briefed on housing initiative

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Wayne Stenberg of the Bluff Country Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA) and Hall Clapp of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund Program (GMHF) briefed the Fillmore County Board on these programs at their May 8 meeting. The board agreed to g ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: The city readies for Keillor's visit

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

Julie Kiehne, Dave Harrenstein, and Peggy Hanson visited the Lanesboro City Council meeting May 7 with some special requests for the upcoming Garrison Keillor visit in June. Kiehne asked that Highway 8 be closed to all traffic from 7:30 to 10 p.m. o ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Dobie Days gets liquor license pending insurance determination

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

On Tuesday, May 8, 2007, the council welcomed Corey Scrabeck, Dobie Days organizer, to the meeting to further discuss the festival's details prior to approving a liquor license. Scrabeck opened the discussion by explaining his follow-up to previous ..... 
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