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County Board hires zoning attorney on retainer


Fri, Jun 29th, 2007
Posted in Government

Norman Craig asked the county board at their June 26 meeting to approve the hiring of Scott Anderson, a land use attorney, on an hourly basis to answer zoning questions. Anderson is hired or put on retainer by other counties as a consultant on a continuous basis. Anderson would charge $150 per hour or $6,000 annually. Bakke called him a "guru" on county zoning issues. Bakke suggested that he could be used to confirm the Fillmore County Attorney's opinion if there was a disagreement between him and Craig or the commissioners on an opinion. Bakke added that Anderson has answered a couple of questions about zoning and both times concurred with Corson's opinion.

Prestby said that he wouldn't consider hiring Anderson if Brett Corson wasn't leaving for active military duty for about a year. Hiring Anderson at an hourly rate was approved. The use will be limited to times when questions arise that cause the county attorney and/or zoning administrator and/or commissioners to disagree. Corson said that there has to be a process, utilizing the county staff first. The use will be monitored for cost and reported back to the board.

In other zoning matters, Janet Welch of Spring Valley Township asked the County Board at their June 26 meeting to consider the more restrictive zoning rules of the township. Welch was speaking during the monthly Citizen's Input.

Chairman Marc Prestby responded to Welch calling this "spot zoning." Commissioner Randy Dahl stated that Zoning Administrator Norman Craig is to attach a letter to permits in townships that may have more restrictive ordinances than the county. Craig noted that the county don't accept applications unless there is a signed permit from the township or unless we know the proposed project is within the township ordinances.

Commissioner Duane Bakke, a member of the subcommittee working on county ordinance revisions, expects that there could be a public hearing in August. Dahl added that township concerns will be part of the planning process.

Spring Valley Township Supervisor Jon Nolte insisted that he wants the permitting to be back with the county where it belongs. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud added that the township is asking for a more restrictive ordinance than the county, and wanting the county to enforce it. Bakke suggested that they wait and see how the county designs its ordinance. At that point, each township can decide whether to follow the county ordinance or have their own .....
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Walking trail proposed

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
Posted in Government

Jeff Redalen and Julia Borgen, representing the Bluffside Trail group, approached the Lanesboro City Council with plans for a hiking and walking trail for the north side of the river in Lanesboro at the council meeting June 18. The trail would run f ..... 
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Preston council scales back sidewalk improvements

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council worked through its agenda with barely a quorum at its June 18 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks and David Harrison were absent. Bill Cox, Public Works, told the council that a third quote had been received for the 2007 sidewalk imp ..... 
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Rushford takes positive approach with police issue

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council isn't sure exactly what to do in the stand-off over police protection with the City of Rushford Village, but the members agree that they wish to remain proactive and positive.

Mayor Les Ladewig advised ag ..... 
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Commissioners Report: New campus for Zumbro Valley Mental Health

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

Patricia Carlson, Executive Director of Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center (ZVMHC), updated the Fillmore County Board at their June 12 meeting on the progress toward consolidating its programs onto one campus. The new campus is located at 343 Wood L ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council hears request for fire protection from York Township

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

Harmony - On Tuesday, June 12 the Harmony City Council opened with Harmony Fire Chief, Bill Hanlon reporting that York Township had approached the city fire department with a request to cover their area. Currently York Township receives fire protect ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council will request bids for solid waste contract

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

At the June 11 council meeting, the Spring Valley City Council decided to update the Solid Waste Contract by putting it out on a "Request For Proposal" this fall. This will permit the City to advertise for other companies besides Waste Management to ..... 
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County Board passes resolution on Hwy 52

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The county board passed a resolution in support of immediate reconstruction of the deteriorating Highway 52 Corridor from the I-90 Interchange to Fountain at their June 5 meeting. The resolution requests that MnDot move forward to "analyze ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Differences resolved

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

Well, at least three out of four differences were successfully resolved when the Lanesboro City Council met June 4. The council spent the majority of its time dealing with the three issues presented them at their May 21 meeting. Mark Brewster's requ ..... 
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