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County Board approves Harmony quarry


Fri, Dec 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Christopher Graves addressed the commissioners for the first time at their December 2 meeting. Chairman Randy Dahl welcomed County Attorney Brett Corson back from his year of service in Iraq.

The board considered a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application submitted by Bruening Rock Products for a quarry in Section 3, Harmony Township. The Fillmore County Planning Commission had recommended approval of the CUP with three conditions, after holding a well attended public meeting and having a thorough discussion of the application on November 20.

The three conditions include conducting a well survey within a one and one half mile radius of the site, raising the floor of the quarry 20 feet to 1220 feet (the low spot in the dry run), and having a geological survey or core sampling taken by a geologist. The conditions would have to be met before operation of the quarry could begin.

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud asked if the well survey would include any private wells within the city of Harmony. Geoffrey Griffin, representing Bruening, stated that they would locate all wells within a one and one half mile radius including inside the Harmony city limits and would 'camera' any uncased wells. Harmony City Administrator Jerome Illg said that Harmony had two city wells. To his knowledge, all of the city's residents were connected to the city municipal water supply.

The board unanimously approved the CUP with the three conditions attached.

Zoning Amendment

The Planning Commission at their November 20 meeting held a public hearing on a possible amendment to the Zoning Ordinance, section 604.03. It would have allowed conditional uses on properties in the Ag District located within one half mile of a municipality for purposes other than agriculture. Numerous city officials spoke against the ordinance change. The Planning Commission voted to keep the original language. The County Board voted to affirm the Planning Commission's decision. Commissioner Duane Bakke who also serves on the Planning Commission was pleased with the process to get ideas out there and reasons for or against.

Aggregate Resource

Preservation

A public hearing was held on the Aggregate Resource Preservation Property Tax Law. The state statute allows for counties to opt out or terminate application of the law. A public hearing is a requirement for that process.

County Assessor Cindy Blagsvedt expl .....
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City of Preston applies for Small Cities Rehabilitation Grant

Fri, Dec 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston EDA Director Cathy Enerson representing Southeast Minnesota Development Corporation (SEMDC) gave a presentation on the rehab grant at the city council's December 2 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman reported that the city has been invit ..... 
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Lanesboro council approves 2009 budget

Fri, Dec 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council approved the budget and levy for 2009 during their meeting on December 1. During the Public Hearing held before the regular meeting, there were no residents present with questions or concerns about the budget. T ..... 
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Rushford Council approves a slew of recommendations

Fri, Nov 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford city council heard a slew of recommendations from two of its commissions last Monday and approved all of them.

From the Planning Commission was what administrator Windy Block's newsletter referred to as one of those " ..... 
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Complaint filed over improper debris burning

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Kay Spangler attended the November 17 Preston City Council to explain her grievances about the demolition and burning of the debris from two homes. The debris was hauled to a pit area on the property of David and Rita Wilson on the west ed ..... 
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Planning Commission recommends approval of Harmony quarry

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

An over flow crowd spilled out of the commissioner's board room at the Fillmore County Planning Commission's November 20 meeting. Keith Bruening, Bruening Rock Products, Inc., Decorah, Iowa, had applied for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a rock ..... 
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Green Acre forms need to be returned

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Commissioner Duane Bakke made an announcement forewarning landowners with Green Acres at the board's November 18 meeting. Commissioner Stafford Hansen was absent.

Bakke stressed that one of the boxes must be checked on a form from ..... 
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No deer hunting in city of Rushford, yet

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

Deer.

Your garden can't live with 'em, and you can't shoot 'em out of season. Or within city limits. Yet.

Not only are deer a nuisance in the city of Rushford, but according to councilman Robert Dahl, there are statistics to show tha ..... 
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Harmony City Council trims 2009 budget

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

Another discussion was held on the 2009 budget at the Harmony City Council meeting on November 10. Using suggestions from council members at the October meeting, City Administrator Jerome Illg made some revisions to the budget that were looked at du ..... 
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