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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 a restaurant and bar on property owned by Terry Fetterly in Section 34 of Spring Valley Township.

The restaurant/bar will be located in an old creamery building on the east side of Spring Valley. Zoning Administrator Norman Craig noted that the Planning Commission has recommended approval. Funk whose house is across Hwy 16 from the old creamery is concerned about hours of operation, traffic and the possibility of increased accidents, snow plowing, septic requirements, dust control on a gravel parking lot, light pollution, cooking odors, and garbage containment.

Craig said that the area is zoned commercial and that the township had given Fetterly a five foot variance so that the building will be very close to the road right of way. Commissioner Duane Bakke assured Funk that the septic would need to be operated according to MPCA rules. Craig stated that the owner intends to keep the business low key and that rodent proof dumpsters will be used. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud explained that he understood the couple's concerns, but that they lived in an area along the highway that is zoned commercial. Amunrud suggested to Funk that it would have been more appropriate for these kinds of concerns to be addressed at the hearing held by Planning and Zoning where Fetterly would have been present to answer his questions.

Two CUP's for temporary meteorological towers for EnXco were also approved. Craig noted that there was no public comment and that the Planning Commission had recommended approval. The towers will be erected for a period of three to five years on Robert and Carol Miller's property in Bristol Township and on Richard Berg's property in Harmony Township. The towers will be about 4 miles apart.

A CUP was approved for a 40 acre expansion of Big Springs Quarry for Curt Roverud and J & C Farms in Harmony Township. Bakke added that expansion plans comply with the ordinances.

Bakke noted that a moratorium on the development of new campgrounds will expire February of 2008. The intent is to have a hearing at the Planning Commission on January 17 on ordinance changes that include campgrounds. Commissioner Randy Dahl insisted that the language of "currently licensed" be added for r .....
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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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Lanesboro Council to review street sweeper quotes

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The City of Lanesboro looked at the possibility of purchasing a new street sweeper at the regular meeting on November 19. City employee Andy Drake presented the council with quotes from Mac Queen Equipment in St. Paul for two different s ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Caboose for Preston

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Richard Petsch, Preston Historical Society, informed the city council of the historical society's purchase of a Milwaukee Road Railroad caboose at their regular November 19 meeting. Petsch said that a down payment has been made to purchase ..... 
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Wind company gets go ahead for testing towers in Harmony and Bristol Twps.

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission approved four conditional use permits at its November 15 meeting, including two permits for wind testing towers.

A California company that develops, operates and manages wind energy ..... 
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Harmony Council looks at proposed budget cuts

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Deciding where to make cuts in the budget was an item of much discussion for the members of the Harmony City Council during their regular meeting on Nov. 13. City Administrator Jerome Illg, with direction from the council, had come up with ..... 
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Corps report says flood exceeded 500-year mark

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - If the Rushford City Council really needed official proof that the flood of '07 was a bad one, they got it at their meeting last Monday, November 12, in the form of a draft of a report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Commissioners discuss publishing public notices

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At the Nov. 13 county board meeting, County Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter asked the board to advertise for newspaper bids for the official newspaper for 2008. This procedure is followed each fall to designate a newspaper as the official ..... 
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Spring Valley moves forward on street project

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - At the regular Nov. 13 meeting, the Spring Valley City Council gave the go ahead to Yaggy Colby Associates for the final design and construction services for the 2008 CIP project which includes storm water and sanitary for Hudson Ave ..... 
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