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Board of Adjustment turns down variance request


Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board of Adjustment voted on Thursday, September 20, to reject an application for a variance in Harmony Township.

Roger and Rosella Peterson had asked for a 902 foot variance to build a house on property they own next to a feedlot owned by another property owner. Fillmore County Ordinance calls for dwellings to have a setback of at least 1000 feet from feedlots.

Roger Peterson told the board that he had farmed the property from 1974 to 1985 when he and his wife moved to Harmony. They had since improved the property by planting trees and making other improvements. They now wanted to build a home to retire to.

Peterson said there had been a full set of buildings on the site at one time.

"It would be better to have a building site there and getting taxes off it," Roger Peterson said.

During the public hearing, Carl Fisher, who lives near Peterson property, asked what would happen if he [Peterson] sells the property in the future and the new owner wants the feedlot taken out?

"That's why we have this ordinance in place," Fisher said, opposing the plan.

Jonas Hostetler, who owns the farm with the feedlot, said that he would welcome the Petersons as neighbors, but he had concerns how the variance would affect his farm in the future. Hostetler has 100 Holsteins in the feedlot.

Board Chair Jim Keune had the same concerns as Hostetler about the affect the home would have on the farm in the future.

"If we grant this, all people have to do is have a nice building site next to a feedlot - everyone could build anywhere they want," Keune said.

Board member Marvin Kuhn posed the problem the other way around.

"Would we give a feedlot a 902 variance to be built next to a home?

The board voted unanimously against the variance.

Planning & Zoning

Commission

The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission voted to approve a conditional use permit for Ed Bunne to operate a Sand Pit in Beaver Township.

Lanesboro City Council Report: Lanesboro 20/20

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held before the regular city council meeting in Lanesboro on September 17. The topic to be discussed was the Lanesboro 20/20 plans for the future, and Carla Noack was present to answer any questions about the document entitled " ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston hires new librarian

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met Tuesday September 18 for their regular meeting. Council member Robert Sauer was absent. Bob O'Reilly who sits on the Library Board detailed the board's unanimous recommendation for the new librarian, Elizabeth Anderson. ..... 
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County Board discusses disaster credits for homestead property

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Assessor Robert Pickett explained the current law regarding disaster credits on 2008 payable taxes for homesteaded property owners at the board's September 11 meeting. The Minnesota Statute 273.123 Reassessment of Homestead Property ..... 
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Rushford Council looks at flood money distribution

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - At a special meeting Thursday, September 13, the Rushford City Council voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with SEMCAC to be the lead grant administrator on a Small Cities Development Program application for $1.4 million, with Pe ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preliminary levy increase set at 5.32%

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman informed council members at their September 10 meeting that he had successfully trimmed the 2008 preliminary budget. At the last meeting on August 27, he was tasked with finding a way to trim the increase by $23,000 an ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Jacobson Addition assessments approved

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Many residents of the newly-completed Jacobson Addition in Harmony were present at the city council meeting September 11 to find out how the cost of the improvements would be assessed. City Administrator Jerome Illg presented the council w ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council sets preliminary 2008 levy

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council set the preliminary levy for the coming year at the September 10 meeting. It will increase 5% over this year. The final version will most likely decrease that amount to 2 to 3% after cuts in various dep ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Flood impacts on county budget

Fri, Sep 7th, 2007
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PRESTON - County Coordinator Karen Brown updated the board on the county's preliminary budget for 2008 at the September 4 meeting. She explained that the proposed budget has been whittled down by over $195,000 with savings found in several departmen ..... 
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