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Planning Commission recommends CUP approval


Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a 34 kW wind turbine and tower at their December 16 meeting.

David Eid, Renewable Energy SD, explained the Enertech 44 A wind turbine would operate on a 160 foot lattice self-supporting tower. The applicants, Warren and Kristine Netherton, Forestville Township, Section 4, will use the generated power for their farm and sell any surplus power back on the grid. Their farm is 3 miles south of Wykoff.

There were no comments from the township board or the public.

Duane Bakke asked how far it would be built from the couple's buildings. Eid thought it would be about 35 feet. There is no setback requirement from the owner's own residence. Eid said he generally recommends that the owners place the tower 1.1 times the height of the tower back from their residence, but it is not required.

It was noted that the FFA doesn't require a light on a tower that is less than 200 feet tall.

The county board will consider the CUP at their December 28 meeting.

Board of Adjustment

Zoning Administrator Chris Graves explained that the scheduled consideration of a variance application by LeRoy and Wendy Johnson, Beaver Township, was withdrawn as they weren't able to work out a lease with a neighboring property owner in time for the meeting.

Graves noted that the city of Wykoff has adopted their own zoning ordinance which will go into effect on January 1, 2011. He said the city of Ostrander is in the process of forming a planning commission to get their ordinance in place. Graves is working with the city in their effort.

Canton City Council 2011 tax levy approved

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met on Wednesday, December 1, 2010. Mayor Donivee Johnson called the meeting to order. Council members present were Cindy Shanks, Hank Selden, Ross Duckett and Carl Ernst. Also present were Lolly Meland ..... 
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Commissioner Bakke to lead AMC

Sat, Dec 11th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) annual meeting held in St. Cloud December 6 through 8, Fillmore County District 4 commissioner Duane Bakke was elected as president of the organization which represents all 87 counties in Minnesota. Onl ..... 
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Preston approves final assessment roll for 2010 improvements

Sat, Dec 11th, 2010
Posted in Government

After a belated discussion with property owner Greg Johnson, the Preston City Council adopted the assessment roll for the 2010 street improvements at the council's December 7 meeting.

The discussion was belated because the final assessment ..... 
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City of Rushford Village discusses roads

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The November 9, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning A ..... 
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Fillmore Central's audit receives clean bill of health

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

Steve Salveson of Smith Schafer was at the Fillmore Central School Board meeting to go over the recent audit with the board members.

Salveson went over the Average Daily Membership, which has decreased 23 percent since 2003. He then looked ..... 
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Repairs plans for bridges listed for closure

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

County Engineer John Grindeland updated the board at their November 23 meeting on options to repair or replace the seven bridges that have been listed as "critical bridges" by the special State Aid consultants. Grindeland has not yet received a full ..... 
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Chatfield Trails, Inc. to take over maintenance of ATV trail

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

A resolution to approve an agreement between the city and Chatfield Trails, Inc. was adopted at the November 22 city council meeting. The city serves as the local government sponsor. The trail has been maintained by the Bluff Country ATV Club. Counc ..... 
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Whalan's Block Well project tabled

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

The November meeting of the regular Whalan City Council met with the following present: Larry Johnson, Margaret Chiglo, Everett Johnson, Johnny Halverson, David Rahn and Lolly Melander. Mayor Johnson called the meeting to order and Lolly Melander re ..... 
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