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Aggen variance approved


Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held on December 10 by the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment, after which they unanimously approved a variance for Lynn and Barb Aggen of Harmony. A variance was requested to build closer than the 1,000 foot setback from the surveyed boundary of a quarry required by the Fillmore County Zoning Ordinance 604.05.

Mr. Aggen explained the property located about five miles northwest of Harmony in Bristol township consists of 135 acres. The property had been purchased by his son Mark in 1995 without a building site on the property. Eleven years ago a building permit was issued for a one room cabin. In 2001, both a well and sanitary sewer system were added to the site. Six and one half years ago their son Mark passed away.

The couple's younger son, Michael, wants to return to the area and open a meat processing plant in Harmony. He is getting married next Thursday and the young couple would like to move a three bedroom house to the location with the well and septic.

The area with the cabin may be 1,000 feet from the actual work area of the quarry but not from the surveyed boundary as the ordinance calls for. Aggen said it is about 800 feet from the boundary.

Chairman Gary Ruskell said they could see two possible locations for the house which would each require about a 300 foot variance. Bristol township supervisor Brad Thorson said the township board had no objection to the variance. Kevin Johnson who is also on the township board spoke as a citizen and said he had no objection and urged the board to grant the variance, adding it would be great to get young people in the area.

Board member Jim Keune applauded the couple for encouraging their son to come back and start a much needed business in Harmony.

Ruskell noted there was a valley between two ridges and the building site would not be on the same ridge as the quarry. Aggen said the quarry is working its way to the east and south and couldn't come closer to the proposed building site.

Zoning Administrator Chris Graves said the land is not cropped, but it would be good to keep the house out of the cropland rated area. Jim Keune moved to have the variance approved with the condition that the owners of the quarry would be held harmless or not be subject to any liability for a house within the 1,000 foot setback. Aggen didn't think that condition would be a problem. The variance was approved.

Clarification of public communication options

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners are continuing to gather information in order to make the best choice to comply with the 2013 narrowband mandate. Steve Borchardt, statewide radio board southern regional interoperability coordinator, along with Fil ..... 
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Wastewater plant in Fountain soon to begin operation

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The final details were worked out at the December 3 Fountain City Council meeting in preparation to get the wastewater treatment plant up and running. McGhie and Betts engineer Dave Morrill says the plant is tentatively scheduled to be put into oper ..... 
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City of Rushford Village council meeting

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Dale Schwanke, Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, and Elizabeth Atkinson. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney Thomas Manion, and Clerk Joy ..... 
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2010 budget and levy hearing

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
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The county board held a public hearing on the Fillmore County 2010 proposed budget and levy as required by state statute on December 1. County Coordinator Karen Brown noted the Minnesota legislature's requirement for a Truth in Taxation Hearing as a ..... 
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CUPs approved for EcoHarmony west wind and Scheevel feedlot

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

Another hurdle was crossed with the recommended approval of two Conditional Use Permits (CUP) for EcoHarmony West Wind, LLC, at the November 19 meeting of the Fillmore County Planning Commission.

Project Manager Don Miller, who has an office ..... 
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Spring Valley renews Mutual Aid Agreement

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday night was pretty low keyed and dealt mainly with housekeeping issues.

A Mutual Aid Agreement was renewed between the city and Gold Cross Ambulance. The agreement includes Gold Cross Ambulance ..... 
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Chatfield offers services of wastewater operator to Fountain

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
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The Chatfield City Council adopted a resolution offering operator services at the Fountain Wastewater Treatment Plant at their November 23 meeting. City Clerk Joel Young said they have been working with the city of Fountain for several months to det ..... 
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State officials provide details on veteran cemetery proposal

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
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Deputy Commissioner Minnesota Veteran Affairs Michael Pugliese and David Swantek, Minnesota Veteran Affairs, Little Falls Cemetery, presented information and answered questions at the November 24 board meeting. State Senator Sharon Erickson- ..... 
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