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Elementary School gets approval for storage building


Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

A Conditional Use Permit (CUP) was approved by the Chatfield City Council for a storage structure near the new elementary school, which lies within a residential area, at the council's August 24 meeting. Planning and Zoning had met in special session just prior to the council meeting. A public hearing was held on the CUP and the two needed variances required for the school district to build the building.

The Chatfield School District had requested the variances to build a 3,200 square foot storage building (2,192 square feet larger than the ordinance allows) which would stand 24 feet in height (eight feet taller than the ordinance allows). The site lies within the R-1 zoning district and is governed by the ordinances for that zoning district. Planning and Zoning approved the two variances as the school sits on a 55 acre lot and is a 100,000 square foot building which is not typical of a single family lot. P & Z completed a thorough finding of fact process. City Clerk Joel Young reviewed the findings of fact and the councilors unanimously adopted the findings.

The storage building will be a post frame facility which will be constructed with multiple tone wanes coating and will be separated from adjacent single family homes. It is expected the storage facility will not depreciate the value of existing homes. The council unanimously approved the CUP as recommended by P & Z.

Hilltop Estates,

second addition

On May 11, 2009, the Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on the preliminary plat for the Hilltop Estates, Second Addition. P & Z recommended approval of the plat with conditions. Geoffrey Griffin, chief manager of Chatfield Hilltop Estates LLC, addressed the council stating that he has done his best to complete all the conditions of the preliminary plat. He explained the problems he ran into with the storm water situation. He said he had worked out terms with Miss Donahoe, but learned she had deeded the property over to her partner, Mr. Fingerson, who was unwilling to agree to the terms without compensation or future promises. He admitted he was at a standstill with Fingerson.

Griffin said there was actually less water runoff post development than there was predevelopment. Young noted that in May it was assumed there would be more water than less, but the hydrology report says there will be less water post development. Mayor Les Knutson said their main concern was the water runoff. Young sug .....
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Emergency communication options weighed by county

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board held a special meeting on August 18 to review the pros and cons of three potential future emergency communication systems. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent US government agency responsible to cong ..... 
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Preston Council and utility review proposed contract extension

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston Utility Commission and the Preston City Council met for a second week together on August 18 to study the analysis completed by R. W. Beck, Inc. The firm was tasked by Preston and several other communities that are currently members of th ..... 
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Preston discusses parking ordinance for residential streets

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

Preston Police Chief Matt Schultz, along with City Administrator Joe Hoffman, described the concern over "on street parking" of semi trucks and trailers and recreational vehicles at the city's August 17 meeting. Hoffman said the city has received an ..... 
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Lanesboro strives for approved 2010 budget

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman informed the City Council that the skateboard park had been vandalized for the second time in two weeks. She said the panels were ripped off, cigarettes were all over the place, graffiti had been spray ..... 
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Preston considers its energy future

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met in special session with the Preston Utility Commission to hear a presentation from the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) early on August 10. Four officers of the company, including Ray Hayward, CEO, Larry ..... 
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Spring Valley's new ambulance

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

The August 10, 2009, Spring Valley City Council meeting might have been classified as one of the shorter meetings. The main item on the agenda was the purchasing of a new ambulance. City Ambulance Director Jim Cooper was present to review the option ..... 
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Harmony approves EDA loans

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

Two public hearings were held before the regular city council meeting in Harmony on August 11. The first one was for the street assessment project on 5th Avenue SE. The property owners that will be affected by the project, Fred Young and Allan Dahl, ..... 
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Ropes has dialogue with county board

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

State Senator Sharon Ropes reviewed details of the last legislative session and took notes on commissioner concerns to be explored in the next session at their August 11 meeting. Ropes continues to make an effort to visit cities, townships and count ..... 
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