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Lanesboro considers land split


Fri, Jan 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - After the swearing in of new council member Vince Jeannette and returning council member Kevin Drake, the Lanesboro City Council turned their attention to a proposed land split in the city at the regular council meeting Tuesday, January 2. Representing Randy Reynolds, Mark Welch of GGG Inc. had requested a land split at the Dec. 18 meeting. The council had advised Welch/Reynolds to approach neighbor Jon Pieper to purchase land from him as well.

Jon Pieper appeared before the council Jan. 2 to express his concerns about the proposed split. According to Pieper, the ownership of the land in that area had been disputed for 30 years. He informed the council the new survey doesn't match a former survey at all, noting the stakes were still in place from the previous survey.

City Attorney Tom Manion reminded the council the city shouldn't attempt to become the "deal breaker;" the city usually goes by the county records. Manion continued by telling the council the city could allow the split as a discretionary measure. He urged the council, "If there is anything that makes you hesitate, I recommend you don't issue the permit (to allow the land split)." He told them they could send a letter saying they didn't approve the split at this time, but could later change their minds. Manion opined that it would be difficult to take back the permission once it was given, however.

Council member Joe O'Connor pointed out that three owners were questioning the ownership of the property. After assuring themselves they would still meet the sixty day response requirements, the council decided to table the issue and request that the property owners - Randy Reynolds, Bucky Rogers, Everett Johnson, and Jon Pieper - as well as Mark Welch attend the next council meeting to discuss the matter.

Beginning of the year

organization

Since it was the first meeting of the year, the council needed to make choices and assignments for the year. The Republican Leader was selected the official newspaper and Associated Bank was chosen the official depository, with Administrator Bobbie Torgerson, Clerk Rita Peterson and Mayor Steve Rahn approved to sign checks.

Mileage reimbursement was raised four cents to 48.5 cents a mile following the 2007 IRS suggestion. Kevin Drake was appointed acting mayor. Drake will once again serve on the Utilities Commission; Tom Dybing on the Planning and Zoning; Steve Rahn on the Park Board; Joe O'Con .....
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Commissioners Report: Newly elected officials take oath of office

Fri, Jan 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

At the first Fillmore County Board meeting of the new year on January 2, Judge Robert Benson administrated the oath of office to six newly elected or reelected officials. Duane Bakke representing the fourth district and Randy Dahl representing the s ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Community access channel improvements sought

Fri, Dec 22nd, 2006
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met December 18 for their final meeting of the year. Mark Vander Plas made a request that equipment be installed on the city's cable access channel to provide video capabilities. He said that this would allow videos of ball ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Townships seek clarification on zoning

Fri, Dec 22nd, 2006
Posted in Government

Two township board members questioned the county commissioners to help clarify the county's position on zoning applications at the December 19 County Board meeting. Lyle Greenlee of Jordan Township and Randy Ness of Sumner Township emphasized that t ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Police protection - satisfactory?

Fri, Dec 22nd, 2006
Posted in Government

Hal Cropp addressed the Lanesboro city council at their regular meeting December 18, relating the concerns of the Chamber of Commerce on their perception of police presence in the downtown area during bar closing time (between 12:20 a.m. until closi ..... 
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Zoning office wants to treat all building permits the same

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County Zoning Administrator Norman Craig discussed a letter sent to townships from his office at the December 12 County Board meeting. Commissioners were disappointed that Craig had sent the letter before discussing the issue with ..... 
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County may do contract legal work

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Attorney Brett Corson, who was recently re-elected, will now serve in a full time position. Up to now the attorney position has been part time (.8 FTE). On Tuesday, Fillmore County Board members set his salary at $79,825. The amount ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Harry Street project finished

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

After noting Blitz Construction had finished with the water main and houses were to be connected in the coming week, the Rushford City Council discussed how to encourage citizens with private wells on Harry Street to hook-up to city water at their r ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council approves loan for new restaurant

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

Harmony - On Tuesday, December 12, Miles Petree and Lisa Miller petitioned the Harmony City Council to approve a revolving loan for a future restaurant business. The loan will be for $25,000 at 4% interest over a 7 year period to help establish a ne ..... 
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