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Planning Commission reviews ordinances


Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Government

Preston - On November 16 the Fillmore County Planning Commission met to review the county's Ag District ordinances and develop a plan to review and update the other county ordinances. Norman Craig, Zoning Administrator, reported that the current county ordinances had not been reviewed since their implementation - almost 20 years ago. Two years ago an attorney was hired to review the county's ordinances and provide recommendations for edits and language changes. These changes were delivered to Craig's office in a 40+ page document. Last Spring the Planning Commission began to review the ordinances, along with the attorney's recommendations to decide which changes to implement, Craig recommends resuming this work.

Chairman Mike Tuohy recommended that in the interest of time the commission form a subgroup to review these ordinance issues, develop a list of recommendations then report these back to the commission for a formal vote. These recommendations would then be sent to the county commissioners for their evaluation and final vote. He explained that by going through such a large amount of ordinance changes during commission meetings could take almost the entire year while a committee could get this done in 2-3 day-long meetings. The commission agreed to this recommendation, many volunteered to sit on the subgroup and they set up meeting dates for January 16 and January 30 of 2007. If all goes well the commission could vote on the subcommittee recommendations during their February 2007 meeting.

Because 90% of Fillmore County's land falls within the guidelines of the county's Ag Districts the entire commission reviewed these ordinances. All edits concerned removal of ordinance language that didn't seem pertinent to the county or was outdated. For example, current ordinance language states that county access drives shall be no more than 24' in width for an agricultural lot. Because of the increase in equipment size this width is not workable for farmers with large pieces of machinery - the county deleted this ordinance and now states that the access drive must be in compliance with county engineer recommendations.

Concluding this discussion the commission changed topics and reviewed ordinances for sewer inspections in the event of sale or transfer of property. The commission discussed how the ordinance should be enforced - either through a permit process or requiring the documentation to go through the property's loan process. Craig r .....
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Harmony City Council Report: Council discusses utility rate increases

Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council reviewed utility rate increases at their November 14 meeting. The city's utility committee recommended increasing the water, sewer and garbage fund to keep up with costs and debt. These increases will be around 8% for an ave ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Focus on CGMC Fall conference

Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Government

City Administrator Windy Block and Mayor Les Ladewig enthusiastically reported on their recent experiences at the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Fall conference during the regular Rushford City Council meeting November 13. Block shared the pri ..... 
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Preston council discusses pond beautification plans

Fri, Nov 10th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Preston City Council members listened to presentations from members of the Trout/Fountain Committees at their November 6 meeting.

The projects grew out of the Town Meeting Initiative, sponsored by the Southern Minnesota Initiative ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Sales barn noise complaint

Fri, Nov 10th, 2006
Posted in Government

According to Jeff Johnson, he can't get rest at his own house because of the noise emitting from the nearby sales barn. Johnson told the Lanesboro City Council at their November 8th regular meeting that he's tried covering his windows with Styrofoam ..... 
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County Board approves social services contracts for 2007

Fri, Nov 10th, 2006
Posted in Government

It took the Fillmore County Board 55 minutes to go through a relatively short list of agenda items during their November 7, 2006 meeting. The main point of business was the approval of 2007 Social Services contracts as presented by Director Tom Boyd ..... 
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County approves tax forfeiture list

Fri, Oct 27th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - A revised list of parcels to be offered for sale at auction was approved at the October 24 county board meeting. Rushford City Parcel #06.0612.000 was removed from the list. Shirl Boelter from the auditor/treasurer's office explained that ..... 
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TRW plant closing almost a reality

Fri, Oct 27th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Rushford City Council turned their attention to the looming TRW closing at their regular October 23 council meeting. The official WARN notice was received a week earlier from TRW. In the legally required letter, TRW notified the city that layoff ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Passable Ox Trail Impasse

Fri, Oct 20th, 2006
Posted in Government

Mayor Steve Rahn reported on his recent hour-long meeting with the Carrolton Township Board at the Lanesboro City Council meeting October 16, telling the council the board was not interested in widening OxTrail unless it met state standards or at le ..... 
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