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Spring Valley Council denies farm animal request


Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley city council met in regular session on Monday, January 11. Members in attendance were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and city administrator Deb Zimmer. Bill Bires was absent.

Regarding the previously discussed garbage hauler discussion, Deb Zimmer said, “Just for clarification,… there was a letter sent out from Sunshine Sanitation. The letter stated it had bag service, it had carts and prices, and then it said for recycling there was a charge of $10.69. Originally, people thought if they had the bag service they had to pay the $10.69.”

The council passed a number of annual resolutions, including naming Spring Valley Tribune as the official newspaper, Home Federal as the official depository, setting authorized signers for corporate banking, setting city fees for 2016, establishing reimbursement for city personnel (mileage and meals), and designating official appointments. All of the annual resolutions were unanimously accepted as submitted. Next, the council approved two resolutions regarding ambulance write-offs. The council then discussed another annual decision, the Liability Coverage-Waiver Form. After discussion, the council voted to not waive the torte limit. It was explained that this simply sets a limit for the city’s liability if litigated against.

The council then considered the $10,000 offer from Travis Smith for the Griswold/Center lot. He plans to put a home on the property, and it was stated that it would be “pole shed construction”. Todd Jones voiced, “I guess the concern is that it looks like a house more than a shed”. Smith shared a picture of what the proposed home would look like, and stated, “It’s going to look like a house”. He also stated that he expects to start construction in February, weather permitting. The council voted unanimously to accept his offer for the lot.

The council next considered the Phil Holland Farm Animal request. Zimmer said that Holland has formally requested “eight animal units” and said right now he’s approved for up to eight horses. She explained that the property is zoned residential, but that when annexation happened, the previous owner was “grandfathered in” and allowed up to eight horses based on the eleven acres of property. She stated that nobody has called the city in favor of Holland’s request, but two opposition calls have been taken. Todd Jones explained his .....
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Ostrander handles ordinance violations

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Government

The Ostrander city council met on January 5 for a regular meeting. Members present were Erin Brugh, Pam Kunert, Clerk Chris Hyrkas, Heidi Jones, and DJ Start. Mayor Pat Nesler was absent. No visitors had signed up to address the council, so follo ..... 
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Rushford Village preps for new year

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The brief Tuesday, January 5 Rushford Village Council meeting highlighted assignments, designations, and other annual housekeeping for the city. Councilor Dennis Overland was once again nominated and approved as mayor pro tem, acting in place of M ..... 
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Preston’s resolution to request state bonding reignites an old dispute

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council met for the first time in 2016 on January 4. In this new year, an old controversy has resurfaced. On July 8, 2013, District Court Judge Jeffrey D.Thompson ruled that the proposed Preston to Forestville State Trail was neve ..... 
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Lanesboro Council approves first annual Burrr-O-Fest

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro City Council met on January 4 at 5:30 p.m. for their regular meeting. Council member Tom Dybing was absent. Resolutions were passed designating an official depository and newspaper for the city, as well as the fire department offi ..... 
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Rushford Council approves 2016 levy and land sale

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

At the last meeting of 2015, a snowy January 28, the Rushford Council approved setting the final budget and property tax levy, taxes payable year 2016, at $790,000. After months of discussion on options for expense reductions and long-term strategic ..... 
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County begins new year with annual housekeeping duties

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in All Government

Fillmore County commissioners met for the first time in 2016 on January 5. The annual meeting began with county coordinator Bobbie Vickerman calling the meeting to order, followed by elections for chair and vice-chair. Marc Prestby was elected chair ..... 
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New law: insurance information required to register motor vehicles New law takes effect Jan. 1, aims to reduce the number of people driving without insurance

Mon, Jan 4th, 2016
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL — Minnesotans who are registering, renewing license tabs or transferring ownership of motor vehicles and motorcycles will need to provide insurance information under a law change that takes effect on Jan. 1. The Minnesota Legislature ch ..... 
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Preston to request state bonding to complete Preston-Carimona Trail

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman explained at the city council’s December 21 meeting that he has been asked monthly about efforts to complete the state trail to Carimona. The first two bridges and the trail between them just outside of the city have ..... 
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