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Canton denies request to vacate alley


Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

The request to vacate the alley between 301 & 303 East Fillmore Avenue in Canton was denied at the Canton City Council meeting on July 9.

The request was made by Canton residents Holly and Jamie Knutson at the city council meeting in May and a public hearing for discussion was held on June 11. The alley is located between the Knutson and Newman properties and is not in use.

Mayo Donivee Johnson read the findings of the city council before putting Resolution No. 72014 granting vacation of the alley to a roll call vote. The findings of the council were as follows:

1. In reviewing the areas within the City Limits that have the potential to become desirable building lots for housing, the property now occupied by the school building and property extending to the east are viable lands for new construction.

2. The Council has determined that vacating any portion of platted alleys or platted streets in this section of the city limits would not be in the interest of the public. It is the duty of the City Council to make these determinations with a vision towards the future and to protect those areas granted to the City in the original plat for the purpose of providing future services and utilities to specific areas within the city limits.

3. Due to the fact that once an alley or street has been vacated it is nearly impossible to get it back, Minnesota statutes establish that the City Council may vacate a street or alley only upon a finding that the vacation is “in the interest of the public.” The public includes persons other than those in the immediate vicinity of the vacation. Mere long-term, non-use of a street or alley ground does not necessarily equate with a finding that the vacation is in the interest of the public.

There were no findings by the council that vacation of the stated alley will benefit the public. Councilmembers Hank Seldon, Ross Duckett, Cindy Shanks and Mayor Johnson voted against the resolution, thereby declining to vacate the alley. Councilor Carl Ernst was not present.

Other Business

Mayor Johnson provided an update on the progress of the new government building. The sheetrock has been hung and the roof will be insulated soon. Paint and flooring samples will be obtained for the council to review and a new back door step will be built. It is still hard to say when it will be complete, but it already looks great from the outsid .....
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Lanesboro looks at arts campus project

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Courtney Bergey attended the Lanesboro City Council meeting on July 7 to speak to the council about the Arts Campus Project. Bergey works for the Lanesboro Arts Council, and they have been working on a plan that will create better signage around ..... 
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Judge's administrative order discussed

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Government

By Karen Reisner Fillmore County Attorney Brett Corson presented information at the county board’s July 1 meeting concerning Third Judicial District’s Chief Judge Jeffrey Thompson’s administrative order (October, 2013). The order requires a v ..... 
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Government the Week of July 7, 2014

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Government

•Monday, July 7, Lanesboro City Council Meeting, 5:30pm, City Hall. •Monday, July 7, Preston City Council Meeting, 6pm, Council Chambers. •Tuesday, July 8, Fillmore County Commissioners Meeting, 9am, Fillmore County Courthouse. •Tuesday, ..... 
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Ag land continues steep value increase

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Fillmore County Assessor Cynthia Blagsvedt reviewed the numbers on property values at the June 24 meeting of the Board of Appeal and Equalization. Because there are only four commissioners at this time, County Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter was sw ..... 
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County to continue participation in Minnesota performance measurement program

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Government

At the county board’s June 24 meeting the board approved a resolution to continue participation in the Minnesota Office of State Auditor Performance Measurement Program. The county has participated since 2010 when it adopted and implemented 10 per ..... 
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Loan funds approved for Spring Valley’s Chateau de Chic

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on June 23 and approved an application for revolving loan funds for working capital for the Chateau de Chic in the amount of $25,000. The application stated that the business needs gap financing to pave the way for ..... 
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Rushford grabs opportunity during project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

With the Highway 43 Project slated to begin Monday, June 30, the Rushford Electric Commission is considering expanding lighting upgrades along the highway corridor. The lighting will be temporarily removed for the project, so the commission will sei ..... 
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Chatfield awards 2014 public works improvement contract to Zenke, Inc.

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

After considerable discussion the Chatfield City Council made the contract award to Zenke, Inc., LaCrescent, at their June 23 meeting. Dillon Dombrovski, WSB, had recommended awarding the contract to Zenke at the city council’s June 9 meeting. ..... 
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