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Rushford approves new school variances, permit


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

Representatives for Rushford-Peterson School District met with the Rushford City Council to discuss a request for conditional use permits and variances related to the new school. Pictured clockwise, beginning at bottom left, are R-P Superintendent Chuck Ehler, ATS&R architect Ron Spoden, R-P Board Chairman John Linder, ATS&R Consultant Dean Beeninga, City Clerk Kathy Zacher, and Councilors Robert Dahl and Vern Bunke. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

The Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Rushford reviewed approved the request by R-P School District for conditional use permit and variances. The issue was further discussed Monday, June 8 at the Rushford City Council meeting.

In an application to the city, dated May 21, R-P Schools requested a conditional use permit (CUP) for agriculturally zoned property west of Eiken Drive and R-2 zoned property east of Eiken Drive for the purpose of constructing the new school, parking, and future ball fields. Additionally, two variances were requested. The variance descriptions include tree removal, grade alteration, and construction of retaining walls within the Bluff Overlay District and for a narrow-access roadway to the area along the western boundary of the school site, including shared use of the private Grimsrud drive.

The city council noted no concerns regarding the CUP, but there were concerns regarding the variances. According to a letter from the school to the Zoning Board, dated May 20, the northwestern and northeastern border of the property currently has an existing slope of less than 25 percent. The request maintains it is necessary for “functionality of a typical school’s receivables and refuse area,” the “circulation of larger delivery vehicles, and to allow fire and emergency vehicles. The school had been advised by the city to bring forth as few variance requests as possible, but according to the request, this variance was led by an “imposed 66-foot easement on the south edge of the site and a necessity to create open play space for the school.”

Adjacent land owner’s Glen and Denise Palecek were present at the meeting to discuss concerns. A letter from Palecek, who is in favor of a new school, notes that the current site plan contains items which he and his legal counsel believe are an infringement of his easement rights. “The site plan shows a drop-off land and a very large wall on the roadway property. Legal documents clearly state that I have the right to build a road on the roadway property and that it is to be kept clear of all obstructions at all times. Surely the land and wall interfere with and endanger this. A wall is certainly a structure and a legal document specifically denies the building of structures on the roadway property,” wrote Palecek.

Architect Ron Spoden, from ATS&R, representing the school, clarified to the council that the wall, 13 feet tall in .....
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By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

Rushford approves new school variances, permit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Rushford reviewed approved the request by R-P School District for conditional use permit and variances. The issue was further discussed Monday, June 8 at the Rushford City Council meeting. In an applicat ..... 
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Rushford approves new school variances, permit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Rushford reviewed approved the request by R-P School District for conditional use permit and variances. The issue was further discussed Monday, June 8 at the Rushford City Council meeting. In an applicat ..... 
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Local artist chosen for mural at Harmony Public Library

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government

The Harmony City Council met on June 9, 2015 at 7 p.m. Council member Debbie Swenson was acting mayor in Mayor Steve Donney’s absence. The consent agenda was approved, which included the minutes of the previous meeting and the claims and bill ..... 
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County supports proposed trail projects

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government

Vicky Tribon, chair of Harmony Trails Commission, and Vern Bunke, Bluff Tracks, asked commissioners for their support to further each of their specific projects for recreational trails at the board’s June 9 meeting. Tribon and Bunke pitched thei ..... 
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Ronald McDonald House benefit ride plans stop in Mabel

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on June 10, 2015 at 7 p.m. Mayor Jim Westby and council member Liz Folstad were not present at the meeting. Terry Torkelson was acting mayor. Kurt Marx from Davy Engineering updated the council. The street project i ..... 
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New water meters for Canton

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

New water meters were on the agenda at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on June 10. The council has previously discussed the need for new meters as the type currently in use are no longer being made and cannot be repaired since parts ..... 
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Government this week - 6.15.15

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All Government

•Monday, June 15, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Biology Room, 5:30 p.m. •Monday, June 15, Kingsland School Board, District Conference Room, 6:30 p.m. •Monday, June 15, Chatfield School Board, High School Media Center, 7 p.m. ..... 
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