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Canton denies request to vacate alley


Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
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.

Mayor 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 grea .....
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Peterson dives in with new council, projects, plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The new Peterson Council, including Mayor Tim Hallum, dove into a heavy agenda at their first meeting of the year, January 14. Following the official swearing in of Hallum and councilors Gail Boyum and Dave Colbenson who were reelected, the council ..... 
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Volunteer fire, ambulance to receive stipend

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Government

In 2015, 2016 and 2017, volunteer firefighters and ambulance in Fillmore County and surrounding counties will receive an annual stipend of $500 per individual serving on their respective department. This bill, titled the Volunteer Retention Stipen ..... 
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Preston discusses possible meeting schedule changes

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

The regular meeting time for the Preston City Council was discussed at the January 5 meeting. Re-elected Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilmen Charles Sparks and Robert Maust recited the oath of office as they began their new terms. Reicks said they ..... 
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Minnesota House of Representatives session opens January 6, 2015

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL, MN ‑‑ January 6, 2015 marked the beginning of the 89th session of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Greg Davids (R-Preston) took the oath of office to continue his service as state representative for District 28B, which consists ..... 
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Rushford Village sets annual designations; goals

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The first Rushford Village meeting lasted just 24 minutes before the council moved to closed session. Absent were Mayor Gordon Johnson and councilor Chad Rasmussen. 2015 kicked off with the standard annual housekeeping: determining committees, boa ..... 
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County officials take oath of office

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Government

County coordinator Bobbie Vickerman called the annual county board meeting to order on January 6. District Judge Matt Opat administered the oath of office to county officials who were elected this past November. Commissioners Duane Bakke and Randy D ..... 
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Chatfield hires deputy clerk

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At a special meeting of the Chatfield city council held on December 29, Nancy Timm was hired as the new deputy city clerk effective January 12, 2015. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. Former deputy clerk Mary Peterson resigned to take a position ..... 
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Groth appointed to American Farm Bureau Federation Promotion & Education committee

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Melinda Groth of Fillmore County was recently appointed to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Promotion & Education (P&E) committee. Groth will serve a one-year term and will be involved in planning P&E activities/programs, communicating wit ..... 
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