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Variance granted in Canton


Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese

The Canton City Council held a public meeting for a variance request immediately before their regular meeting on June 8.

At the council’s May meeting, Rob Roy Kelly and Mary Hoffman were present to ask about a building permit and a variance. Kelly had recently purchased the property at 101 North Ash Street and needed to fix the entrance. They requested a building permit to add a 6’x22’ deck and the council informed them that it would require a variance, including publishing notice in the newspaper, notifying the neighbors, and holding the public hearing.

Kelly and Hoffman were present at the meeting, but no other members of the public showed up. Mayor Donivee Johnson asked councilor Carl Ernst for his input, as he handles zoning in Canton. He said everything was in order, the measurements had been taken and the paperwork was done. He made a motion to accept the variance and grant the building permit. Councilor Charlie Warner seconded the motion and it was passed. Council members Cindy Shanks and Ross Duckett were not present at the public hearing and the regular meeting. Kelly and Hoffman expressed their gratitude and the council wished them luck on their massive undertaking to restore the house.

Other business

Jon Nordsving, lead city maintenance employee, reported that the water leak has been repaired and water is back on line in Canton. He was very satisfied with the work done by Edge Contracting. Mayor Johnson asked if he had any idea of the final cost of the project. He did not, but said he expected it to be above the estimate because there was more work than expected.

Nordsving went on to inform the council that he had undergone an inspection and had gotten the report back. He noted that he had been criticized for a couple of issues. He said that he tracks the influent and effluent flow meter numbers, but the flow meters are supposed to be calibrated every six months and it had not been done. He explained that one of the flow meters cannot be calibrated using any device because of the way it is made, so he will have to calibrate the flow meters by using five-gallon buckets to measure the water manually to show he is at least attempting to comply. He and Mayor Johnson agreed that they will revise the permit next year to resolve this issue.

Nordsving said the report also noted an issue with the June 2013 report not being filed until Februa .....
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Canton Fire Department upgrades

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council discussed potential upgrades for the Fire Department at their regular meeting on May 11. Sheriff Tom Kaase was present at the meeting to propose new radios for the fire department. He explained that local law enforcement a ..... 
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Water tower projects in Canton

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

Projects involving the water tower were up for discussion at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on April 13. Jon Nordsving, lead city maintenance employee, reported that there is still a water leak. He was able to locate the leak, how ..... 
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Canton supports Meals on Wheels

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council voted to support the local Meals on Wheels program at their regular meeting on February 10. Mayor Donivee Johnson was present via Skype and Acting Mayor Cindy Shanks led the meeting. Debbie Betthauser, Senior Services Di ..... 
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Canton approves fees and designates

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council reviewed the Slate of Designates and fees for 2016 at their regular meeting on January 13. Mayor Donivee Johnson was not present, so councilor Cindy Shanks led the meeting as Acting Mayor. The Slate of Designates was approv ..... 
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Chicken ordinance in Canton?

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

Chickens were on the agenda at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on December 9. Mayor Donivee Johnson advised the council that Canton resident Julie Pugh has chickens in her backyard. She stated that Ms. Pugh has said that she keeps ..... 
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Canton accepts new sheriff’s contract

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese The increase in cost of the new contract with the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office was discussed at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on November 11. Sheriff Tom Kaase was present at the meeting to explain to the coun ..... 
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Canton discusses stray cats

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

The issue of stray cats was brought up for discussion at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on October 14. Councilor Charlie Warner raised the issue of stray cats in town. He recently found four kittens near his home and while he provi ..... 
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Canton reviews proposed budget

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

The proposed budget for 2016 was reviewed at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on September 9. Canton’s current 2016 Projected Tax Levy shows an 8% increase, which is expected to go down as the end of the year approaches and more ..... 
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