Dundas takes on Rice County
Dundas officials have given notice to Rice County that the construction of a new public safety radio antenna violates city ordinances. During the Dundas city council meeting last week, city Administrator John McCarthy reported that Rice County has begun construction of a tower and support facilities for the 800 mhz antenna located in the antenna farm near the Bridgewater Heights Development. The property is located in the Annexation Reserve District which McCarthy says is under the jurisdiction of the city. According to a July 2011 letter from Bridgewater attorney Peter Tiede, the tower/antenna project didn’t require city review because it’s not an expansion but a replacement of an existing structure. Dundas’ attorney, Paul Callies, responded saying that the location at 115th st. east makes the city responsible, not the township. McCarthy said there’s an agreement between Bridgewater Township and the City of Dundas that Dundas handles the zoning and the township issues the permits. There are provisions for a pre-existing structure to be replaced but not expanded. McCarthy says the plan for the 800 mhz antenna provides for expansion. According to the Faribault Daily News, Rice County Attorney, Paul Beaumaster sent a letter to the city saying that they’ve obtained the appropriate governmental approval and no further action is required of Rice County. McCarthy says the city isn’t necessarily opposed to the antenna’s construction and placement, it simply wants to ensure the project meets city standards.
Planning Commission takes on Neighborhood Compatibility Standards
The Planning Commission met last night. Part of their agenda included a discussion of the new Land Development code regarding Neighborhood Compatibility Standards. The meeting is archived online at kymnradio.net
Soil testing kits available
University of Minnesota Extension in Rice County is fielding a number of questions regarding soil fertility and soil testing. The Extension office, located in Faribault, offers soil testing assistance, linking Rice County residents to the University of Minnesota Soil Testing Laboratory, which provides routine soil testing and fertilizer recommendations for homeowners, farmers, florists, nursery workers and a number of other groups. Soil testing kits, which include sample bags, collection recommendations and a soil sample information sheet are available at the Rice County Extension office. For more information contact the Rice County Extension at 507-332-6109. More information regarding soil testing through the University of Minnesota can be found at http://soiltest.cfans.umn.edu or by visiting the Rice County Extension office.
Goods for Good!
The fifth annual 5th Bridge “Goods for Good” rummage sale event is today and tomorrow. More than a dozen sales will take place around Northfield one or both days to raise money for community organizations. The event is organized by Northfield-based 5th Bridge, a community group that promotes volunteerism and philanthropy in the city. This year’s goal is to raise $20,000 for charitable causes in and around the city. To be part of Goods for Goods—also called “The Great Northfield Rummage Raid of Charity”—participating groups pledge to commit at least 50 percent of the proceeds from their sales a to cause of their choice, which very well could be their own nonprofit or community organization. Check out 5thbridge.org for times and locations.
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