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Letters to the editor !i MAKING THE PLAY AT FIRST is summer rec participant Abby Knutson, 11, one of many area youth in the program this year. She is the daughter of Aaron and Michelle Knutson of Ortonville. CHILDREN FROM TRINITY AND ST. PETER'S SUNDAY SCHOOLS sang "God Loves Me Dearly" during the program for Rev. Robert Friedrich Sunday. Summer Rec game schedule Baseball/Softball Game Schedule (July I st- July 6th) **All games at Northside Fields unless otherwise noted. Monday, July 1 Junior-Junior Soflball vs ,gisseton- D..I:O0 (away). Squirts vs. Milbank, 6:15 (home). Peewees vs. Milbank, 7:15 (home). *Trojan Fast Pitch Diamond Little League vs. Miibank-Zahrbock's team, 7:15 (home). Little League vs. Sisseton- DH - Mastel's team, l:00 (away). Midget's vs. Appleton, 5:30 (away). Tuesday, July 2 Squirts vs. Milbank, 6:30 (away). Midget's vs. Madison, 6:30 (away). Saturday, July 6 Little League Tournament at Strandburg, 11:15 first game - Mastel's team. MANY POPULAR NUMBERS High Tech Cast Iron & Aluminum Overhead Cams saturday, Aug. 3 is three lady scramble An 18 hole three lady scramble will be held at the Ortonville Golf Course on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002. The game will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Coffee and rolls will be served from 8-9 a.m. Dinner will be served following play. Cash, special and raf- fle prizes will be awarded. Advance registration must be in by July 30, 2002. Please send registra- tion fee, GHIN # (copy of hdcp. card) as a team, as well as name and phone number of one team member. Cost is $30 per non-member and $25 per member. Only one player per team with USGA handicap of 20.0 or less is allowed and the maximum handicap per player will be capped at 45.0. Total team handicap will be adjusted by the committee. Send or call in registrations to Ev Johnson, 41115 U.S. Hwy. 75, Ortonville MN, 56278 or call 320- 839-2.181 or Paul Robson at 839- 3606. Golf carts are available for rent through the clubhouse. Pederson on Concordia HC committee for 02 LeAnn Pederson, a sophomore at Concordia College, Moorhead, has been named to the college's 2002 Homecoming Committee. Pederson, a business major, is the daughter of Alan and Phyllis Pederson of Ortonville. Homecoming festivities begin Oct. 8 and continue through Oct. 13. This year's theme is- "Crossing Generations, Building on Tradition." Some of the activities during the week include coronation of the king and queen, a freshman talent show, a bonfire and fireworks display, student/alumni dance, parade, football game and Sunday worship service. CYLINDER HEADS Try a Marshall Roman Cylinder Head Sturdevant Auto Parts Inc. Ill II Turn your Home Equity into s20,O00 CASH... FAST! PAY ONLY s50,O00 PAY ONLY s75,000 v' Closings arranged in 24 h! Lower Your Monthly Payments V' No Income Check Loans Refinance as low as 6% V' Pay Off Your Debts Home Improvement Loans PAY ONLY I/Home Prchase J CJU.L FOR JMiY 0111E Illl TUBBS SOFT WATER e (All Makes) Drinking Water Systems iron Removal Systems Salt Delivery Agpleto00, MN !lllilltiIll!!llllllllllllllilllili 00te-Zt0000J Page 14 To the Editor: Up till now my husband and I have kept this out of the paper but since it was on the front page last week I thought the citizens of this community rved to hear the facts. We have been trying to start a business in this community since the end of Sept. 2001. First of all, after having been on the Planning and Zoning Board myself, you should know that the Board only makes recommendations to the City Council. The City Council has the final say. We purchased our property as commercial, have paid commercial taxes and city bills from the start and are currently, and that we have been making payments to the EDA every month on a loan that was given to the previous owners because we were told the loan was made on the property . We signed no papers for this loan but the EDA said that since it was on the property that whoever was in possession of it was responsible for it. They sent us a letter that they hold a second mortgage on it. Note Dave Dinnel, Mayor and EDA President signed the letter After putting money down on the property we contacted the City Clerk about putting up a sign. He told us that if he were us, he'd cut his loss,and get out of our agreement now. I asked why and was told that they were in the process of rezoning and we wouldn't be allowed to run a business in this area of town. I told him it was sold to us by Shady Oak Realty as commercial property. His advice was to sue them for misrepresentation and move to another location. As you can see we did not follow his advice for several reasons. We already knew it was taxed commercially, we got our first City bill, which also said commercial on it, and we didn't want to hurt a business in town we wanted to see more come in. I then called the City Clerk back and asked why if the property wasn't commercial, why we were getting billed that way. His response was that no one was living there. I would like to know then why all the other empty homes in town aren't being billed commercially and for that matter I know there are a lot of people that go South for the Winter are you said that by not bringing it up, we were to accept this as a denial and told that we didn't make a request for it. It is funny how no one else that had a request had to make there own. They did it for them. (they being the City Clerk and the Planning and Zoning Board). The next day I talked to the neighbor with the complaint (as it was read) and found out they had called the City Office about their concern because they were going to be out of town during the Open Meeting. They were asked by the City Clerk to write a letter they agreed as long as it was read verbatim. It wasn't. The first line of the letter read "this is not a complaint only a concern." Next, we weren't even made aware of the City Council meeting when they were discussing the matter we had just happened to be in the Office applying for a Variance (since this was our last shot of the Council okaying it) and saw the agenda. We went to the meeting and got there about 10 minutes after the meeting started. We were handed the sign-in sheet. On this sheet was a note that said "Act on Jorgenson's" I don't know who it was written by but I would guess they weren't expecting us to see it. Again we pleaded with the City Council to no avail. (this would have been the May City Council meeting) Now we waited to hear on the variance request and as you can see in last week's paper we were denied. The reason being 1. We would create traffic congestion. 2. We would decrease property values in the area 3. The use of the site as requested would create a fire danger. I'd like my chance to inform the citizens of a few facts. 1. We have a cement slab in front of our so called residential property (which would be most people's front yard. How many homes in town have a cement front yard?) that we park on. We also have a shared driveway with a neighbor so we-have a total of three to four parking spots not even on the street at our disposal. Since we've been up here there was only one occasion when a truck came to deliver some supplies that we have even used the street in front of our property and made sure it didn't being charged commercial rates when arrive during the hours the school was you are gone? I don't think so nor do starting or getting out. I feel you should. 2. The property values in this area We were then told that we'd have to apply for an amendment to the ordinance. Which we did. The two owners prior to us had and received it. Of course, unless we would fall under one of the businesses that are already hllowe'/R'l z0riifg; which" is a Public Building such as a museum, offices, clinics, barber shops, beauty parlors, dress shops, millinery shops, tea rooms, tourist homes, animal hospitals and kennels, music and dance studios, or similar uses. Then we could apply for a conditional use permit. Such occupations as architects, artists, writers, clergymen, lawyers, teachers, dressmaking, and similar crafts are permitted in an R1 zone without a permit. We decided we wanted to be honest about it and applied for an amendment. We were then told that nothing could be done about it at the moment because not enough members were present. This would have been last November. I then asked why the council couldn't decide since ultimately it was their decision anyhow. I was told we would have to wait. So we waited and waited with nothing being done, Maybe they should check out their-istate statutes because there is one about time deadlines which states failure to act on a written request within 60 days is an automatic approval. (Statute 15.99) The City Council tabled the Amendment on November 19, 2001 and up to this time never untabled the amendment request. Finally, I called the City Clerk back because they were just leaving us tabled and he then said we would be better off applying for a Conditional Use Permit and requesting the City Council to deal with this since so much time had passed. We then filled out the paper work for a Conditional Use Permit and were seen before the Council on April 15, 2002. The Council refused the Conditional Use Permit and took no action at this time but would consider amending the ordinance at the time when the zoning ordinance would be codified and the City Clerk was instructed to set a date for a Public Hearing for said codification. (check minutes from April City Council meeting). Wouldn't a Piano Restoration Shop fall under similar uses in this zone? If so we should have been granted a Conditional Use permit? Did we really need one anyhow, as we were told, because wouldn't it fall under similar domestic crafts? Then they held the public hearing on May 14, 2002. We were brought up at the beginning of the meeting and a letter of concern from one of our neighbors was read as a complaint and one of our other neighbors was at the meeting and said he was glad we were in his neighborhood Then when it came time to vote we were excluded from the vote. When asked why, the City Council 00INDEPENDENT can't get much lower than they already are. 3. How would the City even know we are a fire hazard since none of them have ever even visited us and we have nothing here that you wouldn't find in most homes in town. unloads We have some up Check Com we were read their own they are businesses in opinion mind town with a a declinin happy for get. If businesses If we can customers it have the changed Almost all for the decline We have two blocks asked why Council file a We chose we're not the business in City Clerk told why the locations are the city or was "Well, about that." Oh, and homeowners apply for an telling us we residential, Swens00 set for Also, the first t.hing my husband did when we moved up here was to check with environmental services on how to properly dispose of anything we'd use. I ask does that sound like something someone would do that was going to be a fire hazard? Besides that, you could walk across the street and find a lot more chemicals than we would ever use. I don't see anyone calling the school a fLre hazard and neither would I, So what exactly is the City basing their information on? Gossip? Because they sure haven't checked their facts. Feel free to check mine because they are accurate. The City wants us to move back down on Main Street. We tried that and got a visit from the Police because they were getting complaints about us unloading pianos on Main Street. We were asked to do it after hours. I guess we are just special since everyone else Freedom Trees Swenson are Sunday, and Elly west of follow the There will 11 a.m. and al Distant welcome. Bridal for An open honor of Ann Johnson July 7, from 2 to All are Stern from Steffany and Joan graduated cu during May 19. Stern She is a High School. pay veterans, past and A new addition to Mound Cemetary in Ortonville came late last week as several youngsters pitched in to help plant Freedom Trees. 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