From: Jean Kalmes
Farmers and rural homeowners beware. Hundreds of us who tried to prevent the very flawed 300 page ordinance from being approved in 2010 were told that it could easily be changed. Now it is obvious that we can’t trust that to be true. Many rural homes are actually non-conforming, but no one has been informed. Many are too close to barns or other structures according to the new laws .
Rule 3.2.4, the original law states that “any non-conforming building or structure which has been destroyed to 50% cannot be rebuilt. “
Chapter 3.2.1. states “It is the intent of this section that all non-conformities shall be gradually eliminated.” That could easily be your home if destroyed by fire, tornado or other calamity.
There is an organized group of town folks speaking and writing letters who have not really studied the laws or do not care about what could happen to other people, and are determined to have the ordinance stay in its original form.
I congratulate anyone who is willing to serve in a political position. The work is difficult and time consuming, and they become “public figures” who therefore may be subject to many kinds of abuse.
Farmers are busy seven days a week and many are unaware of the problems of the laws being advocated by mainly city folks concerning the rights of rural property owners. Farmers pay high property and sales taxes. Now the state has passed a law requiring that parts and also labor repair must be included in the sales tax. More tax; more control; more government; more laws passed while the people are unaware.
The Planning Commission has agreed to the five or six changes that are being asked for in regard to the ordinance. The Winona County Board should vote to approve the amendments. These are your Winona County Board members: Call James Pomeroy at 452-2267; Greg Olson at 457-6270; Marcia Ward at 643-6389; Wayne Valentine at 454-2762 and Steve Jacob at 534-2554, or leave a message at the Government Center at 457-6350.
There is a meeting November 5 in the Government Building at 7 p.m.