Royalton City Council

By Jennie Zeitler, Correspondent After approving a conditional use permit for a proposed building by Royalton resident Gary Borash in June, the same issue came before the Royalton City Council as a request for a variance, Tuesday. “The building inspector wouldn’t sign off on the conditional use permit because the building is too large and there [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler, Correspondent Due to the large amount of rain received in recent weeks, lift stations in the city of Royalton have been overtaxed and the city’s water treatment ponds are near capacity. “We’re getting some sewer infiltration,” Mayor Andrea Lauer told council members at Tuesday’s meeting. “Both the main station and station number three [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler, Correspondent After a number of errors were made in reporting tax increment financing (TIF) district information to the state of Minnesota in 2013, business, financial and technological advisory firm Kern DeWenter Viere (KDV) reached a settlement agreement with the city of Royalton. The settlement resolution was approved by the City Council, Tuesday. The [...]

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By Liz Verley, Staff Writer A written report from Royalton Fire Chief Duane Bursey saying the Fire Department needed more space was discussed at Tuesday’s Council meeting. Bursey asked about the possibility of purchasing the old grocery store and the vacant lot west of the fire department. “Purchasing either one or both would be giving the [...]

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By Liz Verley, Staff Writer Royalton Police Chief Adam Gunderson discussed concerns of the residents who live closest to his proposed shooting range which could be located near the city-owned waste ponds and compost pile in Royalton. At a previous meeting, Gunderson had been directed by the Royalton City Council to visit with the neighbors near [...]

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by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer Representatives from Royalton’s new audit firm, CliftonLarsonAllen in Waite Park, presented the annual audit report to the City Council, Tuesday. A clean opinion was issued on regulatory financial statements. “There were some internal control findings, material weaknesses,” said Doug Host. “There is a lack of segregation of duties for accounting [...]

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by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer Wind energy generation is one step closer to being a reality for Royalton. The city began investigating wind energy in earnest in 2012 when Mayor Andrea Lauer and Council Member Al Libke began meeting with SheerWind executives about a possible system in Royalton. The City Council authorized Lauer to sign [...]

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by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer An updated pay scale was approved by the Royalton City Council, Dec. 3. The new guidelines will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. “This new pay scale was used in putting the budget together,” said Mayor Andrea Lauer. “It extends the step plan from six steps to 10. Steps seven [...]

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by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer The city of Royalton became the owner of the old “antique building” on the corner of Highway 10 and Centre Street at its Council meeting, Tuesday. The City Council, with member Al Libke absent, voted unanimously to approve the purchase of the tax-forfeited property from Morrison County for $5,000 plus closing [...]

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