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Herald JournalHerald Journal, April 18, 2005

Survey could cost more than project for LP resident

By Ryan Gueningsman
Staff Writer

Lester Prairie resident Fred Blaser wants to put a shed on his property.

He went to the city hall for a building permit, was told a survey of his property was needed, and was given a list of surveyors he could contact. Upon contacting several surveyors, he found the cost of a survey to be anywhere from $400 to $900.

This brought Blaser to the Lester Prairie City Council meeting last Monday, where he said he didn’t know it may cost him more money to have a certified survey of his property done than the entire shed may cost.

“I’m just asking for a reason, and for fairness here,” Blaser said, referring to a recently passed city ordinance. “I don’t think it’s fair, and that’s why I’m here tonight.”

While Mayor Eric Angvall noted the intent of the ordinance is to prevent people from putting buildings in the wrong spot, he understood Blaser’s point.

“Because someone made a mistake . . . I feel I’m being penalized,” Blaser said, noting he would build two 10’x12’ sheds that would not require building permits.

“I’m not going to spend $800 for a survey,” Blaser said. “I’m not asking for preferential treatment here, I’m just asking that the ordinance be re-evaluated.”

The council decided it could amend the ordinance, or do away with it, but it can’t give a waiver to it. It requested a representative from Paul Waldron and Associates, the city’s building inspector, be present at the next council meeting to review it.

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