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Rushford moves Highway 43 project forward


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Completing yet another step of the massive project, the city of Rushford, Minn. held a public hearing Monday, May 28 in reference to improvements to the sanitary sewer infrastructure. The draft facility plan impacts “the entire city of Rushford,” specifically properties located on Mill Street from the north end Rush Creek bridge to the south end Root River bridge.

Josh DeFrang of Otomo Engineering Services addressed the council and stated that the engineering report, design process, and calculations for methods are all spelled out in the plan. Design requirements include future design flows and recommendations. The plan must still be presented to the Pollution Control Agency (PCA). Finance and funding options are also noted and the plan will be submitted to the Public Facilities Authority (PFA) for eligibility of a low interest loan.

There are four or five lines that need replacement, according to DeFrang. The lines were televised for condition after the 2007 flood, but the lines can’t be televised again. “They’re in bad shape. We can’t even get in there. The camera just kept tipping over,” he added. City Administrator Steve Sarvi noted that the city intends to televise lines every five years or so as part of the comprehensive plan and to keep an eye out for potential issues.

The area along Highway 43/Mill Street will be dug down approximately eight feet, the mains replaced, and the trench then filled with gravel and qualified fill. The current clay pipes are undersized and allowing inflow and infiltration, which in turn affects the waste water treatment facility. “There are spots that are leaking like a sieve,” noted Sarvi. “This will dramatically reduce the flow into the treatment facility.” The new mains will be an eight inch plastic pipe and the design flow will be 350 gallons per minute.

DeFrang also noted that they’ll be pushing for two crews to complete the work, but that it will depend on the contractor selected. A bidder’s qualification process will weed out any unqualified contractors.

Sarvi made a point of noting that sewer rates will not be raised to cover the cost of the project. In addition, utility coordination with telephone and electrical lines will be dealt with so utility companies can make adjustments or repairs during the project while the ground is open.

The council approval only moves forward the plan. They are not legally .....
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Public Transportation available for Spring Valley residents

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Business Announcements

The Spring Valley City Council met on Wednesday night because of the observance of Memorial Day. Starting July 1, 2013 Public Transportation will be coming to Spring Valley. SEMCAC has announced that they will be providing bus transportation to an ..... 
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Residences in Chatfield Commercial District, a Conditional Use Only

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Business Announcements

Kristi Clarke, Planning and Zoning, reviewed three text amendment recommendations to Chapter 113 of the city’s Zoning Ordinance at the city council’s May 28 meeting. The amendment causing the most controversy during debate and during a public ..... 
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Search for Mrs. Fillmore County announced

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

Applications are being accepted for the title of Mrs. Fillmore County! Mrs. Fillmore County will have the honor of representing her county at the Mrs. Minnesota pageant, which will be held at “Ritsche Auditorium,” March 8, 2014 in St. Cloud, Min ..... 
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Rep. Davids helps secure funding for Fillmore County Veterans Cemetery

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

ST. PAUL, Minn. - State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said the final piece is now in place to help make the Fillmore County Veterans Cemetery a reality. While Fillmore County was approved as the southeastern Minnesota site in 2011, needed ..... 
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Preston Area Tourism receives grant

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $1,000 grant to the Preston Area Tourism for a new brochure rack that is located at the Trailhead and new signage on the Preston Trout Float. The new sign was completed in time for the 2013 T ..... 
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Ribbon Cutting for Burdey’s Cafe

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Business Announcements

On Monday, April 29th a welcome and Ribbon Cutting was conducted by the Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce for Burdey’s Cafe in Peterson, MN. Pictured are top row, left to right: Jennifer Wood, Peterson City Mayor; Dick Lee, Peterson City council me ..... 
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Habitat for Humanity Recruiting VISTAs to Make Statewide Impact

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

HFH Winona & Fillmore Counties searching for dedicated individual to help build capacity Winona, MN (April 24, 2013) – Habitat for Humanity-Winona-Fillmore Counties is currently recruiting several VISTAs to join the global movement to build si ..... 
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Kaase, Leutink, Jr. and Mensink to represent Fillmore County on Hiawatha Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

Rochester, MN - Hiawatha Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. announced today that Tom Kaase, Leonard Leutink, Jr. and Pamela Mensink will represent Fillmore County on its Board of Directors. Hiawatha Valley Resource Conserva ..... 
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