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Rushford City Council Report: Council focuses on problems at lift station


Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

There is a density to the Rushford City Council meetings that few organs of government in Fillmore County can equal: the agenda on Tuesday was four pages long and the council handouts for the meeting ran 57 pieces of paper. Many pages of the documents, which serve as tools for council members in the decision making process, were back to back, like the Economic Development Authority report, the Electric Utility Commission report and the Liquor Fund proposed budget, just to mention a few.

But while some may think this is a bit excessive, one only needs attend one of these meetings to know that they are run with a singular efficiency by Mayor Ted Roberton, who moves things along at a brisk clip.

Last Tuesday, he brought his ship of state into the station in 1 hour and 45 minutes. The council had planned on two hours.

Council members Larry Johnson, Ron Mierau and Norris Kinneberg (Nancy Benson was absent) didn’t appear overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work nor the speed in which it all took place.

As one who doesn’t normally report on the Rushford City Council (I was filling in for reporter Wanda Hanson last Tuesday night), those were a few of my preliminary observations as I struggled to keep up.

That said, the council spent a quarter of its time dealing with a problem Paul and Luanne Dvorak have had with sewage damage to their home.

On September 24, the High Street Lift Station malfunctioned which caused sewage to back up into the Dvorak’s finished basement. A similar thing happened in 2001.

At issue was the fact that the city’s liability insurance would only cover 80% of the replacement of carpet because of depreciation. Considering that the carpet was replaced only two years ago under similar conditions, the Dvorak’s felt that the city should cover the balance for what “was not our responsibility or fault.”

There was some debate about this. Council member Ron Mierau likened the depreciation the Dvorak’s are facing to driving a new car off the lot. But the Dvorak’s balked at this metaphor.

“It’s happened twice now and I am sure it will happen again,” Luann told the council.

Mayor Roberton proposed a middle ground, where the city would pay half of the depreciation, similar to what was done for another resident some time ago.
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Harmony City Council Report: Property owners along TH 139 frontage discuss final assessments

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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The public hearing for Harmony’s TH 139-reconstruction assessment roll was a quiet one as Mike Lynch of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates outlined property owners’ responsibilities. Firm figures were presented now that the project has been com ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Felony Charges

•Stephanie Louise Halverson, 27, Mabel, was charged with two felony counts stemming from an incident in Mabel on March 2, 2003. Halverson is charged with assault in the second degree - dangerous weapon and making ..... 
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Canton woman on the front lines of environmental advocacy

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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How does a girl from the Twin Cites’ suburbs grow up to be an activist for agriculture and the environment?

Loni Kemp of Canton admits it’s a stretch.

She is currently the senior policy analyst for The Min ..... 
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Fillmore County Board discusses Heartland, defers any action

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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It was the Commissioners turn on Tuesday to state their positions —if they had one—regarding the proposed tire burning plant that has raised so many questions since the onset of the project. County Attorney Matt Opat outlined the proposed project’s c ..... 
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Commissioner upset over dust control problem

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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A lengthy discussion concerning the lack of dust control being implemented by Roverud Construction of Spring Grove at their Norway Township site south of Peterson was spearheaded by Commissioner Randy Dahl. He has received numerous calls on the dust ..... 
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Fillmore - Houston Joint Board of Health calls for EIS on Heartland

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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On Tuesday, October 7, the Fillmore - Houston Joint Board of Health passed a resolution asking the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Commissioner to require an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Heartland Tire Burning Facility pl ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Morten’s attorney asks that Judge Benson be removed

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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The attorney for Trevor Morten has filed a petition with the Minnesota Court of Appeals asking that Judge Robert Benson be removed from the case.

Morten is charged with second degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Tim Lo ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Sauer fills council vacancy

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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The Preston City Council met in the basement of the F & M Community Bank Monday night to accommodate the great number of citizens that were expected to attend.

The council faced a busy agenda which allowed adjournment after fou ..... 
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