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Rushford City Council Report: Council puts confidence in Lebakken


Fri, Jan 28th, 2005
Posted in Features

At their regular city council meeting January 24, the Rushford City Council members authorized Mayor T.S. Roberton to spend up to $8,000 for the advice and services of Merle Lebakken of Lebakken Consulting regarding the backup generators and the power supply contract. Roberton reported to the council about a two and a half hour meeting with Lebakken, Chairman of the Electric Commission Dick Fogal, Council member Les Ladewig, City Clerk Kathy Zacher and himself. Roberton offered an audiotape of the meeting to anyone interested in hearing it. Roberton expressed confidence in the abilities of Lebakken and declared that the council needed the answers Lebakken could supply.

Roberton told the council that Lebakken had contacted Alliant to check on the status of the transmission line and that he had checked with Ziegler on the status of the generators. Ziegler has not started making the generators yet, but they would charge a $250,000 fee if the city canceled the order. The price of the generators is slated to go up six percent as a result of an increase in the cost of steel as well.

Lebakken has declared it to be highly speculative to purchase generators in order to sell power back to GenSys. He has advised the city to stay with its current power contract as long as possible. The current contract is cheaper and could save the city around $200,000 if the city doesnt sign a new contract until the current one expires.

While perusing the spreadsheet of the power purchased in 2004, Mayor Roberton pointed out to the council that the demand charges ($100,188.70) for the city were 17 percent of the total bill ($581,509.78). In 2004 the city also spent $126,893 on engineering and consultants with $116,956 of it for the generation project. Another $67,529 was spent in 2003 for the generation project engineering and consultants.

Well Number Two

Public Works Director Jeff Copley presented a plan to look at well number two following the successful development of well three last year. Copley suggested pulling the pump, scrubbing the casing, and videotaping the well at a cost of $2,400. Depending on the results, a total of around $12,000 might be spent on developing well two. Money has been budgeted to dig well number five. If this development of well number two was successful, the digging of well number five could be delayed.

Well number tw .....
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EIS ordered on Heartland

Fri, Jan 28th, 2005
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Every once in awhile David gets lucky and beats Goliath. Such was the case Tuesday night in St. Paul when the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens Board rejected a PCA staff recommendation and ordered that an Environmental Impact Statement wa ..... 
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Courthouse remodel under budget

Fri, Jan 28th, 2005
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Dean Sand oversees construction and management of the county court house project and says that the project is in very good shape for coming in under budget. Chairman Chuck Amunrud inquired as to whether the county would recover the $300,000 plus le ..... 
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Whats next for Heartland?

Fri, Jan 28th, 2005
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When asked how she felt after the MPCA Citizens Board had voted 6 to 1 to require an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Heartland tire-burning plant, Fran Sauer, President of Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection, said, ..... 
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Rural illegal dumping

Fri, Jan 21st, 2005
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RUSHFORD VILLAGE -Road-toss is hard to ignore after the leaves fall and frost flattens the underbrush. Wade through dormant raspberry snarling the ditch, past the No Dumping sign, down the hill where garbage bombs often explode. Under a clean blank ..... 
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Pawlenty pushes Rochester in State of the State

Fri, Jan 21st, 2005
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ROCHESTER - Governor Tim Pawlenty used Rochester as a backdrop for his Ready for Action state of the state address on Tuesday, January 19. Speaking from the Mayo Clinic Support Center in northwest Rochester, Pawlenty called for a four year universi ..... 
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A fish story engagement and family wedding

Fri, Jan 21st, 2005
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Rose McClimon, formerly of Chatfield, remembers first meeting Brandon Hamlin of Spring Valley while showing her horse at the Fillmore County Fair during the summer of 2001.

Brandons recollection went a bit farther back than th ..... 
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Preston City Council Report

Fri, Jan 21st, 2005
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Members of the Preston City Council met for about fifteen minutes to address a few minor issues. The Planning and Zoning Committee had made a recommendation to approve a lot split for Bruce Snitker and Randy Haakenson of Lot 8 along Parkside Drive. C ..... 
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Governors speech high on vision, low on details

Fri, Jan 21st, 2005
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ROCHESTER Governor Tim Pawlenty often times sounded like a cheerleader during his state of the state address on Tuesday, rallying the invitation-only audience to come on Minnesota, lets go. His speech was high on vision - genomics research, Smar ..... 
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