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Harmony City Council reviews financing options for wastewater system


Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
Posted in Features

Harmony’s City Council met once again with Chuck Janski to discuss financing options on the $909,000 wastewater system project. The city could qualify for the Rural Development Grant – if the city can get the paperwork done before the year 2000 medium household income figures kick in. The city would have less than eight weeks to dot their "i’s" and cross their "t’s" regarding the allocation of requested funds.

The glitch comes in when looking at the average household income for the city. Several years ago the average household income was at $18,700. The 2000 census shows this figure has climbed to $30,000 – good for families, but not so good if the city wants to qualify for governmental aid. Paperwork will be expedited to hopefully beat the income status rating change.

Janski penciled out four different options allowing them to cover the estimated $909,000 bill.

•The first option includes a local bond sale, a 5% rate, 20-year term and an annual payment of $73,018. Annual cost per user: $135.

•The second option includes a Public Finance Authority Loan (MPCA), a 2.5% rate, 20-year term and an annual payment of $58,377. Annual cost per user: $108.

•The third option is a RD/RUS Grant & Loan. This would include a 45% grant with the remaining amount at 4.5% over 40 years and an annual payment of $27,199. Annual cost per user: $50.

•The fourth option would be the best - a 75% grant with remaining loan at 4.5% rate over 40 years with an annual payment of $12,363. Annual cost per user: $1.92. (All user costs are based on 540 users.)

When asked about the life expectancy of these improvements Janski said "wastewater is tough to treat and hard on metal," but he would be looking at 20 years of service. He felt the plant had plenty of capacity and would carry the city for some time. The council will wait to see how the paperwork shakes out for the project’s expenses.

Other business

•Brett Grabau gave a brief overview on the T.H. 139 project. Water and sewer lines are in with the storm sewer half completed. Extra fill has been hauled to the northwest lot in the city. Bacteria and water pressure testing must be completed yet. A $382,000 payment, 25% of the project, was approved.

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Eyota man charged with murder

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
Posted in Features

On the morning of Thursday, November 7, Fillmore County Sheriff officers charged Joseph Allen Folkert with the murder death of Clarence Paulson. The 22 year-old Eyota resident was arrested at the Olmsted County Jail where he had been held since Octob ..... 
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Republicans sweep into office

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
Posted in Features

Area voters turned out in large numbers for Tuesday’s mid-term elections. In Fillmore County 9,272 of the 12,110 registered voters (76.56%) came to the polls. Meanwhile in Houston County, 8,600 of 11,602 registered voters (74.13%) turned out to cast ..... 
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Board will keep attorney’s office upstairs in new addition

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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Fillmore County Attorney Matthew J. Opat’s Tuesday morning Commissioners’ meeting started out well as he turned a half-century-old. He took it graciously, even when Sheriff Jim Connolly had him handcuffed, unofficially of course, to celebrate the eve ..... 
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Lanesboro Council meeting ends with fire call

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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The November 4th meeting of the Lanesboro City Council began with a presentation from Tammy Hughes of Southeastern Minnesota Historic Bluff Country and Marlene Schultz, chairperson for Scenic Byways. They informed the council that Highway 16 from LaC ..... 
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Preston City Council will ask the MPCA for an EIS on Heartland

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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The Preston City Council voted three to one Monday night to ask the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Heartland Energy & Recycling plant. Using fluid bed technology, the energy plan ..... 
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Tuchek asks for mistrial

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
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Less than one week after being found guilty in Fillmore County District Court on nine counts of arson in the April 7 fire that destroyed two historic buildings in downtown Lanesboro, the lawyer for John Tuchek has filed papers in Fillmore County Dist ..... 
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Election 2002: Fillmore County Attorney

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
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Editor’s note: Attorneys Eric Herendeen and Brett Corson are running for the position of Fillmore County Attorney. The post has been held for the past several years by Matt Opat who is not seeking re-election.  The Journal as ..... 
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Chronic Wasting Disease

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
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CWD, or Chronic Wasting Disease has received a lot of press recently as deer hunters prepare for the season. This disease occurs naturally in North American deer and Rocky Mountain Elk. It belongs to a family of diseases known as transmissible spongi ..... 
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