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Harmony City Council Report: Council chided for out-of-town purchase


Fri, Jun 18th, 2004
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I was disappointed we went out of town, stated Kerry Kingsley, owner of Kingsley Mercantile of Harmony, as he addressed the Harmony Council on Tuesday, June 15. The city council had awarded a mower bid to M & M Lawn & Leisure, a Rushford business, on April 27.

The hardware store owner considered the situation embarrassing, and felt the bidding process had not been handled in the correct manner. Kingsley also stated he didnt even know that the council was considering bids for a diesel engine until hed read it in the paper. He had submitted a gas engine bid only, as did P & H of Harmony.

M & M had submitted one gas and two diesel bids; Hyland Motors and Preston Equipment submitted diesel engine bids only. Diesel models are generally priced more, but normally have a longer life span without as many mechanical problems.

Kingsley stated a second critical factor in the bidding process was that the council wasn't comparing apples to apples. There can be a very noticeable difference in the performance of various brands of equipment-justifying higher priced tags. A $1,000 -$2,000 difference can be warranted many times simply based on a machines performance. The actual bid accepted by the council was for a gas 25 hp Gravely at $4,300.

Maybe this is saying we (council) need to do a better job of handling the bidding process, Council member Sherry Hines, who is also a business owner in Harmony, said. With what he saw as justified sarcasm, the hardware store owner reminded the council members that his familys business pays a lot of interest each year to the local bank, pays taxes to city of Harmony, and contributes to such events as Music in the Park.

Im sure the Rushford business doesnt do this, rationalized Kingsley. Going outside the city to do business is what dries up towns like Harmony.

More defined pet ordinances requested by resident

Kathleen Attwood, 1st Ave. S.E., Harmony, a dog owner who shows Norwich Terriers, requested that the council consider better defining their pet ordinance. In the past several months, the council has been reviewing their citys ordinances, a section at each of the regular monthly meetings.

I am a conscientious dog owner, and usually keep my dogs in the house. Dogs do bark at times, though, said Attwood who moved into Harmony a year ago, a .....
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Public hearing set on Heartland JOBZ project

Fri, Jun 18th, 2004
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The Preston City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 28, to hold a hearing for the purpose of considering a Business Subsidy Agreement between the city of Preston and Heartland.

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Commissioners consider legal review of county Zoning Ordinance

Fri, Jun 18th, 2004
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With the many challenges the countys zoning ordinance has faced, the most recent example being the court ruling by Judge Robert Benson against the county in the Slabaugh case, the county board has decided it is time to seek out expert legal advise.< ..... 
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Fillmore County P&Z: Yet another subdivision draws fire

Fri, Jun 18th, 2004
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A proposed six-lot subdivision in the SW1/4 of the NW1/4 of Section 32 in Preble Township wasnt warmly received as numerous residents of the community spoke up during the public hearing at the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning meeting on Thursday ni ..... 
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Gentlemen, start your engines!

Fri, Jun 11th, 2004
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LANESBORO - Finding Andy Kelly on a typical Friday night might be more difficult than you would expect. He is not likely to be out partying or driving to Rochester to see a movie. He is probably not even cruising around the streets with his friends. ..... 
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JOBZ could save Heartland millions

Fri, Jun 11th, 2004
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PRESTON - According to the terms of the settlement reached between the city of Preston and Bob and Elaine Maust, the city will pay the Mausts $325,000 to drop all litigation against the city. If the city is able to enroll Heartland in the state JOBZ ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Detachment petition presented to council

Fri, Jun 11th, 2004
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Jim Wagner petitioned the Lanesboro City Council at their June 7 meeting for detachment of property belonging to him and his son Rob Wagner from the city of Lanesboro. Wagner currently has city water to his property; he and his neighbors paid the ent ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Council approves easement for Midwest Wireless tower

Fri, Jun 11th, 2004
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The Preston City Council made short shrift of business at their regular meeting on Monday, June 7, completing their affairs in a mere 35 minutes.

The big item of the meeting was a decision by the council to enter into an agreeme ..... 
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Need to de-clutter? Its time for a garage sale!

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
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RUSHFORD - The weather this past month hasnt cooperated much in its usual role as harbinger of spring. But its a sure sign that summer and warmer days are on the way when garage sale signs start popping up around town every weekend.

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