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Rushford waits for feasibility study


Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

A report from Otomo Engineering was presented to the council at the Monday, November 22nd ,council meeting. Reviewing the summary of reports regarding FEMA for street and underground utility improvements resulting from the flood of 2007, the report focused on Phases one through five. Otomo Engineering has recommended a feasibility report be completed for the south portion of Phase 1, where the majority of the flood damage occurred. The report will cost the city $1,800 and is expected to give a "nudge" to FEMA who has imposed a 2013 deadline for submission of requests. The firm believes the study will get FEMA looking at the tasks at hand as well as give the city an accurate report of the scope of work to be done, including costs.

The total cost of all projects in Phases 1 through 6 was earlier estimated by Otomo Engineering to be $10,231,000. The city has already cumulatively bonded for more than $3 million in regards to portions of Phases two, three, four, and five. In effect, this potentially leaves more than $6 million in projects yet to be bonded by 2013, should the city complete all projects in Phases 1-6. If the city moves forward with the south portion of Phase 1, which Otomo Engineering believes is now the most critical, it is expected to cost approximately $900,000.

The feasibility study will not bind the city to doing the work highlighted, which includes Mill Street/ Highway 43. It is likely that a 24-foot wide "strip" of the street will be funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDot). Otomo Engineering anticipates MNDot coming through town in 2012. Time constraints with MNDot and requirements by the Public Facilities Authority (PFA) have bounced Rushford improvement projects "all over the map" for much of 2009 and 2010.

The study is expected to be completed and presented at the December 13th council meeting.

Wrapping up FEMA project worksheets has been a critical step for Rushford. The council has approved a proposal from BDM Engineering to assist the city in surveying and setting up a management system to deal with the estimated 130 project worksheets, varying greatly in size and complexity. BDM, which has held a presence in the city since immediately after the flood of 2007, estimates a one-time, 12-hour assessment of the task. From that point, the firm offers its services at a 10 percent discount of their normal hourly rate. Once the city has a proper scope of what needs to be done, however, s .....
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Spring Valley company seeks EDA Loan

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

For the next couple of weeks the Spring Valley City Council will be studying a proposal from the A&F Consulting Group, Inc., seeking a $50,000.00 loan to expand their business of snow removal and landscaping. The group is in the process of purchasin ..... 
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Peterson City Council reviews proposed 2011 budget, employee insurance cuts

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council met on November 4, 2010. Chuck Eidenschink, Jan Smaby, Tim Hallum, Bill Grindland, Randy Benson and Lolly Melander were present, along with three guests. Mayor Eidenschink called the meeting to order ..... 
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Governor recount requires added staff time

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter requested additional part-time employee hours at the November 9 meeting to deal with the expected automatic recount in the Minnesota governor election. The recount will be automatic due to the closeness of the electio ..... 
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Rushford gains footing in FEMA funding

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

The issue of a large sum of FEMA funding that is owed to the city following the flood of 2007 was again discussed in length at the Monday, November 8th, city council meeting. While the city has found it frustrating to deal with an ever-changing FEMA ..... 
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Harmony City Council discusses need for travel policy for city employees

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held before the regular Harmony City Council meeting on November 9. The meeting was for the residents affected by the Third Street Project to discuss the final assessment amounts.

The total cost of the project was $297, ..... 
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Preston sets 60 hour minimum for ambulance crew

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
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Ambulance Director Ryan Throckmorton requested the Preston City Council approve a required 60 hour minimum for the volunteer ambulance crew at the council's November 15 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said the requirement will be in the new ..... 
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Is someone burning tires in Wykoff?

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, October 11, 2010, at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Mike Holzer-Mayor, Jeremy Comstock, Betty Niemeyer, Tim Grabau, Michele Hitchcock, Cheryl ..... 
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Wind turbine setbacks unchanged

Fri, Nov 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Planning Commission at their November 18 meeting agreed by consensus to leave the required setbacks in Section 7 of the Wind Energy Conversion Systems Ordinance unchanged. County commissioners had requested that the Planning Comm ..... 
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