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Harmony approves EDA loans


Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

Two public hearings were held before the regular city council meeting in Harmony on August 11. The first one was for the street assessment project on 5th Avenue SE. The property owners that will be affected by the project, Fred Young and Allan Dahl, were at the meeting to discuss the assessments.

River City Paving will be doing the overlay on 5th Avenue SE, starting at 1st Street, at a cost of $7,400. The council had planned on assessing 25 percent of that cost to the adjacent property owners, or about $900 per person. This is standard for street improvements.

Young pointed out that the letter he received from the city had the wrong description of where the work would be done. Instead of Center Street, it should have said 1st Street.

There was some discussion about postponing the public hearing, but Illg said it might get too late to get the project done this fall.

Dahl said that the city doesn't need to do the project for him, as he is not dissatisfied with the street. He stated it might be more of a safety hazard if it is done because of the speed of traffic. He also recommended that the city look at passing a resolution for people who build homes on unimproved roads regarding who will pay for the improvements. Young also said that he doesn't care if the project is done. Illg said the city had looked at it and decided it was a street that was in disrepair and it should be taken care of.

Young asked if the pavers were going to be taking away the broken pieces of blacktop before putting down new pavement. Illg said the estimate they received was for overlay only.

"To me, that's not reconstruction," said Young. "In five years we will be paying for it again."

Mayor Steve Donney commented that if it is only a repair, not a reconstruction, the city should just go ahead and pay for it. Illg said that to do a reconstruction would be a more long-term project, involving widening the road and putting a new base down. It would also cost a lot more money.

The council voted to repair the street for the cost estimate of $7,400, without doing any assessments.

Alley Vacation

The second public hearing was in regard to the city vacating the alley between 1st and 2nd Street NW and 1st and 2nd Avenue NW. The city voted to vacate the alley, which leaves its ownership to the three adjacent property owners. John Ryan had added on to a shed on his property, which went three feet over into the city's p .....
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Ropes has dialogue with county board

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

State Senator Sharon Ropes reviewed details of the last legislative session and took notes on commissioner concerns to be explored in the next session at their August 11 meeting. Ropes continues to make an effort to visit cities, townships and count ..... 
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Rushford City Council "takes a stab" at a community center

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the Monday, August 10th meeting of the council, the city made the decision to move forward with plans to seek out proposals on the construction of a 400-seat community center. On a limited budget, the city is offering grant funds of $593,000 for ..... 
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No eminent domain proceedings for Burr Oak extension

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
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The Chatfield City Council took the possibility of eminent domain off the table as a method to acquire property needed for the Burr Oak extension at the council's August 10 meeting. City Attorney Fred Suhler had followed the council's July 23 instru ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses signs

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Government

During a quick meeting on August 3, the Lanesboro City Council had some discussion with City Attorney Tom Manion about signs in the downtown area. At the last meeting, Manion explained that Cheryl Lamon, who owns Cheryl's Apparel, had asked him if s ..... 
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Elected county officials donate unpaid leave

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Government

Elected official voluntary salary reductions were approved by the county board at their August 4 meeting, which was dominated by departmental budget proposals for 2010. With last December's unallotment total of $143,805, the board required employees ..... 
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Rushford Village Council meets

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Government

Pledge to Flag

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on July 7, 2009, by Acting Mayor Dale Schwanke. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, and Liz Atkinson. Also present: City Attorney Thomas Manion, Zoning Administra ..... 
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Dangerous trek for bicyclists near Eagle Cliff

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
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Horace and Sally Stang, residents at Eagle Cliff Campground, made their concerns known during the county board's July 28 meeting. Mr. Stang said the half-mile section along State Highway 16 from the campground property to the Whalan Bridge is very d ..... 
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Senator Erickson-Ropes addresses the Rushford City Council

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

The theme could have easily been summed up, "Let's go through this together," with Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes addressing the council at the Monday, July 27th, meeting. While it's an appreciated goal, and certainly one the city is intent on foster ..... 
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