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Harmony approves 2.6-percent increase


Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

A Truth and Taxation Public Hearing was held before the regular Harmony City Council meeting that was held on December 8. Nobody from the public came to voice any concerns or questions about the budget or the tax levy.

The council approved the budget for 2010 and the final tax levy of $603,800. City Administrator Jerome Illg said the governor declared he will not do anything with the LGA (Local Government Aid) that is coming this month. Illg added that he believes the next two years will be affected. He recommended they leave the levy at an increase of 2.6 percent.

Third Street Project

Russ Stammer from Bonestroo attended the meeting to present the council with the feasibility report for doing some work on Third Street Southwest from Main Avenue to the Community Center parking lot entrance. The street has had frequent water main breaks and is in need of repair or total replacement. The first option, as Stammer explained, involves a total reconstruction of the street, including curb and gutter. They would also make the whole street a uniform width, as there are places right now that are wider than others. With Option #1 they would also straighten out the water main. The estimated cost for this option is $377,286.69.

Option #2 would involve salvaging the curb and gutter that is there and patching the street. They would not change the width of the street at all. The estimated cost for this option is $321,987.60.

The city is waiting on having the sewer line on that street televised to check for any problems. There could be some additional cost if work is needed.

Donney said he would be more interested in going with Option #1 if they go ahead with the project this year.

Property owners on that street would be assessed for the project. The council gave Bonestroo the authorization to prepare the plans and specs for the project. A public hearing will be held before the meeting on January 12. At this time, the city can still decide to back out of the project. The plans and specs can always be used or when the project is completed at a later time if they decide to wait.

The council will also have to decide how much to assess to property owners. They will also decide how long to give people to pay off the assessment on their property taxes. Mayor Donney mentioned keeping the assessment amounts as low as possible, and maybe looking at low interest rates for the property owners.

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Lanesboro discusses possibilities with Health Reimbursement Account

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

A Public Hearing was held for the 2010 Budget and Tax Levy before the regular Lanesboro Council meeting on December 8. Nobody from the community came with any questions or concerns.

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman explained that Lanesbor ..... 
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Canton approves 2010 budget

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met Wednesday, December 2, 2009. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Donivee Johnson. In addition to Mayor Johnson, council members present were: Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Ross Duckett, Jon Nordsvin ..... 
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Aggen variance approved

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held on December 10 by the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment, after which they unanimously approved a variance for Lynn and Barb Aggen of Harmony. A variance was requested to build closer than the 1,000 foot setback from the s ..... 
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Clarification of public communication options

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners are continuing to gather information in order to make the best choice to comply with the 2013 narrowband mandate. Steve Borchardt, statewide radio board southern regional interoperability coordinator, along with Fil ..... 
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Wastewater plant in Fountain soon to begin operation

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The final details were worked out at the December 3 Fountain City Council meeting in preparation to get the wastewater treatment plant up and running. McGhie and Betts engineer Dave Morrill says the plant is tentatively scheduled to be put into oper ..... 
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City of Rushford Village council meeting

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Dale Schwanke, Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, and Elizabeth Atkinson. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney Thomas Manion, and Clerk Joy ..... 
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2010 budget and levy hearing

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The county board held a public hearing on the Fillmore County 2010 proposed budget and levy as required by state statute on December 1. County Coordinator Karen Brown noted the Minnesota legislature's requirement for a Truth in Taxation Hearing as a ..... 
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CUPs approved for EcoHarmony west wind and Scheevel feedlot

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

Another hurdle was crossed with the recommended approval of two Conditional Use Permits (CUP) for EcoHarmony West Wind, LLC, at the November 19 meeting of the Fillmore County Planning Commission.

Project Manager Don Miller, who has an office ..... 
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