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Spring Valley City Council pursuing large grant for industrial park expansion


Fri, May 1st, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council meeting started off on a very positive note. Before any other business was conducted Mayor Struzyk announced that the Federal Grant submitted by Administrator Deb Zimmer has advanced through the review process and additional information has been requested from the City. The grant process now advances another step and hopefully final approval will be granted. The grant is $897,875 and will be used for the Industrial Park Expansion project. Zimmer is working with Bryan Holt of Yaggy Colby to provide the additional information.

A small crowd gathered in the Council room to voice their opinions on the proposed change in the parking ordinance. The change, if passed, would limit the off street parking on residential properties to one more vehicle than the number of licensed drivers that live in the household. The proposal continued that motor vehicles parked within a garage or other permanent enclosed structure attached to a foundation shall be excluded. Campers and boats are excluded from the vehicle.

The Mayor noted the people that wanted the change haven't been at any meetings to voice their input. Deputy Kevin Beck stepped forward and said that something has to be done to deal with these cars on private property. "Help us (Sheriff's Department) to enforce the junk ordinance and if not then something needs to be done," continued Beck.

It became clear that some people were talking parking, others the junk ordinance and how ineffective that is. The Mayor agreed with Beck; "We need to enforce the junk ordinance because we continue to put off action for a week, then a month, some longer." Trying to get everyone on board with the parking ordinance proposal kept the Mayor on the defensive. "Overnight parking permits are ridiculous," said one resident. "Why change the law when the current one isn't enforced?" said another. Lending a lighter side to the questioning, it was asked if everyone will need to register the number of driver's in the house. After several minutes of discussion the proposed change was brought up and unanimously voted down. The junk ordinance remains the same. Bires, Archer and Dessner stated that the junk ordinance must be stiffer and violations need to be dealt with immediately.

Park Director John Fenske reported that the current shortage on the pool project is $5,100 after $2,000 in fundraising from $7,100. Gambling funds will be used as well to help defray some of the costs. F .....
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Rushford deliberates over motel location

Fri, Apr 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

Even though the agenda included a discussion of over $10 million in street, sewer and water improvements needed in the city, arguably the most anticipated discussion at the Rushford City Council meeting April 13 was the EDA recommendation to approve ..... 
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Preston supports funding Forestville Historic Site

Fri, Apr 24th, 2009
Posted in Government



City Administrator Joe Hoffman informed the Preston City Council at their April 20 meeting that the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) had eliminated funding for three historic sites in the state including the Forestville Meighen site. State ..... 
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Rushford deliberates over motel location

Tue, Apr 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

Even though the agenda included a discussion of over $10 million in street, sewer and water improvements needed in the city, arguably the most anticipated discussion at the April 13 Rushford City Council meeting was the EDA recommendation to approve ..... 
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Rushford looking at $10.3 million for infrastructure improvements

Tue, Apr 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

"You've got 10.3 million dollars worth of improvements you're going to have to do sometime," said engineer John Stewart about Rushford infrastructure to the city council at its regular meeting Monday, April 13.

Water mains and sewer pipes-well ..... 
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WALZ, OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DISCUSS HIGH SPEED RAIL

Mon, Apr 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

(Rochester, MN) - Today, Congressman Walz and Obama Administration Official Mark Yachmetz, Associate Administrator of Railroad Development at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) held a roundtable discussion at the Rochester Area Chamber of Comm ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council looks at parking restrictions

Fri, Apr 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

It was a very short City Council meeting on Monday night. The main item of discussion was a proposed Resolution imposing additional parking restrictions.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer presented the proposal which would define the number of ..... 
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Harmony Council receives audit report

Fri, Apr 17th, 2009
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The Harmony City Council approved the audit for 2008 as completed by Smith Schafer and Associates. This is the second year they have done the audit for the city. Ben Turnquist and Jason Boynton presented the audit to the council at their reg ..... 
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County recognizes Child Protection Month

Fri, Apr 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Social Service Director Thomas Boyd and county employees that work child abuse cases informed the board as to the increase in abuse cases at the board's April 7 meeting. Working through child abuse cases can involve cooperation between social worker ..... 
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