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Speeding concerns in Chatfield


Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers received approval at Chatfield's October 26 council meeting to purchase four 30-mile per hour speed limit signs to be installed along Hillside Drive. Mayor Les Knutson acknowledged the public's concern about both speeding and jake breaking on the road from Hwy 52 to the new elementary school.

Knutson said the city needs to keep school children safe. He expects it might be necessary to install speed bumps. Knutson suggested some people will have difficulty keeping their speed at 30 miles per hour coming down the hill. Speed limit signs will be a start.

City Attorney Fred Suhler questioned whether the city could install the signs without a study by MnDot. He suggested someone in district 6 for MnDot be called so a study could be done if they require it. Suhler added that just because the road is within the city limits doesn't necessarily mean it is a 30-mile per hour zone. He pointed to the lack of residences along the road.

The councilors voted to go ahead and buy the signs while Suhler's concerns are explored.

Auditor Proposal Accepted

The councilors accepted a proposal submitted by Smith Schafer and Associates to do the city's audits for three years through 2011. The city staff recommended approval of the proposal for the firm, which has been conducting the audit for the past two years.

The city will be paying $14,500 in 2009 for the audit which is an increase of $2,900 over 2008. There will be an additional increase of $1,000 in 2010 and another $1,000 increase in 2011 for a total of $16,500.

Other Business in Brief

• Chief Shane Fox requested approval of a two-week training costing $600 for Officer Milliander, which will be offered by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension starting on January 25, 2010, in St. Paul. The D.A.R.E. officer training would allow Milliander to teach D.A.R.E. as an accredited officer for the Chatfield School District. Fox said it was important to have a Chatfield officer do the training for continuity. The program has been taught since 1996.

• City Clerk Joel Young explained an eligibility study for Potter Auditorium, being completed by Robert Vogel's firm, is part of the preservation plan and will cost $5,000. Donations will provide $4,000. The council authorized the city to provide $1,000. The goal is to get Potter on the National Historic Registry which will help in funding the renovation of Potter.

CUP approval for wind tower?

Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government



A conditional use permit approval was recommended by the Fillmore County Planning Commission at their October 15 meeting for a noncommercial wind tower for Thomas and Theresa Warren, Spring Valley township. Theresa Warren said they had decid ..... 
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Mabel City Council meeting

Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government



The regular meeting of the Mabel City Council met Wednesday, October 14, 2009, with acting Mayor Brian Street calling the meeting to order. Council members present were: Brian Street, Terry Torkelson, Tracy Benson, Kirsten Wyffels, and City ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses Recovery Zone bond

Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held before the regular Lanesboro City Council meeting on October 19. The meeting was in regards to the Junk Ordinance letters that were recently sent to residents that were in violation of the ordinance.

Jon Wilford was ..... 
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Snyder/Ristau lawsuit against Preston and DNR

Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government



Most of the Preston City Council meeting held Tuesday, October 20, was closed to the public to discuss with their attorney, David Joerg, the complaint which was recently filed by the Snyder/Ristau attorney, Larry Peterson. A lawsuit was file ..... 
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Rushford's Mayoral race heating up

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

In recent back to back interviews, incumbent Mayor Les Ladewig and challenger Chris Hallum were asked a series of questions by Fillmore County Journal publisher Jason Sethre. The interviews were conducted by video so as to capture not only each cand ..... 
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Rushford's Mayoral race heating up

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

In recent back to back interviews, incumbent Mayor Les Ladewig and challenger Chris Hallum were asked a series of questions by Fillmore County Journal publisher Jason Sethre. The interviews were conducted by video so as to capture not only each cand ..... 
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Canton's liquor licenses

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government



The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met Wednesday, October 7, 2009, with acting Mayor Cindy Shanks calling the meeting to order. Those present were: Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Ross Duckett, Lolly Melander, and Jon Nordsving. The min ..... 
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Rushford, 2009 Municipal improvement projects

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a relatively short meeting, Tuesday, October 13th, the council proceeded to tie up paperwork with the loan application for 2009 Municipal Improvement Projects.

The completed PFA (Public Facilities Authority) loan application indicates tha ..... 
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