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Preston street construction to begin in August


Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Michael Lynch of Bonestroo and Associates reported on the project plans and specifications for the 2008 street improvements at a public hearing held during the June 16 Preston City Council meeting. The three proposed projects include Industrial Drive, Chatfield Avenue, and portions of Mill Street and St. Anthony Street at their junction.

Lynch estimated the total project costs to be $198,107.25. About $58,116 will be assessed and $139,990 (70.7%) will be the city's responsibility. The school district will be assessed for some of the reconstruction of Chatfield Avenue and the 5 foot wide sidewalk along Chatfield Avenue. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said that the improvements will benefit the school and improve safety for the students.

City council member Jon Haugan asked if the work on Chatfield Avenue would be completed before school begins in the fall. Mayor Kurt Reicks requested that it be made a priority. Lynch thought that it could be done.

Construction is expected to begin in early August and be substantially completed by the middle of September for all three areas. The council accepted the project plans and authorized the letting of bids.

Flood Update

Joe Hoffman commented that information packets and surveys were delivered by city staff to residents. Twenty-three surveys were returned representing sixty-one citizens. The surveys detailed damages residents sustained from the flooding on June 7 and 8. Residents listed basement flooding, some with finished basements, and damage to household equipment like furnaces. He said that the damages in Preston would total about $200,000. The total damage for Fillmore County would be about $2.6 million. Hoffman suggested that these losses combined with those in Houston County will total enough to qualify for federal dollars.

Public Works Director Bill Cox reported that staff is still evaluating damage to streets and alleys which lost a lot of rock. Cox accompanied by someone from Bonestroo will check roads, storm and sanitary sewers later this week. Cox remarked, "Overall, we fared very well."

Hoffman commended the work of city employees and the fire department for their efforts dealing with the flood and recovery. City councilman Heath Mensink added that 30 basements were pumped out. Cox added that from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Monday, June 9, there was a tremendous change with the help of volunteers.

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Lanesboro begins clean-up

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Government

Like many communities in Fillmore County, Lanesboro was affected by the recent heavy rains. Water in the park forced the city to hold Art in the Park elsewhere on June 15, and there were people who had flooding in their basements. At their regular m ..... 
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Rushford flood loan requests exceed funds

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

There's not enough money left in the flood recovery bucket to meet all outstanding requests; that was what the Rushford city council learned at its June 9 regular meeting.

The news came after Mayor Ladewig acknowledged the city's concern and ..... 
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Harmony Council deals with flooding problems

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

Recent storms in the area and water problems throughout the town made for a lot of discussion at the Harmony City Council meeting on June 10. City employee Chris Johnson explained what happened with the excess water flowing through the wastewater tr ..... 
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Spring Valley Council revisits Junk Ordinance

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night, June 9, and devoted the majority of time to discussing the Junk Ordinance, which requires homeowners to clean up junk on their properties. This normally consists of tires, unlicensed vehicles, long ..... 
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Lanesboro Council turns down loan relief request for St. Manes

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

Ted St. Mane and his brothers Chuck and Jeff approached the Lanesboro City Council on June 2 to ask for relief in relation to loans administered by the city. The buildings that they owned were completely destroyed in the arson fire in 2002, and they ..... 
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Preston Council updates designated funds

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met for a very short meeting on June 2.  Councilmen Robert Sauer and Jon Haugan were absent.  City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that following the audit the city staff reviewed the funds and suggested some c ..... 
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State legislation has negative affect on Fillmore County

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Social Service Director Thomas Boyd reviewed the concerns the recent legislative session raised for Fillmore County at the June 3 county board meeting. He noted a reduction in grants by 1.8%.

The county receives about $822,000 in ..... 
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Harmony City Council gets creative in financing community center projects

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - The Harmony City Council discussed a few more options for financing the community center and parking lots projects that are coming up this summer at the May 27th meeting. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates was there to explain the optio ..... 
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