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Spring Valley Council hears audit findings, discusses vehicle ordinance


Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met at its newly scheduled time of 6 p.m. on March 23. All council members were present and approved minutes from their March 9, 2009 meeting as well as the final accounts payable report from March.

Tom Welti, representing Smith Shafer & Associates, LTD, was on hand to present the 2008 audit findings for the City of Spring Valley. After a brief presentation and some discussion, Welti stated that the city received a clean opinion on the audit.

The council also discussed a new ordinance that would put some restrictions on the number of vehicles allowed on off street parking for residential properties. City Administrator Deb Zimmer stated that she had checked with several other cities and after doing so, would recommend the ordinance limit no more than four motor vehicles be allowed to park outside residential properties. She then asked the council for more discussion on the topic. Mayor Struzyk stated that a public hearing would be scheduled at the next regular council meeting to hear comments from community members. A motion was made and seconded to hold a public hearing at next month's regularly scheduled council meeting.

Other Business

During reports from city department heads, Leonard Leutink stated that clean up is nearly complete on the former lumber yard property. He also stated that he had received several calls regarding pot holes in the city and that asphalt was being purchased and the job of filling pot holes would begin within the week. Leutink also stated that spring street sweeping had begun.

Diane Sikkink reported that the Library Board had met recently to conduct brainstorming on fundraising. She also stated that their annual report was completed and sent to the State. A special thank-you was given to A & W and Subway for donating gift certificates to the library to use as prizes for various activities. Sikkink stated that people seem to be aware of budget constraints and are willing to step up and offer assistance to the library.

John Fenske, representing Park and Recreation, stated that the new wading pool was being installed at the park and ball fields were being readied for the upcoming ball season. He also stated that a new, more equitable fee structure is being put into place for groups who rent the community center.

Troy Lange, representing the Fire Department, stated that Firefighter One classes are now complete.

Kevin Beck stated that bes .....
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Farm Service Agency News

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payment Program (SURE)

We still do not have procedure for this program. However, we do get questions on it so I will talk about what details we do know at this time. The 2008 Farm Bill created a trust fund whic ..... 
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Rushford ready to re-build Creekside Park

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

As citizens gear up to rebuild Rushford's landmark Creekside Park Playground in May, the decision was finalized at last Monday's city council meeting to place the new playground near where it previously stood.

"I don't really care where the ..... 
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County Board amends Zoning Ordinances

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County Zoning Administrator Chris Graves explained the proposed changes to the zoning ordinances to the county board at their March 24 meeting. The amendments had been recommended for approval by the Fillmore County Planning Commi ..... 
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Fire Department to kick in funds for fireworks

Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council had a light agenda at their March 13 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks announced that the Fire Department would raise $500 to make whole the contract amount for the Trout Day Fireworks. City Administrator Joe Hoffman had suggested a ..... 
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Lanesboro faces $900,000 in dam repairs

Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council met on March 16, and council member Joe O'Connor updated them on the Public Utilities meeting that was held earlier in the day. O'Connor showed the council the thick engineering report on the flood damage to the dam and hy ..... 
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Lanesboro dam found to be damaged by recent floods

Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

A just completed study of the Lanesboro dam has found "several locations of severe deterioration in the limestone blocks of the dam with excessive amounts of material missing."

The long awaited assessment was requested by the City after the f ..... 
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The future of the historic Forestville Bridge?

Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The dilemma facing Fillmore County as to the future of the Forestville Bridge #6263 has been brought to a boil with the recent discussion at the March 3 county board meeting to consider submitting a letter to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR ..... 
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Fillmore County Board discusses funding proposal

Mon, Mar 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen came prepared with possible alternative contracts to keep the beleaguered, yet still successful program alive at the March 10 County Board meeting. Fillmore County along with a few other counties no longer has state matching fun ..... 
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