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Spring Valley is a "Storm Ready Community"


Fri, May 15th, 2009
Posted in Government

Mainly routine business at the May 11th Spring Valley City Council meeting Monday night. Todd Shea of the National Weather Service in LaCrosse was on the agenda to inform City officials that after years of work Spring Valley has been awarded the title of "Storm Ready Community." Shea talked about the efforts of everyone in Emergency Management and city officials in Spring Valley to make our community a safer place to live. He said that; "Spring Valley is identified by the National Weather Service in placing emphasis on communication and cooperation. "The accomplishments are the result of hard and diligent work in meeting all the goals of the title," said Shea. The Storm Ready status is good for three years and then must be updated to keep everyone current and to make sure the statement "Storm Ready" is a preparedness document that needs to be examined and changed as circumstances present themselves.

In other business, approval was given to Lee and Anne Kappers to hold a seasonal Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings from 9:00 - 11:00 in front of their store located at 128 North Broadway beginning May 23, 2009 through September 26, 2009.

The Council authorized the blocking of up to 6 parking stalls for the Farmer's Market.

The Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce has put in a request for an adjustment to the dispersal of funds for lodging in Spring Valley. The Chamber requested that they receive 95% of the $10,000 to be given to Historic Bluff Country. The City would receive the remaining 5% for administrative fee. The Council acted favorably and authorized the change.

The City received an award from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for efforts to protect the waters of Minnesota. For the period of October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008 "it was found that you met the criteria for recognition as an outstanding facility." A Certificate of Commendation recognized the City and the operating staff for the outstanding operation, maintenance, and compliance of wastewater treatment system.

Payment for Estimate #1 on the Wading Pool Project was made to Aqua Logic Inc. of Waconia, MN. The amount paid according to the agreement was $110,295. The amount remaining to be paid is $23,705.

The Spring Valley Ambulance Association made two donations to the City from Charitable Gambling funds. The first was $3,000 toward the purchase of a CO Oximeter which will be used to detect the level of Carbon Monoxide in the bloo .....
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Preston to update Land Use Plan

Fri, May 8th, 2009
Posted in Government



The Preston City Council's meeting was relatively brief on May 4. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained the purpose of a Land Use Plan for the city. The plan was last updated October 1999. The plan along with the zoning map and the land u ..... 
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Does Lanesboro need a siren?

Fri, May 8th, 2009
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's Street Superintendent and Fire Chief Andy Drake brought some matters to the attention of the City Council during their regular meeting on May 4.

Drake believes that an emergency siren needs to be placed near the Zenith Street are ..... 
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County preparedness for H1N1

Fri, May 8th, 2009
Posted in Government

Public Health Director Sharon Serfling provided information on the H1N1 influenza and recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus. She said they are not focusing on the number of confirmed cases as much as the effort to contain them. There ar ..... 
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Rushford City Council attacks full agenda with full audience

Fri, May 1st, 2009
Posted in Government

With an ambitiously long agenda, and a packed house of spectators, the Rushford City Council held its regular bi-monthly meeting April 27.

Three public hearings were scheduled, and no doubt the nearly fifty spectators were hoping their dinne ..... 
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County asks for reconsideration for Forestvile Historic Meighen Store Site

Fri, May 1st, 2009
Posted in Government

The board approved a carefully worded letter to be sent to the Director of the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS), Nina Archabal, and to our legislators at the board's April 28 meeting. The MHS proposes to close the site as of July 1, 2009. This is ..... 
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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 addi ..... 
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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
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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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