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Chatfield scrutinizes dollars spent


Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council, with a relatively light agenda, takes a harder look at the cost of projects at their May 10 meeting. Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Darryl Haner presented the council with two bids to rehab five manholes. He explained that McGhie and Betts did a Sewer Collection System Study about 10 years ago. Forty-five sewer manholes were identified as in need of repair. Haner encouraged the council to rehab four or five manholes annually until all have been repaired.

Councilor Ken Jacobson suggested Haner come back in the next few months with a plan of how to incorporate a regular program into the budget.

The five manholes Haner recommended for rehab this year include two located on State Hwy 30 which is scheduled to be overlayed this year, probably in July. The two bids are significantly different both in the amount and kind of work to be performed and the cost. Haner recommended the high quote from Infratech Technologies, Rogers, Minnesota. He pointed out that their repair method would last much longer as they would repair the structural integrity of the manhole and that they were willing to help determine future costs to the city to maintain the infrastructure. Haner insisted the more thorough job would not only last 10 to 15 years longer but protect the city from liability claims. He said the worst case scenario would be a cave in which would require digging up the street in order to repair the structure.

Councilor Josh Thompson argued that there needed to be questions answered before dishing out money for something that was not budgeted for. Haner pointed out that the city had saved money on the cleaning of the reed beds. The job estimate was for $27,000 and the company ended up billing the city for only about $15,000. City Clerk Joel Young commented later in the meeting that the cleaning of the reed beds went well, both with the work and financially. He said it helps to have a good working relationship. Young said he couldn't remember a bill coming in that much under the estimate.

Young said the city has never had a regular program for maintenance of the manholes and it would be good to develop a regular repair program. He said the council isn't going to get quotes that are for identical work to fairly compare cost.

Councilor Ginny Engle said paying a little more to get the job done right could cost less in the end. Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers insisted patching manho .....
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Road blocks to Eagle Cliff Trail Spur

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Government

Emily Spende, Eagle Cliff Campground, discussed the progress toward building a bicycle trail annex from Eagle Cliff to the Whalan Bridge at the county board's May 11 meeting. Last year serious efforts to build a spur were set into motion in the inte ..... 
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Garbage trucks ruining Lanesboro streets and alleys

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council listened to a few requests and concerns from Andy Drake on behalf of the street department during their meeting on May 3. Drake presented the council with some bids for rock. One was from Bruening Rock Products in Decorah ..... 
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Rushford Village discusses campground location

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

The April 20, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Public Works-Maint ..... 
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43 Fillmore County non-profit organizations in jeopardy of losing tax-exempt status

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

According to the Minnesota Council of Non-profits, accessible at www.mncn.org, a list of 7,536 nonprofit organizations in the state of Minnesota are on the verge of losing their tax-exempt status.

By midnight on May 15, any group that has no ..... 
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Preston's new parking ordinance, June 1

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

After much discussion over the last few months, the city council put the final touches on their new parking ordinance at the May 3 meeting. A resolution was adopted to establish parking zones for semi tractors and semi tractor trailers. Parking will ..... 
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County board continues telecommuting experiment

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

Two employees in the social services department have been working at least in part at home through telecommuting. Community Services Director Tom Boyd reported on the trial program at the board's May 4 meeting. He noted the set up expense for the co ..... 
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Mayors: Communities are at stake

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

Devastating, disproportionate and irresponsible. That's how Minnesota city leaders characterized Governor Tim Pawlenty's latest round of proposed cuts to local government aid (LGA). Mayors from across the state met in St. Paul today to reject the go ..... 
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County takes tentative steps toward ARMER

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen, at the county board's April 27 meeting, discussed where Fillmore County is in the process of inching toward ARMER interoperability. Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) was created by the Minnesota legislature in ..... 
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