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Spring Valley Council adjusts loan payback


Fri, Dec 12th, 2008
Posted in Government

High on the agenda of the December 8 Spring Valley City Council was the consideration of a proposal by Jeff Allman, President of the River Valley Partners, LLC currently operating the Commercial House Apartments. In a letter to the council, Allman requested that the Small Cities Development Program Rental Rehabilitation Loan Agreement that made this venture possible be re-examined and that the grant money payback be forgiven. This is part of the agreement that requires repayment if RVP sells the property before September 2011.

Allman cited struggles for both the City and RVP. Council members discussed the proposal to allow Allman an opportunity to amend RVP's corporate structure into a housing cooperative, which would own the building. In the end, it was agreed that the Council did not want to change the agreement, but would consent to a pro-rated payback schedule.

Snow Problems

The winter weather has been creating some headaches for residents near the new construction. Marilyn Olson appeared before the council to complain about the hill on south Hudson. During the recent snow cars were unable to make the hill near her house and several of them jumped the curb and ended up in her front yard. One of the vehicles broke her mailbox off but offered to fix it. One of the cars stopped less than 10 feet from her house. Council said that extra effort will go into sanding and salting the hill and to let them know if there is any further problem.

Other Business

• Bids were opened on rebuilding the swimming pool and putting on a new roof. The low bid of Aqua Logic, Inc from Waconia, MN was accepted. It was $134,000 for the pool and $44,920 for the roof. The funding for the pool roof came from the Reserve Fund and the pool funding was from the Park Fund.

• With the New Year comes salary increases to City Personnel. City Administrator Deb Zimmer announced that Full time personnel will receive a raise of .35 cents per hour and all employees will receive a donation of $500 to the employee's HRA Health Care Account.

• Making it official now is the action by the Council setting the total levy for the city for 2009 at $888,775. This is down from the $928,275 proposed levy certified by the County Auditor.

• Discussion was also held on two pieces of property that were examined under the category of "Review of Violations," of the City Junk Abatement Ordinance. One property owned by Jeff Sween an .....
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Rushford Council looks at tax swings

Fri, Dec 12th, 2008
Posted in Government

Taxes in Rushford have become akin to the weather: if you don't like them, stick around and they'll change. Sometimes wildly.

"Until we get things back to normal, it's going to take a few years" of some crazy swings, city administrator Windy ..... 
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County Board approves Harmony quarry

Fri, Dec 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Christopher Graves addressed the commissioners for the first time at their December 2 meeting. Chairman Randy Dahl welcomed County Attorney Brett Corson back from his year of service in Iraq.

The board conside ..... 
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City of Preston applies for Small Cities Rehabilitation Grant

Fri, Dec 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston EDA Director Cathy Enerson representing Southeast Minnesota Development Corporation (SEMDC) gave a presentation on the rehab grant at the city council's December 2 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman reported that the city has been invit ..... 
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Lanesboro council approves 2009 budget

Fri, Dec 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council approved the budget and levy for 2009 during their meeting on December 1. During the Public Hearing held before the regular meeting, there were no residents present with questions or concerns about the budget. T ..... 
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Rushford Council approves a slew of recommendations

Fri, Nov 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford city council heard a slew of recommendations from two of its commissions last Monday and approved all of them.

From the Planning Commission was what administrator Windy Block's newsletter referred to as one of those " ..... 
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Complaint filed over improper debris burning

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Kay Spangler attended the November 17 Preston City Council to explain her grievances about the demolition and burning of the debris from two homes. The debris was hauled to a pit area on the property of David and Rita Wilson on the west ed ..... 
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Planning Commission recommends approval of Harmony quarry

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

An over flow crowd spilled out of the commissioner's board room at the Fillmore County Planning Commission's November 20 meeting. Keith Bruening, Bruening Rock Products, Inc., Decorah, Iowa, had applied for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a rock ..... 
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Green Acre forms need to be returned

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Commissioner Duane Bakke made an announcement forewarning landowners with Green Acres at the board's November 18 meeting. Commissioner Stafford Hansen was absent.

Bakke stressed that one of the boxes must be checked on a form from ..... 
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