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Citizens plead for plowed walking trails


Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Kathy Jetson and Marcia Ptacek made clear their wish to have the city maintain part of the trail at Spring Creek Park during the winter to allow for walking at the Spring Valley City Council's November 10 meeting. Councilmen Jeff Vehrenkamp and Jason Holland were absent.

During the last meeting of the council on October 27 there had been a misunderstanding and the women were not there to plead their case. At that meeting the council had voted unanimously not to plow the trails unless there was funding available for that work and more interest from city residents.

The women insisted that there is no place in that area for residents to walk their dogs or for seniors to walk other than in the street when there is heavy snow cover. They argued that cross country skiers have areas out in the country to ski and don't need the use of the trails. Jetson insisted that the streets in winter are rough and dirty for walking. She said that a lot of people would use the trails for walking in the winter and that the only thing she was requesting was for there to be a clean place to walk.

Park and Recreation Director John Fenske suggested that the Community Center is open in the morning for people wishing to walk. Jetson asked if the center allows for dogs. Fenske conceded that it doesn't. Jetson said that they weren't asking for the snow to be removed to the blacktop surface just skimmed off and made walkable. Fenske maintained if snow was left the trail snowmobiles would use the trail and damage the blacktop even though their use is prohibited on the trail.

Mayor Jim Struzyk wanted the city staff to check on the policy of other cities and to find out what the work would cost the city. Councilman Bill Bires said that for him the cost was the main reason to not plow the trails. The issue will be on the agenda again at the November 24 meeting.

Other Business

• A resolution was passed to allow the city to apply for a grant for Business Development Infrastructure. The maximum possible from the grant would be $250,000.

• City Administrator Deb Zimmer explained that local units of government and the county have put together the Fillmore County Hazard Mitigation Plan which has been accepted by FEMA. The council passed a resolution adopting the plan.

• A resolution was passed accepting the November 4 election results for the city.

• The city will advertise for bids for the p .....
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County Board denies Moulton Rezoning Application

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At their November 4 regular meeting the Fillmore County Board unanimously approved a resolution denying the rezoning request from agricultural to industrial requested by Dan Moulton of Chatfield Township. Zoning Administrator Norman Craig ..... 
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Entrepreneurship grant discussed

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Lanesboro City Council member Joe O'Connor spoke at the council meeting on November 3 about the TMI Group meeting he attended recently. The city received a TMI Grant for Entrepreneurship in the amount of $15,000 this spring.

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Preston Council sets Assessment Hearing for 2008

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council breezed through a light agenda at their November 3 meeting. Robert Sauer was absent. A resolution setting the assessment hearing for Thursday November 20 was approved. The hearing will be combined with the regular second mon ..... 
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Spring Valley Council discusses winter trails

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

Mostly routine business was on the agenda for the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Oct. 27, 2008. There was discussion concerning the maintenance of the trails through the city during the winter. A resident had asked if the city could remove th ..... 
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Rushford City Council discusses hardware store

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

At its meeting on October 27, the Rushford City Council wasted little time in approving all variance requests by Rushford Hardware owners Greg and Kim Norstad to pave the way for them to build their new store directly south of Rushford Foods.

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Shoreland mapping project for SE Minnesota

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Ross Hoffman, Cannon River Partnership, instructed the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners on the details of the shoreland mapping project at their October 28 meeting. His job in part is to educate elected officials and the public and t ..... 
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Capital improvement projects going smoothly

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Capital Improvement projects in Lanesboro are moving along smoothly, according to City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman. The new floors and heaters at the fire hall are completed, as well as the curb and gutter at Maple Drive and Whittier ..... 
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Preston to start flood buyout program

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council voted at their Monday, October 20 meeting, to begin the buyout of flood affected homes in South Preston along the Root River. City Administrator Joe Hoffman and councilman Robert Sauer recently ranked twelve proper ..... 
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