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Harmony Council discusses Community Center renovations


Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council meeting on February 12 included a lot of discussion on the upcoming projects needed at the Community Center, for the building itself as well as the parking lot and driveway.

The city is planning on putting two heating units into each room at the Community Center and eventually shut down the boilers altogether. They will also have to find a way to heat the gym and hallways. There are currently two rooms in the building with the PTAC heating units in them. City employees made a chart showing how much energy and money has been spent heating those rooms for December, and so far the units have proved to be cost-effective.

The council discussed ways to financing putting these units in every room, as well as the work done replacing the windows and reconstructing outside walls. The project will save the city a lot of energy costs in the long run. An architect from Bonestroo came and took pictures of the building. City Administrator Jerome Illg is working on an application for a loan from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), which helps out rural communities. The loan the city is seeking will be at 4.5 percent interest, and will include the cost of the parking lot renovations. Wanting to aim high rather than low, they are asking for $400,000 total.

"The reason we're going with USDA is to protect the reserves and manage cash flow," said council member Linda Grover. She added that the energy savings would help pay for the loan over time.

The estimate from Bonestroo for the parking lot work came in at $136,000. That price includes repaving the parking lot and the driveway, replacing the curb and gutter and sidewalk on the southeast corner and fixing water flow and drainage issues in the area. There would be a small section of gravel near the lot for runoff parking and for snow during snow removal.

Mayor Dave Kingsley brought up the option of having the pavement ground up and laid back down again. Illg had previously estimated this option at $50,000, but it did not include any catch basins. Illg stated that if they went with that option, the current curb and gutter would not match up, and would cause problems. Also, the water drainage problem would not get solved.

"Well it's not ideal," said council member Gerald Shuck. "But is it good enough?"

Shuck also mentioned cutting down the size of the project, getting the price under $50,000 so it would not have to be bid out, .....
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Moratorium on campgrounds ends

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig went over the proposed ordinance changes governing campground regulations with the county at their Tuesday meeting. The Fillmore County Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the amendments at th ..... 
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Public Hearing set for Hilltop Estates

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Ron Ziegler representing the City of Chatfield Economic Development Authority asked the county board at their February 5 meeting to consider scheduling a Public Hearing for the approval of a Tax Abatement to construct public improvements t ..... 
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Lanesboro fine tunes assessment policy

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council has been going through the new assessment policy and making some last minute changes before the public hearing on February 18. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman has been working with engineers at Yaggy Colby to come up w ..... 
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Preston council gives go ahead for new pumper truck

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
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Jerry Olson, Preston Fire Department, asked the Preston City Council to approve funding for their portion of responsibility toward the purchase of a new pumper truck at the February 4 meeting. Olson explained that the pumper to be replaced was thirt ..... 
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Spring Valley Council Report:CUP denied for LaPolice property

Fri, Feb 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council denied a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for Andre LaPolice at their January 28 meeting. The Spring Valley Planning and Zoning Commission had recommended the CUP, for the property located at 612 Huron Avenue, be denied at ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Hypersonic loan application on hold

Fri, Feb 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

Late on the agenda, at Monday's, January 28 council meeting, the council tackled an issue that was reviewed by the flood recovery loan committee and the EDA in recent weeks: Does a start-up business qualify for disaster recovery funds? Case in point ..... 
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Planning Commission approves campground changes

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Working well past 10:00 p.m. on Thursday night, January 24, the Fillmore County Planning Commission, cut and pasted last minute changes to the Zoning Ordinance regarding Campgrounds to send off to the County Board for ratification at their ..... 
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County accepts Bonestroo proposal for hazardous mitigation plan

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
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PRESTON - The Emergency Management Subcommittee recently interviewed three consultant firms to choose a contractor to develop a Hazard Mitigation Plan for Fillmore County. County Coordinator Karen Brown briefed the board on the committee meeting and ..... 
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