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Lanesboro council accepts street bids


Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

The city of Lanesboro has accepted bids for the projects that will be done this summer and fall on Whittier Street and Maple Drive. Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby presented the council with the bids at the regular meeting on July 21.

SL Contracting, Inc. out of Rochester had the lowest bid of $40,415.50 for Whittier Street and $110,110.50 for Maple Drive.

Dombrovski explained that prices had gone up since the preliminary hearing. Pavement has gone way up with the price of oil rising, and the duct piping has gone up drastically over the last couple of months. He recommended switching to plastic pipes, which would save about $25-30,000, since there is about 1,700 feet of water main in the project. Although the prices have gone up, the low bid is still within the engineer's estimate.

Right now the bituminous cost is at $77 a ton. Dombrovski explained that they could place the base course on the street now and put on the final 1 1?2 inches next spring to accommodate any settling over the winter. However, the cost will be $87 a ton next year.

City employee Andy Drake recommended that they put the final lift on the pavement in the spring, as Zenith Street has had some problems due to settling.

Before Dombrovski spoke, Robert Thompson spoke to the council about the Whittier Street project. He asked if the Utility Board had been in on the decision to do the project, and City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman assured him that it had been a joint decision based on several joint meetings.

Thompson stated the streets in the Brooklyn part of town all are in need of repair. He made the recommendation that the city shelf the Whittier Street project, which is going to cost almost a half-million dollars for four blocks, and work on Brooklyn instead. He added that things may get cheaper in the next few years if the city waited to see what happens with the economy.

Council member Tom Dybing said they have been talking about these projects for years and placed a high priority on Whittier. Drake mentioned that he has worked many times on Whittier due to water problems and the street is in dire need of repair. He added that Thompson was right, that the other streets were in bad shape as well.

Other Business

Vickerman said she met with a representative from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and thoroughly went through all of the damage, hours worked, volunteers and needed repairs in town due .....
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Board of Adjustment looks into park model camper issue

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - David Swanson of Cannon Falls came before the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment at their Thursday, July 24 meeting to ask the board for a reversal of a Zoning Administrator's decision not to allow Swanson to have a park model style campe ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council approves annexation

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council took action on Monday night (July 14) that will result in the City limits being extended several acres to the northwest. The Council approved a joint resolution for Orderly Annexation with Spring Valley Township. The p ..... 
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Winona Health clinic to stay in Rushford

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Winona Health will continue its clinic operation in Rushford, according to Brad Lenertz, Winona Physicians Clinics Administrator.

Lenertz spoke at the July 14 regular meeting at the Rushford city council, answering a question that ..... 
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Preston Council concerned over Forestville Bridge closure

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Mayor Kurt Reicks raised the issue of the bridge closure to vehicle traffic on county road 118 at Forestville State Park at the July 7 Preston City Council meeting. Robert Sauer was absent.

Reicks explained that the bridge sustaine ..... 
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Budget cuts impact role of public defenders

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Judge Robert Benson discussed the state cut back of funding for the Public Defender Office with the Fillmore County Board at their July 8 meeting. Benson explained that public defenders will no longer provide service for parents with Child ..... 
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Harmony looks into lift station problems

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Harmony residents have some concerns about what is going on with the north lift station that seemed to be the cause of the sewer issues during the heavy rains on June 7-8. During that storm Harmony received more than eight inches of rain, and many p ..... 
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Lanesboro Museum asks city for help

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Speaking for the Lanesboro Historical Museum in Lanesboro, Jim Ostrem approached the city council with a request at the regular meeting July 7.

First, Ostrem invited the council to come to the museum for a free guided tour so th ..... 
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Septic system inspection required before sale

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig discussed with the county board the enforcement of the Point of Sale Ordinance at the board's July 1 meeting. He noted that the ordinance has been on the books for about a year. It says that "before a pers ..... 
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