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Does Lanesboro need a siren?


Fri, May 8th, 2009
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's Street Superintendent and Fire Chief Andy Drake brought some matters to the attention of the City Council during their regular meeting on May 4.

Drake believes that an emergency siren needs to be placed near the Zenith Street area. In case of bad weather, it is very hard to hear the sirens out in that area. He would like to look into erecting a siren that could go on a pole where the water tower is and get some prices. He would have to talk with Ace Telephone as the sirens go through the telephone lines. Council member Joe O'Connor, acting as the Mayor, agreed that it was a good idea.

Drake also asked the council to take another look at the Ox Trail Road. He stated that if there was a fire in that area, they would not be taking their big trucks on that road, as it is not safe. They would have to go around, or possibly use the trail during the summer months.

O'Connor said there has been extensive discussion about that road over the past few years. Right now it is marked as a minimum maintenance road, and Drake said it is getting narrower.

Council member Ceil Allen asked who decides if a road is too dangerous to pass, and what is then done about it. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman said it is up to the city to decide that. City Attorney Tom Manion said if the city does ever decide that, they need to just close the road. Vickerman added that the people who live in the area would not approve of closing the road.

Drake also asked about the city maintaining Zenith, which is a township road. "As a taxpayer, I don't see why we should pay to plow and grade that road," he said. He added that the city has been dealing with this for eighteen years.

Manion explained that years ago Carrolton Township talked about giving that road to the city, as they did not have any properties on that road that paid taxes, and therefore no income from the road. Manion said the township never actually relinquished the road to the city, and there needs to be some discussion with them again.

O'Connor said that a lot of things have changed on that road over the years, and now there are people on that road paying taxes to the township. He suggested they get all of the facts and try to come up with an amicable solution.

Drake requested a drive-through with council members sometime in the next month, as he wants to show them some problems with certain streets. He mentioned the work on Whittier Street and Maple wit .....
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County preparedness for H1N1

Fri, May 8th, 2009
Posted in Government

Public Health Director Sharon Serfling provided information on the H1N1 influenza and recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus. She said they are not focusing on the number of confirmed cases as much as the effort to contain them. There ar ..... 
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Rushford City Council attacks full agenda with full audience

Fri, May 1st, 2009
Posted in Government

With an ambitiously long agenda, and a packed house of spectators, the Rushford City Council held its regular bi-monthly meeting April 27.

Three public hearings were scheduled, and no doubt the nearly fifty spectators were hoping their dinne ..... 
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County asks for reconsideration for Forestvile Historic Meighen Store Site

Fri, May 1st, 2009
Posted in Government

The board approved a carefully worded letter to be sent to the Director of the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS), Nina Archabal, and to our legislators at the board's April 28 meeting. The MHS proposes to close the site as of July 1, 2009. This is ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council pursuing large grant for industrial park expansion

Fri, May 1st, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council meeting started off on a very positive note. Before any other business was conducted Mayor Struzyk announced that the Federal Grant submitted by Administrator Deb Zimmer has advanced through the review process and addi ..... 
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Rushford deliberates over motel location

Fri, Apr 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

Even though the agenda included a discussion of over $10 million in street, sewer and water improvements needed in the city, arguably the most anticipated discussion at the Rushford City Council meeting April 13 was the EDA recommendation to approve ..... 
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Preston supports funding Forestville Historic Site

Fri, Apr 24th, 2009
Posted in Government



City Administrator Joe Hoffman informed the Preston City Council at their April 20 meeting that the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) had eliminated funding for three historic sites in the state including the Forestville Meighen site. State ..... 
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Rushford deliberates over motel location

Tue, Apr 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

Even though the agenda included a discussion of over $10 million in street, sewer and water improvements needed in the city, arguably the most anticipated discussion at the April 13 Rushford City Council meeting was the EDA recommendation to approve ..... 
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Rushford looking at $10.3 million for infrastructure improvements

Tue, Apr 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

"You've got 10.3 million dollars worth of improvements you're going to have to do sometime," said engineer John Stewart about Rushford infrastructure to the city council at its regular meeting Monday, April 13.

Water mains and sewer pipes-well ..... 
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