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Spring Valley discusses Wetland Mitigation Area


Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

There was an extremely light agenda for the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday night. Minutes were approved from the previous meeting of January 24th and the February preliminary accounts payable was approved after review.

Every year the city council passes a resolution accepting the Liability Coverage Waiver Form from the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust. The city must decide whether or not to waive the statutory tort liability limits to the extent of the coverage purchased. The action by the council does not waive the monetary limits on municipal tort liability established by the Minnesota Statutes 466.04. City Administrator Deb Zimmer said, "You don't want to waive the monetary limits." The Council approved the action not waiving the monetary limits.

The council was presented a proposal from Arrowhead Environmental Consulting (AEC) to provide a cost estimate for Mitigation Wetland Monitoring for the Spring Valley Wetland Mitigation Area on the city farm. The description of the property is: "A part of the SE1/4, T103N, R13W. The monitoring will be for year two for a total of five years."

The Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act requires that wetlands constructed to replace wetland fill also replaces lost wetland functions and values." The proposal continued, "In order to ascertain the success with which replacement wetlands satisfy this requirement, it is required that replacement wetlands be regularly monitored for a period of up to five years. If at the end of that period the wetland satisfies the goals of the replacement plan, the Local Government Unit (LGU) and regulatory agencies shall certify that the construction specifications in the wetland replacement plan application have been met, ending the monitoring requirement."

During the second year AEC will take water level readings every week from the period of approximately April 1 through May 15, on or around June 1, and then every 30 days until October 1 of each year, a total of 12 visits. An analysis of the vegetation within the wetland and buffer areas will be performed in late May or early June and again in July or August.

For 2011, the services include items previously listed such as hydrology and vegetation monitoring, and herbicide costs are included in the budget along with mileage and printing costs. The total cost for this year is $2,750.

County zoning ordinance revision

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Planning Commission at their February 17 meeting recommended a language change in Section 606.01 which would remove Wykoff from the jurisdiction of the county ordinances pertaining to residential development.

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NTLC position filled

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

George Spangler, co-chair of the National Trout Learning Center Steering Committee, told Preston City Council members at their February 7 meeting that there had been nine applicants for the half-time position of Program Coordinator and Operations Ma ..... 
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County employees recognized for their service

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

The annual county employee recognition awards were presented at the board's February 8 meeting. Thirty-nine employees were recognized with a certificate noting their service to the county for five (14), ten (10), fifteen (6), twenty (3), twenty-five ..... 
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Chatfield's update on Flexible Learning Year

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, February 7th, 2011 for its regular monthly meeting with all of the board members present. Superintendent Edward Harris and both high school and elementary principals were also in attendance.

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February Peterson City Council Meeting

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

Mayor Jennifer Wood called to order the regular meeting of the Peterson City Council on Tuesday, February 1, 2011. Council members and others present included: Chuck Eidenschink, Jan Smaby, Bill Grindland, Lolly Melander, and Rick Lee. Guests presen ..... 
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AT&T discusses tower with Lanesboro City Council

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

By Jade Wangen

Several residents turned out for the Lanesboro City Council meeting on February 7. A public hearing was held for people who had questions or concerns about the cellular tower that AT&T had requested to construct in town on John ..... 
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Harmony City Council revisits TIF District during public hearing

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany, of David Drown Associates, was at the Harmony City Council meeting to explain the modifications to TIF District #1. There was a public hearing for the modifications, but there were no residents present.

Bubany explained that th ..... 
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CRV minutes January 4th

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The January 4, 2011 Regular Meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zoning Admi ..... 
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