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Spring Valley council concerned about jeopardizing federal grant


Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

City Administrator Deb Zimmer presented the first look of the proposed budget to Council on Monday night and the Preliminary Budget Comparison shows a decrease in many departments. Increases were shown in administration, going from $179,016.00 in 2010 to $184,810.00 in 2011.

Another increase was shown in city hall where new windows are planned, bringing the total from $17,100.00 to $18,000.00.

The police proposed budget increased from $275,470.00 in 2010 to $282,414.00 for next year.

Library also showed a slight increase. $162,602.00 in 2010 to $165,591.00 in 2011.

According to Zimmer, the 2011 preliminary levy totals $878,027 as compared to a levy of $880,344 last year. The preliminary levy shows $500,291 for general operation, $109,736 Library, $218,000 debt and $50,000 Industrial Park federal grant.

The levy will be approved at the next regular meeting.

The owner of Jech Excavating, Inc. appeared before the Council and responded to questions from the Council about the construction schedule for the Industrial Park. Council members are concerned that the work is lagging behind and this will put the federal grant for the project in jeopardy. Jech admitted things are going slow but said "We should turn the corner in the next couple of days." According to the construction schedule, work should be continuing on the water and sewer line on Kasten Drive and work begins on curb and gutter and driveway approaches on Tracy Road, begin sub grade prep on Kasten Drive and finish class 2 placement on Tracy Road.

Steve Jech said the rain and rock has slowed things done. If the schedule is on time, yard restoration on Tracy Road should be done the first week in September. The paving should begin on Tracy in October followed by paving of Kasten Drive and Sata Drive.

Jech indicated that the project should be getting back on schedule in the next few days. As a result Council approved Industrial Park Pay Estimate #3 in the amount of $117,598.00.

Council also approved a bill of $37,191.45 to Rochester Sand & Gravel. This was for paving on Main St. to Park St.

A bill for $8,358 was approved to Interstate Motor Trucks, Inc. for repair of a city truck.

Payment # 11 was approved to Road Constructors, Inc as final pay estimate on the Hudson/Courtland/Jefferson Project. The total was $101,388.89.

Department heads reported to the Council. Dianne Swenson-Sikkink of the library re .....
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Disputing utility bills in Wykoff

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government



The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Mike Holzer, Tim Grabau, Michele Hitchcock, Betty Niemeyer, Al Williams and Cheryl D ..... 
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Referendum will be the hot topic

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore Central School Board chose three meeting dates for times to meet with residents in Preston, Harmony, and Fountain. These meetings will be a chance for residents of these towns to ask questions and discuss the upcoming referendum the dis ..... 
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Ropes addresses Rushford city council

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Monday, August 23rd, council meeting began nearly 15 minutes late as council waited for the arrival of Mayor Chris Hallum and councilor Mark Honsey. City Administrator Windy Block was also notably absent. In familiar attendance was Senator Shar ..... 
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More belt tightening: is this the most responsible path?

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board finished scrutinizing each individual department's proposed budget for 2011 at their August 17 meeting, and the wisdom of continuing to tighten the belt in lieu of equipment replacement was a concern. Commissioners seemed t ..... 
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Fillmore County enters into Pilot Project to treat chemical dependency

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

The county board approved an agreement for Fillmore County's participation in the "State-County Chemical Health Care Home Pilot Project" at their August 10 meeting. The Region 10 southeast counties, including: Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mowe ..... 
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Burr Oak sidewalk

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

Chatfield City Clerk Joel Young explained the school district is prepared to work with the city to make a sidewalk a reality along Burr Oak Avenue starting at the school's driveway. The city council agreed at their August 9 meeting to pay for one-th ..... 
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Harmony approves EDA loans

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council discussed the progress of the third Street project at their regular meeting on August 10. They approved a payment to TLC Excavating for the work that has been completed so far. The first payment was for $43,048.

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Ostrander's curb repair

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn; all council members were present.

Motion by Thompson, and seconded by Kunert and unanimously carried to accept the consent agenda.
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