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Spring Valley approves new generator for utilities


Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council took action Monday night, August 11, 2008 to help finance a new generator for Public Utilities. There were two resolutions passed that pave the way for financing one million dollars as half of the total cost. One resolution authorized Utility Bond Sales and the other resolution would permit entering a cooperative agreement with other cities in the power cooperative. Financial consultant Mike Bubaney said that he had approached banking institutions in Spring Valley and none of them felt they could make a one million dollar loan either singly or collectively, so financing was sought through an association with other cities. The total cost of the generator project is $2,003,950 with $1,000,000 coming as a cash contribution from Utilities and a Bond issue for $1,000,000 at an interest rate not to exceed 4.6% or $387,271 in interest.

Bidding Policy

The Council also adopted a Policy for Bidding and/or Obtaining Quotes. It outlines a step by step procedure to purchase items:

If the proposed purchase is in the budget and it's between $2,000 and $25,000 at least two quotes need to be obtained before the purchase can be made. Unbudgeted purchases in that same range need two quotes and approval by the City Council before purchasing.

Between $25,000 and $50,000 bids/quotes will be solicited and given to the Council for approval.

Budgeted or Unbudgeted Purchases over $50,000 will be let out to bid under State Statutes.

Industrial Expansion

Coming up at the September 8th meeting of the Council there will be a public hearing on the Preliminary Report of the Industrial Expansion Improvements for 2009. The hearing will deal with issues surrounding the extension of Sanitary Sewer, Storm Sewer, retaining ponds and street construction. If the Council decides to go ahead with the project, bids will be let in the first quarter of 2009 with construction next summer.

Other Business

• All the plans for Wilder Days seem to be coming together. All of the events promise to be crowd pleasers with a Soapbox Derby, and Parade, just two of the attractions.

• The Mayor presented a check from Waste Management to Natalie Klevan at the meeting. The Green Team check is a reward for the recycling efforts of area residents. The $588 will be for the Kingsland Band program.

Spring Valley sells lots at industrial park

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in special session on Friday afternoon. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the recent negotiations the City has had with property owners at the Industrial Park.

Within the last week Larry Kappers ha ..... 
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POET Biorefining TIF decertified

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council approved a resolution decertifying the ethanol plant Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) at their August 4 meeting.  City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that the TIF was to run out on December 31, 2007 ..... 
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County Board struggles to trim budget

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County Board members slogged through proposed budgets from several departments in a long day at their Tuesday, August 5, meeting. The board is faced with cutting and trimming a hundred here and several thousand there in order to s ..... 
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Spring Valley council negotiating sale of annexed lots

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLELY - Within days after the city of Spring Valley annexed the property on the west side of the city known as the Kasten Farm, city officials were negotiating the sale of three lots to a local storage/manufacturing company.

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Rushford Council meets with auditors

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The July 28 meeting of the Rushford City Council was eerily close to "business as usual" for this group that has been accustomed to dramatic, often difficult decisions over the past year.

Thomas Wente from Smith, Schafer and Assoc ..... 
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Harmony refinances Heritage Grove bonds

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates was at the Harmony City Council meeting on July 29 to discuss some options the city has regarding refinancing for Heritage Grove.

In 2001, the EDA (Economic Development Authority) issued bonds ..... 
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Hazard Mitigation Plan moves forward

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Emergency Management Director Deborah Teske and Bonestroo representative Corey Raymond presented the completed Fillmore County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan to the commissioners for public review at the county board's July 29 meeting. No one ..... 
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Zoning Administrator Norm Craig to resign in November

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Long time Zoning Administrator Norman Craig submitted his letter of resignation to the Fillmore County Board at their July 22 meeting. Craig has served the people of the county for twenty-four years and plans to retire on November 27, 2008 ..... 
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