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Spring Valley Council revisits Junk Ordinance


Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night, June 9, and devoted the majority of time to discussing the Junk Ordinance, which requires homeowners to clean up junk on their properties. This normally consists of tires, unlicensed vehicles, long grass, old machinery parts, etc. Five properties were discussed Monday. They are located on Anson Avenue, Warner, W. Jefferson, Park Street and Center Avenue.

Most of the property owners were present to plead their case on the problems they are having complying with the ordinance. For the most part it was a shortage of money and time to restore some of the "unlicensed classic cars" that are in various stages of being "restored". After reviewing the alleged problems, the Council decided to give four of the five a reprieve of two weeks to bring the issues up to compliance with the ordinance or the property will be cleaned up by the city and the costs put on their taxes.

This is not the first time for complaints on many of the same pieces of property and the council recognized the difficulty in even describing which pieces of alleged "Junk" were there recently or imported after they removed them a year ago. The final piece of property was given a passing grade for improvements done on his property since last year. At any rate, in two weeks at the next meeting, the council will wrestle with the issue once again.

Downtown Parking

Another issue that will be discussed again at the next meeting will be parking in the downtown area of Spring Valley. Currently the parking ordinance restricts parking during the late evening and early morning hours. Several property owners from businesses on Broadway suggested that rather than prohibiting parking every night on the street downtown to post signs saying "No Parking" on certain nights throughout the month. Some people say it is unfair that residential parking is permitted in the rest of the city and not downtown where renters in second floor apartments are forced to park behind their stores. The Council will begin their meeting an hour early in two weeks so full attention can be paid to this issue.

Firefighter Pension Increase

The only other item on the agenda was the approval to increase the Fire Fighter Pension from $1,350 per year to $1,410 per year.

Lanesboro Council turns down loan relief request for St. Manes

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

Ted St. Mane and his brothers Chuck and Jeff approached the Lanesboro City Council on June 2 to ask for relief in relation to loans administered by the city. The buildings that they owned were completely destroyed in the arson fire in 2002, and they ..... 
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Preston Council updates designated funds

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met for a very short meeting on June 2.  Councilmen Robert Sauer and Jon Haugan were absent.  City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that following the audit the city staff reviewed the funds and suggested some c ..... 
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State legislation has negative affect on Fillmore County

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Social Service Director Thomas Boyd reviewed the concerns the recent legislative session raised for Fillmore County at the June 3 county board meeting. He noted a reduction in grants by 1.8%.

The county receives about $822,000 in ..... 
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Harmony City Council gets creative in financing community center projects

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - The Harmony City Council discussed a few more options for financing the community center and parking lots projects that are coming up this summer at the May 27th meeting. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates was there to explain the optio ..... 
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Rushford Council works toward June 6 flood loan deadline

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Government

The final date for approving business flood recovery loans, June 23, is fast approaching, and, as the final stop on the loan approval train, the Rushford city council is feeling the pressure of the looming deadline.

And since the actual rep ..... 
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Pawlenty veto puts county health plan at risk

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Commissioner Chuck Amunrud, Fillmore County's commissioner who sits on the Joint Powers Board, requested the opinion of the other commissioners at their May 27 meeting. Five counties including Olmsted, Fillmore, Houston, Mower, and Winona ..... 
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Preston moves forward with 2008 street improvements

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Government

Brett Grabau of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlick and Associates, the city's consulting engineers, detailed the plans and estimates for the 2008 street improvements at the council's May 19 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent.

Grabau noted that ..... 
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Lanesboro Council holds public hearings on capital improvement projects

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council held two public hearings before their regular meeting on May 19. The first one was for the Capital Improvements that will be done to the Community Center. Elizabeth Blakesley, who works with Mike Bubany at David Drown Asso ..... 
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