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Budget limits Spring Valley rec improvements


Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Government

Parks Director John Fenske reported bids for replacing the blacktop surface of the tennis courts to the Spring Valley City Council members at their May 12 meeting. The surface replacement would cost about $36,960 for asphalt and about $38,586 for concrete. Mayor Jim Struzyk commented that the concrete would be preferable with the small difference in price because it would last longer.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer warned that she would have to see if money could be found in the budget to make either improvement a possibility. Fenske said that the bids were good for 30 days. Councilman Bill Bires suggested that there would not be a better price. Zimmer insisted that with the proposed pool, funds for both improvements would be a lot to expect.

Other Business

• An estimate to paint the Incubator Building on the East side of town was approved in the amount of $1750. The estimate includes materials and labor for the outside walls. The mayor called the building an "eyesore" in its present condition. Bires asked about replacement cost or if there is even a need for the building. Zimmer said that the building provides a place for a new business to start. Struzyk agreed that the building is either rented out or used by the city and does not sit empty.

Zimmer also gave one estimate of what it will cost to put a steel roof over the existing building, between $9,000 and $10,000. She said that she would get another estimate for the roofing.

• Zimmer explained that the city has sent out letters to let people know about the city's Junk Cleanup policy. She remarked that there have been complaints about several properties. The average cleanup conducted by the city for a property owner has cost the property owner about $2,000. Ads are also being placed in the paper to make citizens more aware. Zimmer noted that on May 31, appliances and computers will be accepted for disposal for free.

• Part of the city cleanup is the mercury reduction project. Mercury thermometers will be accepted for proper disposal by the city and residents in turn will be given a new digital thermometer.

• Mayor Struzyk recently helped judge the 165 projects at the middle school Science Fair. He was one of twenty judges. Struzyk was impressed by the kids and the work they had done on their projects.

Weight limits enforced on County Roads

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Engineer John Grindeland fielded questions from board members at the May 6 meeting. A citizen called in Friday, May 2, to report an abuse of weight restrictions on a county gravel road. The county sheriff was notified and a deputy w ..... 
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Preston Fire Department to manage gambling

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Government

At the May 5 Preston City Council meeting, council members considered three proposals submitted by local organizations applying for the opportunity to manage gambling activities at the B & B Bowl. Several months ago the council had decided to try to ..... 
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Lanesboro Council looks at property issues

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council meeting on May 5 included a few different planning and zoning issues with property in town. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the city approve a request from Bob Schrupp about his property located kitty c ..... 
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Full house at Lanesboro assessment hearing

Fri, May 2nd, 2008
Posted in Government

There was a full house at the Community Center when Lanesboro held a Preliminary Assessment Hearing for upcoming street repairs on Monday,April 28. Many residents who live on both Whittier Street and Maple Drive showed up to ask questions and expres ..... 
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Spring Valley Council deals with routine business

Fri, May 2nd, 2008
Posted in Government

Mainly routine business at the Spring Valley City Council meeting. A resolution was passed approving write-offs of certain uncollectible ambulance accounts. The total write-off for 2008 so far is $11,204.77. In 2007 those write-offs amounted to $84, ..... 
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Rushford looks at water problem

Fri, May 2nd, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - There was a lengthy discussion about water at last Monday's, April 28, 2008, regular city council meeting in Rushford, but surprisingly, the topic was not flood water.

The need for a water treatment plant was evident and funds we ..... 
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Lanesboro council hears about Buffalo Bill Days events, need for volunteers

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Plans are already under way for Lanesboro's Buffalo Bill Days celebration, held every August. The co-chairs of the committee Karen Scheevel and Diane Marzolf had planned on being at the City Council meeting on April 21 but were unable to ..... 
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Preston Council okays bike time trials for Trout Days

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council wrapped up its business on April 21 in a mere seven minutes. David Harrison was absent. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that there was a request to again have the bike races ran against the clock on Saturday, May 15 ..... 
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