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Bituminous prices balloon Preston street improvement costs


Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Brett Grabau of Bonestroo informed Preston City Council members of the 2008 Street and Utility Improvement bids at their July 21 meeting. He noted that three companies bid with the low bid from Road Constructors Inc. coming in at $193,306.75. The low bid was about $43,000 more than engineer estimates made in May 2008.

Grabau explained that the 20% increase was due to higher bituminous prices which are now at about $68 per ton. This compares to an average of $43 per ton just last year. Grabau added that the bid is expected to be higher in part because of the July bid rather than a late winter or early spring bid when the contractors are 'hungry' for work.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman suggested that the council had four options including not doing the projects, scaling back the size of the projects, increasing the amount of the inter-fund loan, or postponing and rebidding in the winter. Grabau commented that oil prices will probably continue to go up inflating the bituminous price. The projects include Chatfield Avenue, Mill Street and Industrial Drive.

Hoffman said that the unexpected additional cost of the projects could be funded by using an inter-fund loan to fund the gap which in effect would be spending 2009 cash in 2008. The total cost of the projects with engineering costs will total $231,968.10. Council members voted unanimously to go ahead and use next years street funds to pay for the additional cost with an inter-fund loan. Councilman Heath Mensink remarked, "Pay now or pay later." The 2009 street levy will be used to repay the loan.

Sixty-thousand per year is set aside for street maintenance. Hoffman suggested that this amount will need to increase to make any headway with the increased costs.

Ristau Variance

Hoffman explained that Travis Ristau purchased a property at 808 Jeremiah Street. Ristau tore down and removed the garage and had the fire department burn down the house. The property is now an empty lot. Ristau applied for a variance to allow him to build a new two car detached garage where the old garage stood, five foot from the street. He expects to build a house in the future.

Planning and Zoning held a public hearing on the variance. No one spoke against the variance and the P and Z committee recommended approval. The variance was approved.

Lanesboro council accepts street bids

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

The city of Lanesboro has accepted bids for the projects that will be done this summer and fall on Whittier Street and Maple Drive. Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby presented the council with the bids at the regular meeting on July 21.

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Board of Adjustment looks into park model camper issue

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - David Swanson of Cannon Falls came before the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment at their Thursday, July 24 meeting to ask the board for a reversal of a Zoning Administrator's decision not to allow Swanson to have a park model style campe ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council approves annexation

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council took action on Monday night (July 14) that will result in the City limits being extended several acres to the northwest. The Council approved a joint resolution for Orderly Annexation with Spring Valley Township. The p ..... 
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Winona Health clinic to stay in Rushford

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Winona Health will continue its clinic operation in Rushford, according to Brad Lenertz, Winona Physicians Clinics Administrator.

Lenertz spoke at the July 14 regular meeting at the Rushford city council, answering a question that ..... 
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Preston Council concerned over Forestville Bridge closure

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Mayor Kurt Reicks raised the issue of the bridge closure to vehicle traffic on county road 118 at Forestville State Park at the July 7 Preston City Council meeting. Robert Sauer was absent.

Reicks explained that the bridge sustaine ..... 
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Budget cuts impact role of public defenders

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Judge Robert Benson discussed the state cut back of funding for the Public Defender Office with the Fillmore County Board at their July 8 meeting. Benson explained that public defenders will no longer provide service for parents with Child ..... 
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Harmony looks into lift station problems

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Harmony residents have some concerns about what is going on with the north lift station that seemed to be the cause of the sewer issues during the heavy rains on June 7-8. During that storm Harmony received more than eight inches of rain, and many p ..... 
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Lanesboro Museum asks city for help

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Speaking for the Lanesboro Historical Museum in Lanesboro, Jim Ostrem approached the city council with a request at the regular meeting July 7.

First, Ostrem invited the council to come to the museum for a free guided tour so th ..... 
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