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Harmony Council discusses antique mall and other projects


Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Government

Plans will soon be underway for a new antique mall in Harmony's Industrial Park. Terry and Jean Ingvalson of Mabel will be putting up a new building which will house multiple antique vendors. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates attended the City Council meeting on May 13 to explain the TIF (Tax Increment Financing) plan for the lot, which was approved by the council.

According to Bubany, the lots in the area cost $12,000, plus the tax assessments of $19,000, or a total of around $31,000. Making the antique mall a TIF district will mean the city will capture all of the new taxes that are generated, such as property taxes. The taxes will go directly to the city until it has repaid itself the cost of the land plus interest at five percent.

Bubany discussed the budget for the project, which will be much larger than needed at $640,000. They are making room in the budget for future projects in the Industrial Park area if they arise. There is a nine year maximum for the TIF district, and the city will be receiving approximately $7,700 a year in tax increment revenue after administration fees and the mandatory percentage that goes to the state.

Bubany showed the council a chart with the hypothetical decrease in tax rate, which shows what would happen to the tax rate in Harmony if the project was done without using TIF. The decrease was less than one percent. He also estimated the impact on city service costs to be around $261 a year. That is what using TIF for the project will cost the other residents of Harmony until the TIF is paid off, since the property will not be a part of the whole tax base for those years.

The council passed the resolution to set up the TIF district, the inter-fund loan and the development agreement set up by City Attorney Richard Nethercut.

Alley Improvements

Bubany also answered questions about using TIF money to make improvements on the alley behind the bank on Main Street. The area is part of TIF district 1, which has been there since 1985. The city would like to place electrical line and tear up the alley for reconstruction. Bubany said that it is perfectly fine to use TIF money for the improvements, as long as it is stated that possible building expansions in the area could not be done without it.

Brett Grabau was also at the meeting to talk about the grant the EDA received to put a parking lot in the same alley. He had a few designs that would work, and the one that was .....
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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 co ..... 
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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
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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
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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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