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Fountain Wastewater Plant Progressing


Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

Dave Morrill of McGhie and Betts, Inc. updated the Fountain City Council on the construction progress at the council's October 1 meeting. He reported that there was a meeting with the plant operators at Chatfield along with Chatfield City Clerk Joel Young and Mayor Les Knutson. Morrill is working on putting together a proposal for sharing an operator with Chatfield. Fountain needs to have the services of a licensed Class B wastewater treatment plant operator.

Morrill said the piping for the plant is completed including a line through town, as are the footings for the building and some back filling. An estimate in the amount of $72,093.29 was approved for Olympic Builders.

Four change orders including changes to the building plan were discussed. The building will be built with poles on two sides and the other two sides will have poured concrete walls. It was originally intended to be 36 foot wide but will be built 40 foot wide instead. The total cost of the change orders is $11,226. However, $2,940 of that total is for a storm sewer replacement behind Valley Design, Inc. The city expects to get compensation from Fillmore County for that portion of the work. The change order payments were approved except for the $2,940 for the storm sewer replacement.

Morrill explained the loan that the city qualified for has a contingency of about $65,000 to cover unforeseen items like the four change orders. He said he met with a representative of the Public Finance Agency (PFA). Morrill expects the city will get a visit from a person from the Office of the Inspector General to look at the wastewater facility.

Other Business In Brief

*A renewal of a wastewater treatment agreement between the city of Fountain and Valley Design, Inc. was approved for the amount of 15,000 gallons per day.

*Approval was given for Herman Freese, Public Works, to attend the fall water school in Owatonna on October 23.

*Approval was given for the purchase of a biosystems multipro for the amount of $719.00. The device helps personnel to determine if it is safe to enter a building allowing them to check for gas leaks and carbon monoxide.

*Police Chief Tom Mosher reported that when the sewer system plant was delivered on September 10, the semi trailer was hung up and blocked Highway 80 for about 45 minutes.

He will be getting EMT refresher training in Spring Valley this fall. Ostrander is expected to share in the cost.

Vandalism, brush dump discussed

Sat, Sep 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

During their regular meeting, members of the Lanesboro City Council were able to see firsthand the vandalism that was done to the downstairs bathrooms at the Community Center. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman explained that late Friday night, Sep ..... 
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Planning Commission recommends approval of Holst feedlot permit

Sat, Sep 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Planning Commission at their September 24 meeting unanimously recommended approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a feedlot on the Glenn Holst family farm in Carrolton Township. Glenn and Colette Holst applied for the permit. He ..... 
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Commissioners strongly urge support for off-system bridge program

Sat, Sep 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

All five commissioners signed a letter addressed to Congressman Tim Walz and Representative James Obestar (MN-8th district) urging the continued support of federal funding of the off-sytem bridge program at the board's September 22 meeting. The lett ..... 
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Preston addresses safety concerns

Sat, Sep 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council at their September 22 meeting decided to formally invite a representative of MnDot to a future meeting to express their concerns and to ask MnDot to do a speed study. Councilman Robert Sauer was absent.

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Chatfield discovers collapsed storm sewer

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers discussed the unexpected discovery of the deteriorated pipe at the city's September 14 meeting. Mayor Les Knutson was absent. The collapse of the storm sewer pipe along Highway 52 between Spring and First ..... 
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Rushford City Council analyzes costs

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Several topics headed the Monday, September 14th, council meeting, the most prevalent of which was likely consideration of a staff report regarding the preliminary draft of the 2010 budget. Mayor Les Ladewig advised the council, "Hang on to your sea ..... 
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Spring Valley reduces levy by roughly $8,000

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council has passed a resolution setting the preliminary budget and levy for 2010. At the meeting Monday night, the council set the preliminary levy at $880, 344. City Administrator Deb Zimmer said that "there will be no salary ..... 
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Canton discusses wastewater treatment concerns

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Unapproved meeting minutes

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met Tuesday, September 15, 2009, with Mayor Johnson calling the meeting to order. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Cindy Shanks made a motio ..... 
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