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Rushford Village Council meets


Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
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The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on July 7, 2009, by Acting Mayor Dale Schwanke. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, and Liz Atkinson. Also present: City Attorney Thomas Manion, Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Maintenance Supervisor Robert Thieret, and Clerk Joyce Iverson, SEMDC - Southeast Consultants. Mayor Gordon Johnson was absent on vacation.

Resolution 090707 was presented by Acting Mayor Schwanke for approval of SEMDC - Southeast Consultants to fill the Clerk's position. A motion approving Resolution 090707 was made by Ekern, seconded by Overland and carried unanimously.

Citizens/Others Present: Katherine Doerr, Dick Chapel, and Greg Utesch, Fraser Construction.

The Agenda was approved on motion by Ekern, seconded by Atkinson and carried unanimously with the addition of the naming of Camp Hazard Creek at the request of Lee Peterson.

Minutes of June 16, 2009, were approved as written on motion by Ekern, seconded by Atkinson and carried unanimously.

Claims List presented with some estimates for July 2009 payments of up to $113,421.73: The Claims List was approved on motion by Overland, seconded by Ekern and carried unanimously with the following items to hold: 1) Fillmore County Assessor for 2009 assessment charges for explanation, and, 2) Iverson, Revuers, LLC to check with Judy Graham.

Check #15640 to Fraser Construction dated 4-07-09 for $33,738.11 for work on Tower Ridge Road. Greg Utesch was present for Fraser Construction. Schwanke said the council is very concerned about what got done, what was not done, and what was done after the fact. He said city engineers WHKS are talking with FEMA. It was a two lane road, was reduced by the construction repair to 1.5 lanes. The questions are "Did the engineers not draw the plans right or did Fraser not do it according to the engineers' design?" Issues: retaining wall with a lot of rock and guard rails inboard of the wall by eight feet. Schwanke said Rushford Village is having trouble collecting $300,000 from FEMA. Utesch, Fraser's bookkeeper, said he understood from the estimate that they had followed WHKS' design. He said after this bill is paid there will still be $15,000 to $16,000 in retainage until the project is fully accepted. A motion was made by Overland, seconded by Ekern and carried unanimously, to release check #15640 to Fraser Construction for $33,738.11.

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Dangerous trek for bicyclists near Eagle Cliff

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
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Horace and Sally Stang, residents at Eagle Cliff Campground, made their concerns known during the county board's July 28 meeting. Mr. Stang said the half-mile section along State Highway 16 from the campground property to the Whalan Bridge is very d ..... 
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Senator Erickson-Ropes addresses the Rushford City Council

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
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The theme could have easily been summed up, "Let's go through this together," with Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes addressing the council at the Monday, July 27th, meeting. While it's an appreciated goal, and certainly one the city is intent on foster ..... 
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Chatfield City Clerk Joel Young to serve on local government aid study group

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
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Mayor Les Knutson announced the appointment to the LGA group and congratulated Mr. Young at the city council's July 27 meeting. The formation of the Local Government Aid (LGA) Study Group was authorized by the 2008 Tax Bill, 3149. State Senate Tax C ..... 
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Spring Valley ambulance purchase?

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
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The Spring Valley City Council met Monday night, July 27th. The one item on the agenda that took up the most time was the proposal to purchase a new ambulance.

Ambulance Director Jim Cooper addressed the council and presented a purchase prop ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council discusses bullying issue

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
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The Lanesboro City Council spent a lot of time discussing the recent school bullying issue at their meeting on July 20. Council member Ceil Allen had read about the problem in the papers and felt that it was a community issue, not just a school issu ..... 
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Dead tree removal in Preston

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
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City Tree Inspector Bill Cox discussed the need for the city of Preston to look ahead and decide how to deal with what could be multiple diseased trees with the Emerald Ash Borer at the city council's July 7 meeting. The immediate problem was a larg ..... 
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The 250 bridge will officially reopen

Wed, Jul 22nd, 2009
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The 250 bridge will officially reopen tomorrow afternoon, July 23, for all traffic, workers will be still working in that area, however you will be able to get through there!

Emergency vehicles can get through as of this evening!

Fillmore County may participate in a chemical and mental health program redesign

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
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Social Services Administrator Thomas Boyd discussed the progress of a twelve-county effort for collaboration in the southeast region at the Fillmore County board's July 7 meeting. The effort is still in its infancy and has not been approved by any o ..... 
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