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Rushford City Council Report: Council takes action on Water Treatment Plant


Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council has held emergency meetings daily since the Rush Creek flood 2-weeks ago. In it's first regular session since flooding devastated the town, Mayor Les Ladewig and Council members Nancy Benson, Laura Deering, Larry Johnson and Herb Highum authorized six spending and hiring measures. No private citizens attended.

Water Treatment Plant

Bids for construction of the Rushford Water Treatment Plant were opened on Friday, August 24, just 5-days after floodwaters contaminated City wells by entering vents and ruined electrical components designed and sited to withstand 100-year-flood levels. The seven-bids all fell within estimates provided by design engineers, BDM of St. Paul. BDM engineer Bill Chang recommended the city award a construction contract to the low bidder, Olympic Builders of Holmen, Wis. at a price of $989,400.

Chang further advised the Council to apply immediately to the Public Facilities Authority, a division of the State agency DEED, for a low interest loan. With loan approval, the City can offer a contract to Olympic, whose bid will remain valid for 60-days.

Flooding revealed that the Water Treatment Plant design elevations would have to be reconsidered, particularly vents and electrical components, to ensure that they would not be vulnerable to another flash flood.

"We feel it would be wise for the City to think ahead and change the design now, build higher," Chang said. Pending specific recommendations by the Corps of Engineers, BDM offered to study the problem and provide redesign services.

Council member Deering asked about existing design concerns. Chang explained that although treatment tanks and piping would be sealed against contamination and could remain at a lower elevation, vents and electronic components would have to be raised. BDM engineer John Stewart stated that raising the entire facility by as much as 5-feet would have cost implications yet to be determined.

City administrator Windy Block noted that the objective of building a treatment plant to improve City water was important to rebuilding and moving forward after the flood. Block recommended holding off redesign until the City received input from the Corps of Engineers.

Mayor Ladewig stated that in light of receiving a low bid under $1-million, the Council should act. Council member Johnson asked if the present location was the right place for a treatment plant given the flood. .....
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Spring Valley goes after junk violations

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Junk Ordinance violations, again an issue of controversy at the August 27 Spring Valley City Council meeting, were given a second public hearing. Fillmore County Deputy Kevin Beck reviewed updated photos of the properties from two we ..... 
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Floods dominate county board agenda

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners had only one item on the agenda listed pertaining to the recent flood at their August 28 meeting. However, the tentacles of the flood's effect reached into almost all of the issues for the day.
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Rushford Village assesses flood damage

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

Rushford Village Mayor Gordon Johnson acknowledged that the figure $4.66 million was the city's "best seat of your pants guess" at flood losses in Rushford Village. "It depends if we need to replace a bridge or in some cases relocate a road," Johnso ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston replaces squad car damaged in flooding

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Police Chief Matt Schultz briefed the Preston City Council at their August 27 meeting on the need to replace a squad car that was lost in the Rushford flooding.

Schultz said that an officer responded to the emergency in Rushford on ..... 
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MnDot's District Six feeling neglected

Fri, Aug 24th, 2007
Posted in Government

Around fifty area citizens attended a meeting in Chatfield on August 21 to listen to a presentation by MnDot planners and to make comments or ask questions. Chris Moates, MnDot Planning Director, detailed a prepared presentation for area state roads ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council discusses capital improvement plans

Fri, Aug 24th, 2007
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council met in a joint meeting with the Public Utilities committee last week, Aug. 23, to discuss budget issues and capital improvement plans for the near future. Gerry Evenson and Dennis Schuck from Public Utilities we ..... 
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Planning Commission approves controversial hog facility in Carimona

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - For several years, Dave Mensink and Ann O'Connor have worked together side by side as Carimona Township Supervisors. On Thursday night, however, they were on opposite sides of a debate on whether Mensink's application for a Conditional Use ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council monitors junk on property

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - A couple of items on the agenda of the Spring Valley City Council meeting held Aug. 13, consumed time and had to be dealt with.

Several weeks ago the Council announced that an inspection of junk on homeowners property would ..... 
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