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Harmony City Council votes down pay increase


Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

Harmony Fire Chief Bill Hanlon was at the Harmony City Council meeting on October 12 to discuss bids for the new fire truck.

Hanlon explained they received four bids in all. The bid from Rosenbauer was the lowest at $283,648. The next lowest bid was from Smeal for $292,716. Hanlon explained that Clarey's was the only one with a discount for pre-paying. With the discount of $9,094.48, the bid for Clarey's was taken down to $286,093.52.

Hanlon said the truck committee recommended going with the bid from Clarey's because of the discount, and because they are close by in Rochester. Also, the Rosenbauer bid did not include all of the items that the fire department had on their specs. Hanlon said some of those things were not as important, but they were missing some things they felt were very important. He said their main focus with the truck was storage space, as they are trying to combine two trucks into one.

The council approved the bid for Clarey's for the fire truck. Hanlon added there will be up to $15,000 needed for loose equipment, but that doesn't need to be ordered for a few months yet, and that money could come out of next year's Capital Improvement budget. He said it is recommended they have an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) on their truck, so they are getting the same kind the ambulance has. They felt it would be valuable to have two AEDs available.

As for financing the truck, the council voted to use the pre-pay option on the truck. They will be using $82,700 from the Capital Equipment Reserve and $203,393.52 from the Electric fund. The townships will be paying back $108,046.76 over the next 15 years.

Third Street Project

The council approved a pay request for the Third Street Project. Illg said they are keeping a five percent retainage until next spring when the final lift is applied and the project is complete.

Illg recommended they have an assessment hearing at the November meeting when they have all of the final numbers. The council will be assessing 25 percent of the total cost of the project to the affected property owners. They decided to assess at a five percent interest rate for a ten-year period. There will be no penalty for pre-paying the assessed amount.

Maintenance Report

City Maintenance employee Chris Johnson said all of the problems at the Wastewater Treatment Plant have been fixed and things are now running smoothly.

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Spring Valley halts payments to contractor

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council continues to have issues surrounding the Industrial Park Project. It seems as though every meeting is an open forum for holding back payment to the contractor, Mr. Steve Jech of Jech Excavating, Inc. of Elgin, Minnesot ..... 
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This bridge is a link to where?

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

It is interesting that the construction work on the State Trail from Preston to where? is underway. This shiny new bridge along River Road on the edge of Preston is the beginning of a state trail that many hope will eventually find its way to Forest ..... 
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Canton City Council approves two liquor licenses

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

September Meeting

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met on September 1 with the following present: Donivee Johnson, Cindy Shanks, Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Lolly Melander, Jon Nordsving, and Barb Kerns. Ross Duckett was absent. Sh ..... 
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SE Minnesota ramps up redesign of human services

Fri, Oct 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

Community Services Administrator Tom Boyd reviewed a presentation given a little over a week ago at an Association of Minnesota Counties Health and Human Services policy committee meeting held in Rochester. He related to the Fillmore County board on ..... 
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Preston refinances bond

Fri, Oct 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, came prepared with a proposal to refinance three bonds (1998, 2003, and 2005) totaling $1,460,000 at the city council's October 4 meeting. After refinancing expenses, the city will save about $130,000 in redu ..... 
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Tim Penny's visit with Lanesboro about SMIF

Fri, Oct 8th, 2010
Posted in Government



There was a public hearing before the regular council meeting in Lanesboro on October 4. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates was there to explain to the audience and answer any questions about the proposed tax abatement.

Bubany sa ..... 
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CRV minutes

Wed, Oct 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The September 7th, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland (8:14 p.m. following ambulance duty), Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinso ..... 
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CRV Minutes

Wed, Oct 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The August 3, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning Ad ..... 
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