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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.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained speed zones or limits were unchanged during or after the recent reconstruction of Highway 52. MnDot had offered to address the issue at a later date. Hoffman said the council in 2004 had wanted to start on the north side of town at Highway 16 with a reduced speed limit.

MnDot has the authority to set the speed limit. The city can ask for a speed study and request a reduction of the limit or extension of a lower speed limit section, but in the end, the city has no authority to make a change.

Councilman David Collett described the difficulty for semi trucks to see oncoming traffic far enough ahead to allow time for them to safely pull out from the ethanol plant across 52 to Highway 16. He made it clear that in his opinion the best option for the intersection would be a four way stop.

Hoffman remarked that the city had requested MnDot reduce the speed limit starting at the north side of Chatfield Street for school traffic safety during the highway reconstruction and MnDot flat out refused.

Mayor Kurt Reicks suggested it would be more effective to invite a representative to a meeting rather than to simply pass a resolution requesting changes. He also felt it would help to have someone from the ethanol plant at the meeting to discuss concerns of truck traffic at that intersection.

Asbestos Abatement

Hoffman explained some probable asbestos was identified in a storage room in city hall a couple of years ago. Employees were directed to stay out of the room. Hoffman said the problem was to be dealt with when they remodeled the council chambers, which has been put off.

The fire department has hired Asbestrol to do work at the Moller house in Preston. The department plans to use the house as a training subject and needs to have possible asbestos abated first. Hoffman had the suspect asbestos in city hall on water pipes in the storage room tested while the company was in town and it tested positive.

Hoffman said it will pose no hazard to employees while being removed. It is the last visible asbestos in city hall. The council approved the removal of the hazardous material for $1200. This should be a favorable price as the city is .....
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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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Peterson reviews proposed 2010 budget

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Unapproved meeting minutes

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council was called to order by Mayor Lee on September 9, 2009. The first order of business was a question and answer discussion regarding the yellow curb marking and mail bo ..... 
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Preliminary county budget and levy adopted

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

Resolutions to adopt Fillmore County's preliminary budget and levy were passed at the September 8 meeting. State law requires the preliminary budget and levy for 2010 to be set by September 15.

County coordinator Karen Brown explained the bu ..... 
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Lanesboro dam repairs?

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman went over her preliminary budget for 2010 during Lanesboro's council meeting on September 8. The council approved the preliminary tax levy of $413,756, which is a five percent increase from last year. As Vickerman ..... 
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Preston approves 2010 preliminary budget and levy

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman related some good news for the 2010 budget at the September 9 meeting of the Preston City Council. Health insurance rates for the coming year will only increase two percent instead of the 15 percent that was budgeted f ..... 
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