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Full house at Lanesboro assessment hearing


Fri, May 2nd, 2008
Posted in Government

There was a full house at the Community Center when Lanesboro held a Preliminary Assessment Hearing for upcoming street repairs on Monday,April 28. Many residents who live on both Whittier Street and Maple Drive showed up to ask questions and express their concerns about the projects and the financing.

City Attorney Tom Manion began by stating that the purpose of the meeting is to give the city an opportunity to explain the Capital Improvement Projects on the two streets, as well as how the city came up with the assessment numbers. He added that according to state law, the city cannot assess a property owner more than the amount that their property's value would increase from the project.

Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby described the two projects to the audience. The Maple Drive addition is fairly new to Lanesboro, as some homes on it were built from six to eight years ago. At the time of construction, the road was not paved and there was no curb and gutter put in. The project this summer will include paving the road, adding curb and gutter and tying it in with the storm sewer system.

Whittier Street, going from Parkway to Auburn, will be larger project. There will be a total reconstruction of the road, water main, pavement, new curb and gutter, storm sewer and catch basins included.

Dombrovski explained that according to the new assessment policy adopted by the city, new improvements, or new construction of roads, will be assessed 100 percent to the property owners. Since Maple Drive does not have an existing paved road, it qualifies as a new construction. Reconstruction, or repair to existing streets, will be assessed at 25 percent. According to Dombrovski, this is right in line with surrounding communities.

He also went over the timeline for the project. After the city approves going ahead with everything, engineers will have to do surveys and topography of the areas, which will take about six weeks. In June, they could have the final design on the project. At that time, the projects will be advertised for three weeks and bids will be received from contractors. There will then be a neighborhood meeting to show the residents the final design of the project and discuss things like shutting water off temporarily and getting in and out of driveways and other problems. Construction could then begin in late July or early August, and be completed around the middle of October.

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Spring Valley Council deals with routine business

Fri, May 2nd, 2008
Posted in Government

Mainly routine business at the Spring Valley City Council meeting. A resolution was passed approving write-offs of certain uncollectible ambulance accounts. The total write-off for 2008 so far is $11,204.77. In 2007 those write-offs amounted to $84, ..... 
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Rushford looks at water problem

Fri, May 2nd, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - There was a lengthy discussion about water at last Monday's, April 28, 2008, regular city council meeting in Rushford, but surprisingly, the topic was not flood water.

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Lanesboro council hears about Buffalo Bill Days events, need for volunteers

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Plans are already under way for Lanesboro's Buffalo Bill Days celebration, held every August. The co-chairs of the committee Karen Scheevel and Diane Marzolf had planned on being at the City Council meeting on April 21 but were unable to ..... 
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Preston Council okays bike time trials for Trout Days

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council wrapped up its business on April 21 in a mere seven minutes. David Harrison was absent. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that there was a request to again have the bike races ran against the clock on Saturday, May 15 ..... 
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County Board supports conservation efforts on Earth Day

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Kevin Kuehner and Donna Rasmussen, Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), detailed projects the district is working with and requested the Fillmore County board's support at their April 22 meeting. As County Coordinator Karen Brown acknowledge ..... 
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County okays Hillside Estates tax abatement

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - On April 15 the Fillmore County Board unanimously adopted a resolution approving a property tax abatement for infrastructure improvements for Hillside Estates in the city of Chatfield. Hilltop Estates includes the new elementary school to ..... 
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DEED letter adds more confusion to flood loan process

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - It was with a grim resignation that about three dozen people gathered at city hall in the council chambers for another regular meeting of the Rushford City Council April 14 at 6:30 p.m..

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Spring Valley residents discuss property taxes

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

What's my property worth? The Board of Appeals and Equalization is an annual event in City and County Government to give property owners an opportunity to ask questions concerning their tax statements. At the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Mo ..... 
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