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Commissioners Report: Board approves agreement to study water quality


Fri, May 25th, 2007
Posted in Government

At the May 22 Fillmore County Commissioners meeting, Donna Rasmussen, Soil and Water Conservation reviewed a work plan from SE MN Water Resource Center, Winona State University, to study which management practices are most effective for improving water quality. Agricultural pollution including fecal matter and pesticides contributes to the impaired watersheds.

The work will include segments of the streams "which lose water to the subsurface due to the presence of karst in much of the watershed." The Water Resource Center has the equipment and expertise to complete the work. Dr. Toby Dogwiler, director of the SE MN Water Resources Center, is a stream geomorphologist and an expert in working with karst settings.

The county will contribute $20,050 from 319 Grant Implementation funding for the South Branch Root River Watershed Fecal Coliform Reduction Project which is sponsored by Fillmore County. The work will be completed between June 1, 2007 to August 31, 2008 and be coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

County Attorney Brett Corson asked who will own the data compiled. He felt the agreement needs clarification on that point. Commissioner Randy Dahl agreed that there should be a clause in the agreement that allows the county full access to the data. The other commissioners agreed and approved the agreement with Winona State University contingent on the county attorney's approval of the language.

Highway

John Grindeland, County Engineer, asked for and received approval for a payment of $7,125, 75% of the total cost, to Cloud Cartographers for County maps.

Commissioner Duane Bakke started a discussion of the state legislature's inability to override Governor Pawlenty's veto on the Transportation Bill. Grindeland agreed that there are just enough funds now to keep MnDot's 'lights on.' He opined that the gas tax is probably dead for the next two years. He suggested that state aid to the county is about $190,000 less over the last two years even as costs for construction and maintenance continue to go higher. He insisted that now the five year plan for the county will have to be "shaved down."

Other Business

• Snowmobile contracts and sponsorships were approved for Tri-County Trail Blazers, Hiawatha Sno-Seekers, Bluff Valley Riders and Trail Busters.

• An Unpaid Leave Policy amendment was approved as recommended by Department Heads. The unpaid leave time is only ava .....
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Frustration with Hwy 52 construction plans aired

Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Government

CHATFIELD - Representatives of county and city government in Fillmore County gathered May 15 at the Thurber Building in Chatfield to discuss the deteriorating condition of State Highway 52 from Fountain north to I-90.

Ron Ziegler, acting as ..... 
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Spring Valley sewer project moves ahead

Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Spring Valley's 2007 Stormwater and Sanitary Sewer Project moved another step forward at the Council meeting Monday night, May 14. The Council passed a resolution to sell General Obligation Utility Revenue Bonds in the amount of $930 ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Business subsidy agreement approved

Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Government

Quietly, calmly, the business subsidy agreement between RiverBend Electronics and the city of Rushford was approved at the regular Rushford City Council meeting May 14, making RiverBend officially eligible for JOBZ benefits. After a public hearing w ..... 
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Planning Commission gives okay on two permits

Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - On Thursday, May 17, the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission met to review two Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) and review zoning ordinances 7 - 9 with the public.

Big Springs Quarry

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County board briefed on housing initiative

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Wayne Stenberg of the Bluff Country Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA) and Hall Clapp of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund Program (GMHF) briefed the Fillmore County Board on these programs at their May 8 meeting. The board agreed to g ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: The city readies for Keillor's visit

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

Julie Kiehne, Dave Harrenstein, and Peggy Hanson visited the Lanesboro City Council meeting May 7 with some special requests for the upcoming Garrison Keillor visit in June. Kiehne asked that Highway 8 be closed to all traffic from 7:30 to 10 p.m. o ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Dobie Days gets liquor license pending insurance determination

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

On Tuesday, May 8, 2007, the council welcomed Corey Scrabeck, Dobie Days organizer, to the meeting to further discuss the festival's details prior to approving a liquor license. Scrabeck opened the discussion by explaining his follow-up to previous ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Finishing touches on Hwy 52 construction

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

Holly Zuck, secretary of the PACCA, explained to council members at their May 7 meeting her quest for a sign to direct Hwy 52 travelers to the Preston business district. She had detailed her findings in a "letter to the editor" in the April 30, Fill ..... 
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