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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 be investigated and owners would be given notice that unless they cleaned up their property they will be issued a summons.

Kevin Beck of the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office made the rounds of property recently and announced his findings to the Council. One property in particular was pointed out, that being the Pleasant Valley Trailer Park in Northeast Spring Valley.

Deputy Beck presented a slide show that pointed out the weeds and junk that was scattered about near many of the trailers. Joe Mehling is the owner of the park and explained that he has been working fulltime and just hasn't had time to get it all cleaned up but he has hired workers to come in over the weekend to cleanup a demolished trailer. He said that he currently has 12 trailers rented out and four that need to be demolished and hauled out. Mehling said he did not deny it needs to be cleaned up but he just hasn't had the time. After the Council saw the pictures and obtained further information from Mehling and Beck, they decided to take the matter up in two weeks and see how successful the efforts have been to clean up the trailer park.

Another piece of property that had the spotlight turned on it was a residence owned by Chris Schmoll. Beck pointed out the large number of old vehicles and dog pens on the property. One vehicle did not have a valid license and the others were kept there because Beck said "the owner likes to collect old cars and fixes them up". This property will also be given a two week reprieve to continue the efforts that Beck says have started.

Assessment Ordinance

The Council has also approved an "Assessment Ordinance" that spells out who pays for what on street and utility improvements. The newly passed ordinance establishes that the City will pay 75% of improvements and the property owner will pay 25%. For corner lots or lots bordered by more than one street the assessment footage equals 50% of the length of the lot abutting the improvement. The City will also pay 100% of the costs for overlay and seal coat.

EMT On-call Pay Policy

The Council also established a ambulance weekend on-call pay policy. EMT's will be paid the on-call rate of $1.00 per hour of call time s .....
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Rushford purchases 23.5 acres for $699,000

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Optimistic about the future of Rushford, the city council purchased 23.5 acres of land currently zoned industrial from Wallace Himlie at the August 13 council meeting. Recognizing the land as one of the few remaining undeveloped "chunks" ..... 
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Harmony looks into well problems

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - The City of Harmony has been dealing with some well problems lately, according to city employee Chris Johnson. Johnson brought City Council members up to date at the council meeting last Tuesday evening.

The well near the water to ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Consultant to work on emergency plan

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board, in a drawn out meeting mostly dedicated to pruning preliminary budgets, approved the hiring of a consultant to help complete an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) at their August 14 meeting. Deborah Teske, Veteran S ..... 
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Fillmore County goes forward on County Based Purchasing

Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Charity Floan, StedFast Health Plan, addressed the county board at their Tuesday, August 7 meeting, to better inform them about County Based Purchasing (CBP) and the potential obligations of the county. Olmsted County pursued the developme ..... 
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Preston considers State Building Code

Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Preston City Council members had an opportunity to learn more about the advantages or disadvantages of adopting the State Building Code at their August 6 meeting. Jay Kruger of Construction Management Services of Rochester briefed the coun ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Environmental issues spotlighted

Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
Posted in Government

Ironically, the strong essence of gym floor sealer pervaded and polluted the council chamber's air supply as the Lanesboro City council spent much of its Monday, August 6 meeting dealing with other possible pollution issues.

First Robert Tho ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Council authorizes study of Hudson Avenue project

Fri, Jul 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

Spring Valley - After a tour of the Spring Valley Library, the Waste Water Treatment Plant, Streets and Ambulance Station, the City Council took action on a couple of items at their July 23 meeting.

First of all, the Hudson Avenue Project ha ..... 
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Rushford's $1.5 million water treatment plant moves forward

Fri, Jul 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Bill Chang of BDM Consulting Engineers, using a PowerPoint presentation, reported to the Rushford City Council at the July 23 meeting, on the water treatment plant design and financing status. The water treatment plant will be attached to ..... 
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