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Design Team to help Rushford plan


Fri, Apr 4th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Susan Hart, co-chair of the Rushford Steering Committee, addressed the County Board at their April 1 meeting. Hart asked commissioners to come to Rushford during the visit of the Minnesota Design Team (MDT) from April 24 through the 26 to help plan for the future of the watershed area. The MDT define themselves as "a volunteer group of architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners and other experts in design and community development." They have been helping communities with community based planning since 1983.

Hart said that the group of 18 professionals including landscapers, city planners and hydrologists are going listen to community ideas, values and vision through a presentation on the 25th. Then on Saturday the 26th, the group of professional will incorporate what they have learned from the community to give ideas back to the community so that they can be implemented. Hart hoped that the county commissioners could be present when the professionals make this presentation. The group will be making use of two studies one for housing and one by the corps of engineers. The DNR and the corps of engineers are checking and measuring the dikes and bridges to determine the size of the dikes needed which could impact housing plans.

Highway

Highway Engineer John Grindeland requested and received approval to purchase a 1998 Diesel Freightliner with a 42 foot boom for $28,847.65. The existing county boom truck is a 1986 model in need of engine repair with a boom that may not be able to get certification. The used boom truck to be purchased will already be certified. The boom is used for roof work and tree trimming. The quote is the lower of two used vehicle quotes.

The board approved the lower of two quotes for a new 2008 service pickup. A Ford F 250 purchase was approved at the state contract price of $23,416.97. Approval was also granted for equipment to be added to the truck for a total of $4,573.10.

This pickup and the last several purchased by the county have been E-85 compatible. Chairman Randy Dahl asked that the highway department start using E-85 soon. A discussion followed as to the feasibility of using the ethanol fuel in the near future. Commissioners Duane Bakke and Chuck Amunrud agreed that the reason for buying the E-85 compatible trucks is to have them in the fleet so that the county may work toward the use of the fuel which is not available everywhere at this time. Amunrud said th .....
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County looks at tax abatement for Chatfield

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board listened to the public and representatives from Chatfield encouraging the county to approve the tax abatement plan for the Hilltop Estates Development at their March 25 meeting. Commissioners Stafford Hansen and M ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Board discusses Old School and New School with the public

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

A much-hoped-for Rushford-Peterson facilities grant to buy land, build a new school and refurbish old classrooms will not be included in the 2008-09 Minnesota bonding bill.

Citing state fiscal constraints and competition from districts that ..... 
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Preston gives treatment site to city of Fountain

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council voted unanimously at a special meeting on Monday, March 24, to gift the site of a Preston owned wastewater plant in Fountain to the city of Fountain. For the past 19 years, the city of Preston has operated a pre-treatment pl ..... 
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Results of Rushford housing study unveiled

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

The results of the long-awaited housing study conducted by Maxfield Research, commissioned by the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, were unveiled last Thursday at Stumpy's.

Numerous sources of funding and grants are dependent upon this study b ..... 
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Planning Commission approves wind turbine CUP

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning Commission, at their Thursday, March 27 meeting, approved a conditional use permit for Renee Haugerud to install two wind turbines near the new home she is building in Carimona Township. The matter will now go ..... 
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Lanesboro council looks at Whittier Street and Maple Drive improvements

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council have to make some major decisions about financing the much-needed repairs on Whittier Street and Maple Drive. At the regular meeting on March 17, Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby Associates presented the council ..... 
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Preston City Council: Farmer's Market starting in May

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston will have a Farmer's Market beginning this May. The Preston City Council gave the go ahead to a group of organizers at their Monday, March 17, meeting.

The market will be located on the grass near the Preston trail head and be held o ..... 
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County addresses Minnesota budget deficit

Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County commissioners invited department heads in for a discussion about the state budget shortfall and how the county could be affected at their March 11 meeting. The Minnesota Department of Finance announced a forecast in February of a $9 ..... 
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