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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 Thompson addressed the council representing the park committee concerning the drainage problems in Sylvan Park. Thompson proposed installing a drainage line from the storm sewer on the east end through the lagoon and across the pond to the west end of the lagoon. The drained water would be filtered through peat rock and dirt. He advocated hiring Art Brookings of Chatfield, a contractor with extensive experience installing such drain tile. With this option, there would be no need for a manhole or pump in the area. The current rain garden and this tiling could be used together to deal with the drain water, slowing it and cleaning it before allowing it to continue on.

Thompson had already approached Superintendent Jeff Boggs at Lanesboro School, asking for the school to share the cost; he asked the city to also help with the expense ($1,500 each). The remainder of the expense, estimated at between $4,700 and $4,800 total, would come out of the Park Board budget.

Culvert erosion

Staying with water erosion concerns, Andy Drake, PWD together with Donna Rasmussen of the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and MPCA's Lee Ganske appeared before the council to suggest a settlement basin/rain garden be constructed to deal with the culvert area behind Helen Flattum's home. According to Drake, a "pretty good deep ditch" had been created near the dam. Since the storm line goes into the river, MPCA was there to represent water quality interests. Ganske reminded the council the Root River has "impaired segments with high turbidity levels." Changes may need to be made all the way from the road to the river. Ganske opined it would be easier to retrofit this particular old system than most because open space (owned by the school with easements for the city) was available there. Upstream, individual water gardens could also help with the problem.

Rasmussen explained the project would require some engineering with a consultant doing a preliminary survey on the size of the project area and the amount of water coming through it. She suggested grant funds might be available from the Clean Water Legacy Act, and informed the council SWCD would be willing to assist in grant writing. .....
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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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Fillmore County Board approves new ID system

Fri, Jul 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Three department heads lobbied the county board asking them to invest in new equipment for printing more secure ID cards for county employees at their July 24 meeting. Deborah Teske, Veteran Services/Emergency Management, explained the adv ..... 
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Zoning Commission approves variance and CUP

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - On Thursday, July 19th the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission voted Jim Keune as the Board Chair and Steve Duxbury as Vice Chair for the coming year.

Gun Shop Variance

Bill McBride of Kava Road, Preston asked the ..... 
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Lanesboro gets $10,000 settlement on A Prairie Home Companion

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

The city's hosting of A Prairie Home Companion show in June turned a tidy profit over $10,000, due mainly from a claim filed against the rain insurance policy the city took out to safeguard the financial success of the event.

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Preston City Council Report: Country Hearth Inn TIF bond extended until 2025

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

Dan Christianson from F&M Community Bank in Preston asked the City Council to "share the pain" at their regular meeting July 16 in regards to the recent Country Hearth Inn TIF District (Tax Increment Financing) changes.

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County EDA recommends HRA levy initiative

Fri, Jul 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Chris Gastner of the Fillmore County Economic Development Authority (EDA), advised the county board at their July 10 meeting that the EDA recommends that Fillmore County go ahead with a request from the Bluff County Housing and Rehabilitat ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Water tower painting delayed until well work is completed

Fri, Jul 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

The City of Harmony's plans to repaint and reseal the water tower will have to wait until some major changes are made to the nearby well. Russ Stammer from the engineering company Bonestroo explained to the council at their July 10 meeting, that the ..... 
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