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'Junk Ordinance' revisited at Spring Valley City Council meeting


Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Government

The first order of business to be tackled by the Spring Valley City Council at the May 27th meeting was another round at violations of the Junk Ordinance. Things have been relatively calm over the winter but now that the snow has cleared and the grass is growing there is evidence that there are still alleged violations of the Junk Ordinance.

The Ordinance dictates that private property needs to be in compliance but not allowing junk to accumulate or that vehicles on the property have to be properly licensed and to be in running condition.

The first property on the list presented by officer Kevin Beck was a tour of the Lyle Grabau property at Griswold and Center. The Council saw the basis of complaints from neighbors about the garbage in various bags and containers and that the grass has been allowed to be nearly as high as the fire hydrant on the boulevard. One neighbor said he had spotted a rat walking from the property across the road to the waterway. According to Administrator Deb Zimmer, many people complained about rats and other rodents having free run of the property.

One neighbor asked about this property and why the health department isn't involved. Mayor Struzyk said; "that will be addressed in another letter." Another person stated there was no heat in the house that they are heating the house with electric space heaters.

Councilman Bill Bires moved quickly to send a cleanup crew into the property and to take custody of those vehicles that will not run or aren't licensed. Tony Archer wanted to get it done within a week and that once it's cleaned up that it be monitored at least once a month. It passed unanimously. The owner of the property Lyle Grabau made an appearance after the hearing was concluded but asked permission to get more time to clean it up, but the Council stood firm to take action within the next few days.

Jeff Sween at the corner of Jefferson and Pleasant is no new comer to the Council regarding the Junk Ordinance. His property was cleaned up two years ago and needs to be cleaned up again. The major complaints center around old vehicles and a shed that is being built when there is apparently a cease and desist order prohibiting further construction. Bill Bires moved on this property as well and cleanup will be coming within days.

The Schmoll residence at 421 Warner Avenue made it to the Council chambers again. The vehicles on the property are in question if they are licensed or n .....
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County employee health screening

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Government

Health Educator Brenda Pohlman informed the board at their May 26 meeting as to the results of the employee health screening. This is the third year participating employees have been screened for vision, hearing, flexibility, body mass index, blood ..... 
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Audit shows city status at Rushford City Council meeting

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Government



The May 26th meeting of the Rushford City Council commenced with a detailed start, courtesy of an audit report from Smith Schaefer & Associates, Ltd. Tom Wente documented the findings.

The information presented further showcased the ..... 
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Preston looking at community gardens

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
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Councilman Jon Haugan encouraged the establishment of community garden plots at the city's May 18 meeting. He explained the gardens could be helpful for people that lack their own space for a garden during this time of economic woes. Haugan ..... 
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Lanesboro reviews expenses and revenues

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government

Jason Boynton from Smith Schafer and Associates presented the Lanesboro City Council with their audit report for 2008. Boynton went over the highlights with the council, starting with the city's revenues.

Boynton pointed out that the levy co ..... 
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Community members "roll up their sleeves" to save summer ball programs

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
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With at least 50 people in attendance, concerned and driven parents met with Community Education staff May 18th to help determine the fate of the summer ball program in the Rushford-Peterson community.

Director Beth Thede led the mee ..... 
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EcoEnergy to add meteorological tower

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
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Don Miller, representing EcoEnergy LLC, explained to the Planning Commission at their May 21 meeting that the additional tower would be located in the Southwest portion of the proposed wind farm west of Harmony. The property is in Bristol To ..... 
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Post-Flood and economic stress a concern at Rushford City Council Meeting

Fri, May 15th, 2009
Posted in Government

Going in circles at times, the Rushford City Council meeting on May 11th brought forth concerns from community members looking for understanding on proposed public utility improvements. Projects are slated over a 10-12 year period, depending on fina ..... 
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Harmony City Council dicusses TIF District

Fri, May 15th, 2009
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The Harmony City Council had a lot of discussion and made some final decisions on some improvements in the downtown area at the May 12th meeting. The alley behind the bank will be improved with new lighting and street improvements. At the same time, ..... 
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