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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 $930,000.00 to finance the project. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates, Inc. addressed the Council and explained the process of selling bonds and how they will be paid. In this case annual payments of $83,000.00 will be made with those funds coming from the City's Stormwater Utility and Sewer user charges. Bond bids will be opened June 25. A pre construction on the project is set for Monday, May 21 with construction starting Wednesday, May 23.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer said that she is working with the State Auditor's Office on some new processes. One is a written policy that authorizes moving funds into the Capital Improvement fund. The recent Stormwater and sanitary sewer project pointed out that this would be a good policy to have in writing. The Council also passed a resolution that the city general fund should maintain an undesignated reserve of between 35% and 50% of total General Fund expenditures. City employees will have a couple of extra steps to follow when filling out their time cards. The State Auditor wants to see the employees include sick time and vacations.

Zimmer said that the recent city wide cleanup day was good, but not as successful as in the past. She indicated that an inspection of problem areas will now be completed with the assistance of the Sheriff's Department.

Cell phones are almost a necessity of life for many people, and employees of the city are no exception. The question arising is if city cell phones should be used for personal calls. Many of the city employees have private cell phones that they also use for city business and there was discussion if these employees should be reimbursed and how it would be calculated. The Council will study the issue and make a decision at a future meeting.

Some lively discussion regarding the use of golf carts on city streets. Mayor Struzyk said that one permit was issued last year and none have been issued so far, but he has had inquiries. Struzyk stated that he doesn't think golf carts should be used on the streets because they don't have headlights, tail lights or turn signals. Council member Bill Bires said that he believes each case needs to be looked at and if warranted should be given a permit.
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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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County moves ahead on airport building

Fri, May 4th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Engineer John Grindeland led a discussion about the possibility of erecting a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) building at the Preston/Fillmore County Airport at the commissioners May 1 meeting. Commissioner Randy Dahl related that the Air ..... 
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Spring Valley awards bid on sewer project

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council was pleased in the bids received for the upcoming storm sewer/sanitary sewer project. The engineer's estimate for the project was $1,236,771.10 and the low bidder was Road Constructors, Inc. with a bid ..... 
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