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Spring Valley City Council Report: Waste Management makes request for reconsideration


Fri, Jul 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

Dan Goodsell and Margo Underwood representatives of Waste Management, Spring Valley's current holder of the garbage contract, asked the council to reconsider their intention to put out for bids to other area garbage services at the July 9 meeting. Council member Bill Bires was absent.

Underwood explained that they have recently consolidated their call service center which has resulted in some "hiccups." She insisted that the service is getting better and she hopes they can answer customer questions without delay. Mayor Jim Struzyk admitted that he has had no citizen complaint phone calls in the last two weeks about the garbage service. She said that they are trying to improve the process and asked for patience.

Margo Underwood listed positive contributions Waste Management has given to the Spring Valley community including three years of recycling, working with the Relay for Life Program, and donations to the library, assisted living, and ambulance service.

Struzyk suggested that a decision be delayed until issues about the billing are resolved. Council member Jason Holland added that they need to make sure that the city is getting the "best bang for the buck."

Underwood offered price comparisons for service in Preston and Chatfield. She suggested a resident in Preston pays about $15.20 for weekly recycling and land fill charge. A Chatfield resident pays about 18.43 per month for every other week recycling, weekly garbage pick-up for four bags. She suggested that the current charges are less expensive in Spring Valley.

The council will wait until after they can get a report back on billing before making a decision.

Other Business

• A resolution was passed clarifying and adopting the city's cell phone policy for city employees.

• City Administrator Deb Zimmer said that the 2007 Utility Improvement work was progressing on schedule. The first payment was due in the amount of $104,818.53. She added that this initial phase should be the slowest part of the project and has taken 31 working days. The payment was unanimously approved.

Preston considers State Building Code

Fri, Jul 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Preston City Council members again discussed the pros and cons of adopting the State Building Code at their July 2 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman noted that the issue was first discussed about a month ago. The council tabled the i ..... 
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Whalan subdivision in planning stages

Fri, Jul 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

WHALAN - The Whalan City Council has plans to enter into a development agreement with Secluded Land Company of Desoto, Wisconsin. The company hopes to build a subdivision on 95 acres in Section 9 of Holt Township on an area across the Root River fro ..... 
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County considers health care change

Fri, Jul 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Social Services Director Thomas Boyd again discussed with the commissioners the possibility of joining Houston, Mower, and Winona counties in County Based Purchasing (CBP) at their July 3 meeting. In 1999, the CBP model of managed care was ..... 
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Proposed walking trail pros and cons

Fri, Jul 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

Lanesboro - When the Lanesboro City Council held a hearing on a proposed walking trail as part of their regular meeting July 2, they heard plenty-both pro and con! The walking trail project currently has been allocated $1,200 of the $12,000 TMI gran ..... 
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Spring Valley accepts low bid on sewer project

Fri, Jun 29th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - It was a night of financial housekeeping at the Spring Valley City Council at their June 25 meeting.

Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates presented to the Council the results of the bond sale for the Stormwater/Sewer project ..... 
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Rushford considers police contract options

Fri, Jun 29th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Continuing with a proactive attitude, the Rushford City Council spent much of their regular council meeting June 25 discussing possible police service options to offer the City of Rushford Village (CRV). The former police contract expired ..... 
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County Board hires zoning attorney on retainer

Fri, Jun 29th, 2007
Posted in Government

Norman Craig asked the county board at their June 26 meeting to approve the hiring of Scott Anderson, a land use attorney, on an hourly basis to answer zoning questions. Anderson is hired or put on retainer by other counties as a consultant on a con ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Walking trail proposed

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
Posted in Government

Jeff Redalen and Julia Borgen, representing the Bluffside Trail group, approached the Lanesboro City Council with plans for a hiking and walking trail for the north side of the river in Lanesboro at the council meeting June 18. The trail would run f ..... 
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