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County accepts Bonestroo proposal for hazardous mitigation plan


Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Emergency Management Subcommittee recently interviewed three consultant firms to choose a contractor to develop a Hazard Mitigation Plan for Fillmore County. County Coordinator Karen Brown briefed the board on the committee meeting and explained the recommendation to accept the proposal of Bonestroo Rosene & Anderlik of Rochester with a $49,800 fee including expenses. The board voted to accept their proposal. Global Threat and Management had a lower bid, but a very limited staff. The county has a limited time to complete the plan, so accepted the second lowest bid and a firm with adequate staff to complete the plan in about six months.

The county has one year, or eighteen months if approved for an extension, from the date of the flood disaster in August to have a completed plan approved and in place in order to be eligible to apply for up to $10,000,000 from FEMA.

Emergency Management Director Deborah Teske suggested that the next step is to put together a Hazard Mitigation Team to help guide the work. The Emergency Management Advisory Group (EMAG) will meet tentatively on January 29 at 7:00 p.m. with representatives from Bonestroo and representatives from cities and townships in the county, school districts, nursing homes, DNR, SWCD, ambulance services, some businesses, and more to put together a Hazard Mitigation Team. Teske suggested that the county has four areas to work on including the southern portion, central portion, Rushford area and Spring Valley area.

Teske's goal is to have the plan put together by July or before and submit it to FEMA and the state at that time for approval. Chairman Randy Dahl added that he felt it was important that Bonestroo intends to keep FEMA updated with the progress in the plan's development.

Cities can adopt the county plan as their own or develop and adopt their own plan. The county plan automatically applies to townships. Once the county plan is developed, it will need to be approved by the county board and participating city councils and reviewed by FEMA and then a final adoption by the county board. The proposed schedule has this final adoption taking place in August 2008.

• Deborah Teske informed the board about Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). The organization of community volunteers to a CERT program is a subgroup under the federal program Citizen Corps which includes the Neighborhood Watch program among others. Teske explained that she felt t .....
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Rushford Council special meeting focuses on well drilling

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - It is rare for the Rushford council to discuss matters unrelated to the August flood, and Tuesday's, January 22, special session was no exception.

BDM engineer John Stewart advised the council on pending water issues.

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Preston citizens troubled over Nursing Home closure

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston City Council chambers were full to capacity at the January 22 meeting. Citizens came to air their grievances after Good Samaritan announced their intention to close the Preston Good Samaritan Society nursing home by early March 2008. City Ad ..... 
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Lanesboro city considers new software purchase

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman would like the city council to approve a software upgrade for the city office employees. She presented information and bid amounts to the council at the regular meeting on January 22.

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Legislators meet with county board

Fri, Jan 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

Area Representatives Jeanne Poppe and Ken Tschumper, along with Senators Sharon Ropes and Dan Sparks, met with Fillmore County commissioners on Tuesday, January 15, to discuss upcoming bonding priorities for the 2008 Minnesota legislative session wh ..... 
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Rushford City Council: Rushford and Winona Health at odds over clinic building

Fri, Jan 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Rushford City Council, meeting for the first time in 2008 on January 14, immediately swore-in newly-elected council members. Not since former Mayor Ted Roberton resigned 2½-years-ago after only 5-months into his second term have residents e ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council discuses new swimming pool

Fri, Jan 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

The meeting of the Spring Valley City Council on Monday night was typical of the beginning of a new year. Committees were filled with new members and the legal steps of passing resolutions consumed most of the agenda.

The Mayor brought up t ..... 
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Kelleher tells county board "flood victims need to apply"

Fri, Jan 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - With the new year the county board elected a new chairman, Randy Dahl, and a new vice-chairman, Chuck Amunrud. Dahl started by again thanking everyone involved in the flood recovery effort including city and county staffs and the many volu ..... 
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Preston will blacktop Industrial Drive

Fri, Jan 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council voted at their January 7, 2008 meeting to proceed with blacktopping Industrial Drive in the Industrial Park.

General Manager Richard Eichstadt of POET Biorefining (Pro-Corn, LLC) had first requested an imp ..... 
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