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Rushford City Council drafts water offer


Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

The ongoing topic of a water sale to the City of Rushford Village (CRV) consumed more than an hour of the exceptionally long Monday, April 26th, council meeting. Having received updated findings and a report from project engineer John Stewart, of BDM Engineering and Surveyors, Inc., the city once again debated the information associated with the potential sale.

The new report follows an April 13th joint council meeting between Rushford and CRV regarding the issue. Since that meeting, CRV Engineer Michael Davy had responded to the presentation and requested that the city redo the analysis with two different flow scenarios than was earlier presented to the CRV. The village has also requested an increase in the amount of water purchased (gallons).

Scenario 2, which to date has been a lingering village option, entails a purchase of 50 percent of the water needs of CRV. The village would then provide the balance of their water needs by blending untreated water from their own well. In this scenario, the combination of water system components required to satisfy the demand of approximately 3.285 million gallons of water, in combination with the operational cost is $21,017 annually to CRV. This would leave a comparative cost to the village user at slightly less than that of city residents. This occurs because the city would not be charging the village for the maintenance expenses related with the "laterals and the service line" that city residents are charged.

In 2009, a typical city residence would have paid $32.03 (5264 gallons of water). BDM Engineering proposes that the real value of this amount to a village resident would be $31.81 per month.

Two sticking points remain with this scenario. First, at the April 13th meeting, the village argued meter size is a crucial aspect in determining calculations related to the final cost. However, city engineers believe the calculation utilizing meter size bears very little relationship to the "real value" cost and deem it a poor method of comparison in determining village cost. What's more, according to BDM, effective blending and fire flow service may require either a larger meter or a variable drive on the village's well pump. "It doesn't make sense from an engineering point of view," said Stewart. He believes CRV needs at least a 6" meter or larger to account for fire flow. It was also indicated by Stewart that village engineers will design for 100 percent or maximum usage and that the .....
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When safety and convenience collide with history

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners went on their annual road tour on April 20 to view current, upcoming and proposed projects involving mostly roads, bridges and county highway shops. All of the county commissioners, highway engineer John Grindeland, ..... 
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When safety and convenience collide with history

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners went on their annual road tour on April 20 to view current, upcoming and proposed projects involving mostly roads, bridges and county highway shops. All of the county commissioners, highway engineer John Grindeland, ..... 
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City of Rushford Village discusses zoning for campground

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

The April 6, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney Thomas Man ..... 
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Preston considering raising storm water utility rates

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman at the Preston City Council's April 19 meeting illustrated the coming shortages the city will experience if the current Storm Water fund does not receive more revenue by 2012. He explained the city adopted the Storm Wa ..... 
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Harmony listens to audit review

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council listened to the audit presentation from Jason Boynton of Smith Schaffer at their meeting on April 13. Boynton went over their fund balances, revenues, expenditures, reserves and debts for 2009. The council approved the audit ..... 
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County board questions land owner cost of getting into Rural Preserve Program

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Government

County Assessor Cindy Blagsvedt updated the Fillmore County Commissioners on the four steps landowners need to follow to apply for the Rural Preserve Program at the April 13 meeting. Blagsvedt said the purpose of the program is to improve or maintai ..... 
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Setbacks for large wind energy conversion system

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
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The Fillmore County Planning Commission had an informal discussion at their April 15 meeting of what should be the appropriate setback for a large wind conversion turbine from a dwelling. The current ordinance requires a 750 foot setback. Zoning Adm ..... 
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Chatfield hopes to finally resolve wastewater plant headaches

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
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The Chatfield City Council approved the hiring of Gopher Septic to clean biosolids from three of its reed beds at their April 12 meeting. Superintendent Darryl Haner recommended using Gopher Septic because of their experience and their ability to wo ..... 
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