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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 from the Coffee Street Bridge to the Hwy. 250 Bridge. Spokesman Redalen reported to the council that Craig Bloomer of the DNR had commented, "It would add a lot of character to the system." Bloomer stated the project would "most likely" qualify for matching DNR funds. Steve Klotz of the DNR fisheries division also was supportive, interested in possible stream improvement and access projects that could tie into the trail project.

Orville and Marie Amdahl, "institutions in this town for a long time" (according to Redalen), are willing to work with the city to provide an easement for the trail. Orville's concern was that he not be liable for the rocks falling in the area in the springtime. The city will check on liability issues.

At one time when a snowmobile trail was considered for the same location, the planners were considering pushing boulders into the river. Streams cannot be altered in such a way; however, the DNR could use the boulders in their stream improvement project.

The proposed trail would follow a natural pathway along the river with part of it on city land near the brush dump. Plans are for a 6 to 8 foot wide graveled path; this would be for pedestrian use only-not bikes. According to local historian Don Ward, much of the stone used in local buildings was quarried along the trail.

Council member Joe O'Connor asked if there had been any opposition from citizens. Redalen responded they hadn't heard any, but agreed that people living on the flat area near the trail may not like hikers having a view of their backyards, while pointing out that currently canoers have the same view. Redalen stated the planned trail would not "encroach on anybody by any means" and informed the council T.J. Lynch actually owned the open area behind many of the houses. Kitty Baker, a member of the trail group, commented the trail might actually improve land values.

O'Connor reported he'd received a call from a concerned citizen and wanted to provide an appropriate forum for citizen input. The council decided to include the trail in a public hearing on junk letters and sidewalk replacement to be held July 2. A map of the proposed trail will be prepared before the next TMI meeting t .....
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Preston council scales back sidewalk improvements

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council worked through its agenda with barely a quorum at its June 18 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks and David Harrison were absent. Bill Cox, Public Works, told the council that a third quote had been received for the 2007 sidewalk imp ..... 
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Rushford takes positive approach with police issue

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council isn't sure exactly what to do in the stand-off over police protection with the City of Rushford Village, but the members agree that they wish to remain proactive and positive.

Mayor Les Ladewig advised ag ..... 
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Commissioners Report: New campus for Zumbro Valley Mental Health

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
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Patricia Carlson, Executive Director of Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center (ZVMHC), updated the Fillmore County Board at their June 12 meeting on the progress toward consolidating its programs onto one campus. The new campus is located at 343 Wood L ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council hears request for fire protection from York Township

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

Harmony - On Tuesday, June 12 the Harmony City Council opened with Harmony Fire Chief, Bill Hanlon reporting that York Township had approached the city fire department with a request to cover their area. Currently York Township receives fire protect ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council will request bids for solid waste contract

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

At the June 11 council meeting, the Spring Valley City Council decided to update the Solid Waste Contract by putting it out on a "Request For Proposal" this fall. This will permit the City to advertise for other companies besides Waste Management to ..... 
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County Board passes resolution on Hwy 52

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The county board passed a resolution in support of immediate reconstruction of the deteriorating Highway 52 Corridor from the I-90 Interchange to Fountain at their June 5 meeting. The resolution requests that MnDot move forward to "analyze ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Differences resolved

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

Well, at least three out of four differences were successfully resolved when the Lanesboro City Council met June 4. The council spent the majority of its time dealing with the three issues presented them at their May 21 meeting. Mark Brewster's requ ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston street improvement bids under estimate

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

Joe Palen of Bonestroo and Associates announced to the June 4 Preston City Council meeting that there were four bids for the 2007 Street Improvement Project and that the low bid from Rochester Sand and Gravel was 11% under the estimate and $175,000 ..... 
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