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Harmony hires architect for Community Center project


Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

City Council members in Harmony have been looking at ways to finance the projects that need to be done at the Community Center, both to the building and the parking lot. At the regular meeting on March 11, City Administrator Jerome Illg presented the council with a bid from Skott and Anderson Architects in Mason City for the architectural and engineering work on the project. The bid was accepted at $23,235, which is 10 percent of the total cost of the project.

Illg stated that the building committee recommended that the projects be bid as a package.

The bid from Skott and Anderson included design work to replace walls, windows and entryways for the building, as well as the electrical work, the heating and air conditioning. They recommended putting a heat pump in the gym and electrical units in the hallways.

The cost of the two rooms that were remodeled last year ran $19,000 for the construction work, $7,500 for the electrical. Each room has two PTEC heating units, which were $1,650 a piece.

According to Mayor David Kingsley, the city is looking at a $250,000 project, which doesn't include heating the gym area. Everyone agreed that the project needs to be done, and before next winter. Council member Linda Grover pointed out that the heating bill for the building in February was $5,000.

Kingsley said the firm that did the work on the roof, knows the building well. They will be coming to Harmony on March 20 to look things over and draw up a plan, which will be presented at the April meeting.

Illg is in the process of applying for a loan from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) which gives loans to small communities. The plans will be sent to them for review.

Kingsley suggested that instead of borrowing the money, the city use money from the electrical fund, which currently has around $550,000. Grover felt uncomfortable with the idea of taking money from the fund, in case of a natural disaster in the future, stating that it was a big concern for her.

"Borrowing that much money is a big concern for me," said Kingsley.

Illg also had three quotes for milling and overlaying the parking lot, ranging from $55,165 to $71,949. He reminded the council that any project over $50,000 has to be competitively bid out. He also mentioned that if they want the parking lot project funded by the USDA, they will have to have design costs as well. He will look into what those costs would .....
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Spring Valley City Council holds brief meeting

Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

It was one of the shortest meetings in months as the Spring Valley City Council breezed through a handful of agenda items.

Liquor License Application

An addition was made to the recently approved Liquor License for Johnny Ringo's. It ..... 
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Preston council committed to eminent domain

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Kay Ristau made a plea to the Preston City Council at the March 3 meeting to reconsider and rescind their motion of last fall to institute eminent domain proceedings to acquire land for the bicycle trail from Preston to Forestville State P ..... 
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Social Service programs reviewed

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The history, operation and goals of the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) and the Diversionary Work Program (DWP) were detailed at the March 4 county board meeting. Gail Bunge, Financial Assistance Supervisor, explained that the M ..... 
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Rushford City council: Joint session looks at flood loans

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - In a special joint-session of the Rushford City council and EDA on Monday, March 3, members presented tailored specific disaster loan policies to meet special-case needs, but largely decided to stick with program guidelines that have resu ..... 
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Lanesboro Council discusses need for hazardous mitigation plan

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman recently attended a Hazardous Mitigation meeting, and spoke to the City Council about it during their regular meeting on March 3. Information has been acquired from every city in Fillmore County regard ..... 
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Rushford council okays $1 million in loans to non-flood businesses

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Oh, the headlines. Nobody signed up to be front-page-news when the Feds-and-the-State tipped a dump truck full of disaster recovery funds on Rushford. Like-it-or-not, that money belongs to the taxpayers, the People. And exactly how the Pe ..... 
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Fillmore County joins Southeast Region Joint Power Agreement for communications

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Goodhue County Deputy Sheriff Scott McNurlin and consultant Tom Hannon brought the Fillmore County Board up to speed on the formation of the Southeast Minnesota Regional Radio Board at the February 26 county board meeting. At this time ele ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Street project specs approved

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session and passed a resolution Accepting Plans & Specifications and authorized bids on the Hudson Street project scheduled for this year. The estimates came out lower than originally calculated, accordi ..... 
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