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Harmony City Council Report: Council tables action on sewer/street development


Fri, Feb 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

Harmony - On February 13 the Harmony City Council welcomed Devon Scrabeck and other Harmony residents to discuss sewer connection issues for the Jacobson Addition Development. Scrabeck explained that, under the current utility layout, in order to build a house on a lot in the 5th St NE area a sewer pipe of over 300 feet would need to be installed. He inquired if a larger city line could be installed to shorten this distance and prepare for future housing developments in that area.

Mayor David Kingsley replied that he understood Scrabeck's concern, however the city is currently encouraging developers to pay for their own utility installations. He cited that within this development there was extremely poor planning concerning city utilities and that after this experience the city has tried to encourage developers to plan and pay for their project's sewer and water lines.

City Attorney Richard Nethercut pointed out that the Jacobson Addition Development (in which this lot is located) is a city development with plans for city-owned streets and utilities, therefore it may be a city responsibility to install a street with utility lines. Kingsley then stated that if this was the case, the future street would be required to be designed by an engineer and could result in costs over $150,000. Further, that with the city's mandated process of requesting proposals to hire an engineer and contractors before construction, the line would not likely be installed until late summer.

With this information Scrabeck and other residents attending the meeting voiced their concerns. Scrabeck stated that his house was scheduled to be delivered in May and that the house his family was renting would be unavailable to them in June. In addition he did not want to start a process that would impose expensive fees on his new neighbors. In fact, if this is what the outcome would be he may cancel purchasing the lot. Others stated that prior to purchasing their lots they had spoken with the City Administrator Jerome Illg and were led to believe that this wouldn't be such a lengthy or expensive process. Illg replied that his advice had been under the assumption that they would be installing their own septic tank and not connecting to city lines.

The council determined that an engineer should be hired to determine what type of road will be required for the development. The best case scenario would be that the area is naturally sloped enough that curb drainag .....
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council approves garbage contract

Fri, Feb 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council voted unanimously at their Monday, February 5 meeting, to grant a new five year contract to Waste Management for solid waste and recycling pick-up. The contract is for a period from April 1, 2007 through March 31, 2012. [Read the Rest]

Preston City Council Report: Feasibility study approved for Preston streets

Fri, Feb 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

Joe Palen of Bonestroo and Associates reviewed a preliminary report for Preston City streets at the February 5 Preston City Council meeting. Public Works Director Bill Cox noted that the streets were classified in one of three categories including h ..... 
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County puts moratorium on campgrounds, PUDs, and subdivisions

Fri, Feb 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - In a move that took many by surprise, the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday voted four to one to put in place a 12 month moratorium on the development and expansion of campgrounds, planned unit developments (PUDS) and subdivisions in the co ..... 
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County puts moratorium on campgrounds, PUDs, and subdivisions

Fri, Feb 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - In a move that took many by surprise, the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday voted four to one to put in place a 12 month moratorium on the development and expansion of campgrounds, planned unit developments (PUDS) and subdivisions in the co ..... 
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Rushford City Council: Mierau leaves big shoes to fill in Rushford

Fri, Jan 26th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The January 22nd meeting of the Rushford City Council began with a moment of silence honoring the memory of former Council member Ron Mierau. His chair remained empty throughout the meeting as the council attempted to fill the vacancy he ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Public hearing set for Emergency Management Ordinance

Fri, Jan 26th, 2007
Posted in Government

Veteran Services/Emergency Management Director Deborah Teske reviewed a draft for the Fillmore County Ordinance at the January 23 county board meeting. The ordinance is required by the state and the draft has been reviewed by the county attorney and ..... 
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County Board in brief

Fri, Jan 26th, 2007
Posted in Government

Treasurer Balances

Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter presented and received approval for the designated and reserve balances as of December 31, 2006. Boelter questioned the board about the nearly one million dollars in the building fund balance ..... 
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No action taken on Lanesboro land split

Fri, Jan 19th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Cold temperatures and slippery streets didn't keep visitors away from the Lanesboro City Council meeting January 16. A proposed lot split of the Randy Reynolds property brought neighbors Everett and Betty Johnson and Bucky Rogers, as wel ..... 
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