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Spring Valley City Council Report: 2007 stormwater upgrade project goes to bid


Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

City Engineer Bryan Holtz fielded any remaining concerns about the stormwater project at the March 26 Spring Valley City Council meeting. After which the city council unanimously approved a resolution accepting plans and specifications and authorizing advertisement for bids. The storm sewer running from Tracy Road to the intersection of Hwy 16 and 63 and Section Avenue is in need of upgrading. The plans were prepared by Yaggy Colby Associates of Rochester. Holtz suggested that the construction market is somewhat weaker now and may allow for a more favorable bid.

Holtz stated that bids will be taken on April 23, the project will start around May 14, and the expected completion date would be about October 8, 2007.

Gail Bundy was concerned about the larger pipe causing water damage to his home on Section Avenue in the event of an extreme rain storm. Holtz noted that Bundy could have a problem since his property is very low. He suggested that a berm could be built along the front of his yard with small drain pipes to allow water to escape from his yard. The berm would be located on MnDot's right-of-way. Holtz insisted that no more water will be coming through the system because the same amount of land surface will be drained by the upgraded pipe. However, he did admit that because of the larger size of the pipe, the water would get to the Bundy property faster.

Holtz told Bundy that the culvert at Hwy 16 is MnDot's and he agreed that it would be better if it were larger. Council member Jason Holland suggested that their state legislators should be contacted to get enlargement of that culvert in the Transportation Bill. Mayor Jim Struzyk felt that it may help if the city were to send a letter to MnDot about the size of the culvert.

Bundy wanted to know who was responsible if the water runs into his basement. He admitted that it has come close before. Bundy said that his homeowner's insurance would not cover what the insurance company terms 'seepage.' Bundy insisted that if the water comes quicker, the relatively small culvert under Hwy 16 will not allow it to get away fast enough. Struzyk suggested that they wait and see if they get a response from MnDot. Council member Bill Bires encouraged Holtz to work with MnDot to protect Bundy's property.

Pawn Shop Ordinance

No citizens were present for the public hearing on the Pawn Shop Ordinance. City Administrator Deb Zimmer related that she had received no calls about t .....
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Rushford City Council Report: Highums to donate land in honor of Asmund Vaagen

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

The Rushford City Council accepted the gift of property on Magelssen Bluff from Glen and Rob Highum at their regular council meeting March 26. Jamie Edwards of the DNR facilitated the donation. Acceptance of the donation is subject to all deeds and ..... 
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Commissioners Report:Township representatives air opinions and questions

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - A Public Hearing for the Rural Addressing Ordinance Amendment drew several township representatives to the March 27 County Board meeting. Danea Larson, Rural Addressing, read the proposed amendment dealing with which government unit is res ..... 
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Garrison Keillor will broadcast from Lanesboro

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Thanks to Rhubarb Festival Coordinator Nancy Martinson's hard work, Garrison Keillor will broadcast his show, "Prairie Home Companion," from Lanesboro the first weekend in June. Julie Kiehne and David Harrenstein appeared before the Lane ..... 
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Preston 2007 street and utility improvments go forward

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council voted unanimously to go ahead with the order for plans and specifications for the 2007 street and utility improvements at their March 19 meeting. Because of the tight time frame the council had no choice but to tak ..... 
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Spring Valley raises sewer rates by $2.00

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Residents will be paying more for sewer service as a result of City Council action on March 12. With three members of the Council at the meeting, it was decided to increase the base rate by $2.00. This will mean that the average resi ..... 
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Debate begins on Rushford police protection

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Police protection has been a hot topic recently with both the city of Rushford and the city of Rushford Village; on March 12 the Rushford City Council discussed the issue at their regular council meeting. Emails and letters have gone back ..... 
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Boyd reports to county board

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
Posted in Government



PRESTON - The county board faced a light agenda at their March 13 meeting. Social Service Director Thomas Boyd updated the board on Fillmore County's position with the disbanding of the Root River Education District (RRED). An article going ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council looks at police contract, new squad car

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
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HARMONY - Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen attended the Harmony City Council meeting on March 13 to talk about the new police contract. The council approved the contract, with no changes being made from the previous agreemeent. Jensen pr ..... 
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