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Harmony looks into lift station problems


Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Harmony residents have some concerns about what is going on with the north lift station that seemed to be the cause of the sewer issues during the heavy rains on June 7-8. During that storm Harmony received more than eight inches of rain, and many people had water in their basements as a result. There were also some unlucky residents who had sewer backup problems in their basement.

City employee Chris Johnson explained that the problem seemed to be in the north lift station not pumping correctly. At the regular meeting on July 8, Louise Sikkink asked the council what was being done about the problem.

Johnson said that Bonestroo engineers had been down to check out the pumping rates, and they don't believe that it's entirely a pumping problem. "Next week we are having our yearly maintenance done so we will find out more," said Johnson.

He added that the sewer main between the Mobil Station and Bigalk's Chevrolet is going to be cleaned out and vacuumed later in the week. They will also be doing some smoke testing to see if there are any bad spots that are allowing ground water to get into the sanitary sewer, which seems to be the problem.

"We're trying," said Johnson. "I don't want to see it happen again, either."

Sikkink also asked about the red light and beeping noises at the station on the previous Saturday night. Johnson said the light and noise only mean that there is a high flow, not that the pump is failing. An emergency committee had met earlier to figure out how to prevent this from happening again, and Johnson said one of the things they discussed was pumping earlier in the storm next time. Also, a dialer in the station that is supposed to call Johnson and other city workers on their cell phones automatically if there are problems failed to go off during the June storm. They are also looking into that matter with the phone company.

Waste Management

Margo Underwood of Waste Management attended the council meeting to ask how things are going with waste removal and to present a new program to the city. She mentioned that the current agreement with the city will be up in the beginning of next year, and they now have a few more options to consider.

The Single Sort Program is a new program in which residents have a large 64 gallon cart for all of their recycling instead of a small bin. The recycling does not have to be sorted, as it can all go into the same cart. This makes recycling ver .....
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Lanesboro Museum asks city for help

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Speaking for the Lanesboro Historical Museum in Lanesboro, Jim Ostrem approached the city council with a request at the regular meeting July 7.

First, Ostrem invited the council to come to the museum for a free guided tour so th ..... 
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Septic system inspection required before sale

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig discussed with the county board the enforcement of the Point of Sale Ordinance at the board's July 1 meeting. He noted that the ordinance has been on the books for about a year. It says that "before a pers ..... 
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Spring Valley proceeds with flood buyout

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council held a special meeting on Monday, June 30, 2008, to discuss issues regarding violations of the junk ordinance and buyout of flood plain property.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer told the council t ..... 
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Harmony Administrator updates council on flood matters

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

The day of the Harmony City Council meeting on June 24, City Administrator Jerome Illg met with Senator Sharon Ropes to talk about water damage in the community due to recent flooding. They toured some of the homes that have had damage due to floodi ..... 
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Spring Valley keeps Parking Ordinance

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council held a Public Hearing at their June 23rd meeting on Monday and encouraged people to come forward that had concerns about the current Parking Ordinance. That ordinance restricts parking on Broadway in the business distr ..... 
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Rushford flood loans reach $17 million

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - It was a big moment, but definitely understated.

At the previous Rushford city council meeting, the business loan spreadsheet of projected flood recovery loans said that the fund was one half million dollars "in the hole."

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Legislators meet with County Board

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Representative Ken Tschumper and Senator Sharon Ropes discussed state legislative accomplishments and disappointments with the county board at their June 24 meeting. Tschumper maintained that with the Transportation Bill passed in February ..... 
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Preston street construction to begin in August

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Michael Lynch of Bonestroo and Associates reported on the project plans and specifications for the 2008 street improvements at a public hearing held during the June 16 Preston City Council meeting. The three proposed projects include Indus ..... 
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