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Lanesboro begins clean-up


Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Government

Like many communities in Fillmore County, Lanesboro was affected by the recent heavy rains. Water in the park forced the city to hold Art in the Park elsewhere on June 15, and there were people who had flooding in their basements. At their regular meeting on June 16, City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman updated the council on the clean-up efforts and the city's status with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

According to Vickerman, she would find out in the next couple of days whether or not they will be declared a disaster area. She would then find out what kind of help the city can get from FEMA.

Vickerman had already handed out clean-up kits to people who needed them. She said that all the residential flooding was in basements only, nothing on the first floors. She and other people had been working hard that day to clean up picnic tables and shelters in the park with bleach. Vickerman said the softball field is still covered in mud, and some campsites were washed away.

"We're just trying to be minimal here to save some money," said Vickerman. "Some things will just have to wait until there's the funding."

Right now the softball field and the campsites are a priority for the city to clean up. Vickerman explained that the Red Cross and FEMA both advised leaving the muck and mud to dry before cleaning it up. She added that there were a lot of people willing to volunteer their time to get things cleaned up, and the city is very appreciative of their help. Andy Drake also mentioned that there was a great turn-out for sand-bagging, and that it was nice to see there are so many people that care.

Asphalt Hot Patcher

Drake recommended that the city purchase an asphalt hot patcher. He explained how it works to fix potholes on streets by patching them with hot asphalt. The patcher can mix asphalt hot or cold, is regulated by diesel fuel, and has a thermostat that will keep the asphalt warm.

"If you don't use it all up, you can keep it warm and use the rest of it the next day," said Drake. He added that regular cold patchers are only temporary fixes, and these hot patches will stay permanently. He also noted that in the last four years the streets in Lanesboro have developed a lot of pot holes.

"This thing could last the city 20 or 30 years," said Drake. "I think you would be money ahead." He said that cold patching costs twice as much as hot patching.

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Rushford flood loan requests exceed funds

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

There's not enough money left in the flood recovery bucket to meet all outstanding requests; that was what the Rushford city council learned at its June 9 regular meeting.

The news came after Mayor Ladewig acknowledged the city's concern and ..... 
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Harmony Council deals with flooding problems

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

Recent storms in the area and water problems throughout the town made for a lot of discussion at the Harmony City Council meeting on June 10. City employee Chris Johnson explained what happened with the excess water flowing through the wastewater tr ..... 
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Spring Valley Council revisits Junk Ordinance

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night, June 9, and devoted the majority of time to discussing the Junk Ordinance, which requires homeowners to clean up junk on their properties. This normally consists of tires, unlicensed vehicles, long ..... 
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Lanesboro Council turns down loan relief request for St. Manes

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

Ted St. Mane and his brothers Chuck and Jeff approached the Lanesboro City Council on June 2 to ask for relief in relation to loans administered by the city. The buildings that they owned were completely destroyed in the arson fire in 2002, and they ..... 
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Preston Council updates designated funds

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met for a very short meeting on June 2.  Councilmen Robert Sauer and Jon Haugan were absent.  City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that following the audit the city staff reviewed the funds and suggested some c ..... 
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State legislation has negative affect on Fillmore County

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Social Service Director Thomas Boyd reviewed the concerns the recent legislative session raised for Fillmore County at the June 3 county board meeting. He noted a reduction in grants by 1.8%.

The county receives about $822,000 in ..... 
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Harmony City Council gets creative in financing community center projects

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - The Harmony City Council discussed a few more options for financing the community center and parking lots projects that are coming up this summer at the May 27th meeting. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates was there to explain the optio ..... 
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Rushford Council works toward June 6 flood loan deadline

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Government

The final date for approving business flood recovery loans, June 23, is fast approaching, and, as the final stop on the loan approval train, the Rushford city council is feeling the pressure of the looming deadline.

And since the actual rep ..... 
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