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Harmony city council discusses lighting options


Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

There were a lot of lights and lighting upgrades on the agenda of the Harmony City Council meeting February 9. Stuart Morem of Morem Electric had given the council estimates for new lighting in the Community Center. He gave prices for doing each hallway, the office, gym, center hallway, the bathrooms, council room, and a price for each classroom. The total cost if the council chose to do all of it would be $21,035, plus $1,225 for each classroom. He broke down the costs for each room. The council can choose to do all of these or just some of them.

Morem explained that technology has changed a lot. As of July 1, because of the Energy Act, the T12 light bulbs that are currently in the building will no longer be made. They will be replaced by the T8 bulbs, which are more energy efficient and will save the city money.

Council member Dan Tieffenbacher asked about purchasing LED lights, which have no mercury in them. The T8 bulbs have very low mercury. Tieffenbacher said the LED lights last longer as well.

"The LED technology is there and great, but very, very expensive," said Morem. "They don't have an LED fixture for the building that you can afford."

Council member Sherry Hines suggested they look into a Rural Development Energy Efficiency Grant and see if the city qualifies. Morem's bids also mentioned rebates from Dairyland Power that will save the city money.

There will be an extra row of lights in the council room. The new lights will make things much brighter, and according to Morem, will pay for themselves over a short period of time. "There's a six-year payback if you do everything," said Morem.

Illg mentioned that the payback won't be as great in all of the classrooms, as many of them are only used occasionally, and there are a few that are only used for storage.

The council is going to look into grants and rebates and decide how much of the project they would like to do and can afford to do right now.

Morem also gave estimates for lighting upgrades in the downtown area. The first one was for Phase 3 of the alley project. The project includes installing a primary underground conduit behind Bill Hanlon's residence and the Intrepid Traveler. The next step after this project would be to install the wire and transformers. The estimate is for $11,500. The council approved the project, with the use of TIF (Tax Increment Financing) money to pay for it.

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Five-person tourism committee established by Spring Valley city council

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
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A few weeks ago the Spring Valley City Council set up a Tourism Committee that would deal specifically with issues involving tourism. They would have a budget, operate the Visitor Information Center and coordinate advertising promoting Spring Valley ..... 
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Davids and Poppe comment on the 2010 legislative session

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

The 2010 Minnesota legislative session convened on February 4. Without a doubt the greatest area of contention, and the area with the least room to maneuver for both sides, is the budget. In November a forecast was made of a $1.2 billion deficit. Fi ..... 
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Chatfield moves forward with Potter

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
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Chatfield councilors approved the Redevelopment Plan for Potter renovation, the title transfer from the Chatfield School District to the Chatfield EDA, along with financial and outside maintenance support and bookkeeping services, at their February ..... 
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Preston discusses proposed parking ordinance

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
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City Administrator Joe Hoffman and Police Chief Matt Schultz offered revisions to the city's parking ordinance at the city council's February 1 meeting. Hoffman made it known that he didn't expect any action this day, but he expected there to be an ..... 
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Working the bugs out of Fountain plant

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
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David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, reported a few problems at the new waste water treatment plant that still need a little tweaking to get everything working just right at the Fountain City Council's February 4 meeting. He said the equipment and readi ..... 
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County approves redesign resolution

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
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Social Services Director Tom Boyd discussed the resolution with commissioners at their February 2 meeting. It was approved unanimously. Boyd said the redesign resolution will be sent to state legislators. The emphasis for the ten counties in southea ..... 
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Veterans turn out for citizen input

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
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The Fillmore County Board room was filled to capacity for the board's January 26 meeting. The personnel committee has developed a redesign proposal for community services. The plan is to establish a new position, Community Services Administrator, wh ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses marketing initiatives to promote tourism

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

During the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 11, Chamber Executive Director Julie Kiehne gave the council an update.

Kiehne invited the council to the Chamber's Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 13. The 113 members of the Lanesbor ..... 
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