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Lanesboro City Council Report: Water issues dominate council meeting


Fri, Sep 7th, 2007
Posted in Government

Water was the theme of the evening as several Lanesboro residents turned out for the regular city council meeting on Tuesday, September 4. The discussion was regarding some serious, ongoing water run-off problems in town. Kelly Jean Ohl had written a letter to the mayor and the council on behalf of many concerned citizens, and she was present to read the letter, as well as show photographs of water damage to her house and property.

Ohl approached the council in February of 2005 when snow thaw was followed by heavy rains, and her basement was flooded. Her home is located at the bottom of a hill, and she believes that the development on the property located above hers has disrupted and altered the natural flow of water, and now whenever it rains, the water runs down her property and to her house.

Ohl stated she has hired an engineer, who recommended building a wall to redirect the water. The wall was three feet wide by three feet high, and kept Ohl's property free of water until August 18, when there was a very heavy rainfall. At that time the wall broke. Ohl contacted the engineer again, who recommended a bigger wall. On August 27 there was another heavy rainfall, and Ohl found that several of the ceramic rattles that she makes and has in her yard had floated all throughout the town, as far as the football field and the Chat n' Chew.

According to Ohl, there are 24 properties that were affected by this problem. "We decided we needed to address this as a community concern," she said. Right now, Ohl and her son are packed and ready to leave the home if it becomes dangerous for them to stay there.

Many residents in the audience agreed with Ohl's statements, and many gave their own testimony as to the damage in their homes caused by water run-off. Dave Huisenga, who owns the Habberstad House with his wife Nancy, stated, "It's a serious problem." He added that no matter what Ohl does with her property to keep it safe, it will impact everyone else in the area.

One resident mentioned that usually flood insurance will not cover damage caused by run-off, only damage caused by rivers rising over the bank.

The concerned residents suggested in the letter that a storm water and sediment control basin be installed at the top of the hill before the new road where the new construction is located. This could retain the water uphill and slow the flow downhill to the homes below. They also requested that storm sewers be cle .....
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Rushford City Council Report: Council takes action on Water Treatment Plant

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council has held emergency meetings daily since the Rush Creek flood 2-weeks ago. In it's first regular session since flooding devastated the town, Mayor Les Ladewig and Council members Nancy Benson, Laura Deering, Larry ..... 
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Spring Valley goes after junk violations

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Junk Ordinance violations, again an issue of controversy at the August 27 Spring Valley City Council meeting, were given a second public hearing. Fillmore County Deputy Kevin Beck reviewed updated photos of the properties from two we ..... 
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Floods dominate county board agenda

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners had only one item on the agenda listed pertaining to the recent flood at their August 28 meeting. However, the tentacles of the flood's effect reached into almost all of the issues for the day.
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Rushford Village assesses flood damage

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

Rushford Village Mayor Gordon Johnson acknowledged that the figure $4.66 million was the city's "best seat of your pants guess" at flood losses in Rushford Village. "It depends if we need to replace a bridge or in some cases relocate a road," Johnso ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston replaces squad car damaged in flooding

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Police Chief Matt Schultz briefed the Preston City Council at their August 27 meeting on the need to replace a squad car that was lost in the Rushford flooding.

Schultz said that an officer responded to the emergency in Rushford on ..... 
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MnDot's District Six feeling neglected

Fri, Aug 24th, 2007
Posted in Government

Around fifty area citizens attended a meeting in Chatfield on August 21 to listen to a presentation by MnDot planners and to make comments or ask questions. Chris Moates, MnDot Planning Director, detailed a prepared presentation for area state roads ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council discusses capital improvement plans

Fri, Aug 24th, 2007
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council met in a joint meeting with the Public Utilities committee last week, Aug. 23, to discuss budget issues and capital improvement plans for the near future. Gerry Evenson and Dennis Schuck from Public Utilities we ..... 
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Planning Commission approves controversial hog facility in Carimona

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - For several years, Dave Mensink and Ann O'Connor have worked together side by side as Carimona Township Supervisors. On Thursday night, however, they were on opposite sides of a debate on whether Mensink's application for a Conditional Use ..... 
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