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Harmony City Council Report: Council discusses range of issues


Fri, Oct 13th, 2006
Posted in Government

Harmony - On October 10 the Harmony City Council discussed raising the utility rates for the city. Council members explored what the rates should be - the challenge is to raise the rate to reflect charges on a more current scale, however, if too large a raise is implemented then usage will likely go down and costs will not be recouped. The council tabled this discussion for a future meeting. The Utilities Committee will further investigate proposed rate raises.

Water Tower

Brian Johnson, city maintenance, updated the council on the recent water tower cleaning. Maguire Iron, Inc. cleaned the water tower's exterior and interior tanks. They reported the tank's exterior is in fair condition. The tank's interior was quite dirty due to a considerable amount of sand built up in the bottom of the tank, which was thoroughly cleaned and flushed. The tank cleaned up nicely and was disinfected when the process was done.

Maguire also reported that the interior epoxy is in fair to poor condition with some failures starting to show up. From their records, the tank's interior has not been coated for over 20 years. Considering that interior coatings are typically good for about 10-15 years, the tank has held up well. However the city should start planning to have the interior recoated. Johnson has already started the process for collecting vendor bids for the recoating and anticipates it could cost approximately $20,000. The council approved moving forward with this process.

EDA

The council approved two EDA loans for Allen Dahl, developer. The loans are for the costs associated with renovating the building next to the Skandinavien Blomma building located on Center Street East. Dahl plans to begin renovations by installing a new roof, windows, door and plumbing. The total costs associated with the project are anticipated to total about $45,000 to $50,000. After the renovation is complete the building will either be rented-out or sold.

Sump Pump Ordinance

The council approved ordinance 52.62 which states "no person shall make connection of roof downspouts, sump pumps, foundation drains, areaway drains or other sources of surface runoff or groundwater to a building sewer. The council will send a letter to notify residents of the ordinance in their next utility bill.

The ordinance was developed due to concerns that some residents were draining rain water into the city's sewer system and increasing sewer costs.

Commissioners Report: County Board prefers E-85

Fri, Oct 6th, 2006
Posted in Government

Highway Engineer John Grindeland requested authorization to purchase four new pick-ups at the October 3 meeting. Grindeland was asked by board members to go back and get bids for the four new pick-ups that could burn either E-85 or gasoline. The cur ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Another Sylvan Park fishing pier planned

Fri, Oct 6th, 2006
Posted in Government

Steve Klotz, DNR southeastern region fisheries habitat coordinator, was present at the Lanesboro City Council meeting October 2 to discuss the plans for another fishing pier in Sylvan Park. This pier would be on the upper end of the larger pond to t ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Doherty property split

Fri, Oct 6th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met for less than ten minutes on Monday, October 2. Fifty-one acres owned by Robert and Kelly Doherty was annexed by the city of Preston at the May 15 meeting. At that time it was stated by Doherty that they wanted to build ..... 
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County signs on to Zumbro Valley project

Fri, Sep 29th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board unanimously agreed to enter into a Joint Powers Agreement with Olmsted County at the September 26 meeting. Olmsted County can then issue a tax-exempt Commercial Development Revenue Note in an amount not to exceed ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Blitz Construction wins bid

Fri, Sep 29th, 2006
Posted in Government



Blitz-a concentrated effort, an intensive campaign. Hoping the company's name, Blitz Construction, will hold true, the Rushford City Council awarded the bid for the 2006 Rushford Municipal Improvements to low bidder Blitz Construction of Ste ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Streetlights and holiday lights for Lanesboro

Fri, Sep 22nd, 2006
Posted in Government

At their regular meeting on September 18, the Lanesboro City Council decided to proceed with the installation of ten streetlights in the downtown area of Parkway Avenue. At an estimated cost of $4,400 each, the sixteen-foot poles will have a flower ..... 
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Planning Commission begins looking at campgrounds

Fri, Sep 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission listened to input from two Pilot Mound residents about campgrounds at their Thursday, September 14 meeting. The commission is in the process of re-writing the rules and regulations in the zoning ordin ..... 
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County awarded blue ribbon

Fri, Sep 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

A 2006 Blue Ribbon County Award was presented to Fillmore County Social Services and the county board at the September 12 meeting. Barb Sorum, representing Prevent Child Abuse n Minnesota, told her story and that of the award. Twenty-three counties ..... 
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