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What's next for Lanesboro's Ox Trail?


Fri, Aug 11th, 2006
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - "Ox Trail's been there since the conception of Lanesboro!" declared Kate O'Neary at the public hearing on the Ox Trail during the Lanesboro City Council meeting August 7. O'Neary urged the council to keep the old trail as is, even turning it into a one way road rather than doing any major construction on the road. "Don't blow it up! It's going to look blown up for thirty or forty years!" she exclaimed as she reminded the council of the historical value of the road.

Options for the Ox Trail presented to the audience included applying for the Roads of Regional Significance Grant with an initial engineering cost up front of $12,000 to $15,000 and a total of $75,000 to $100,000 engineering and administrative fees on the $500,000 project. Only a small portion of the applicants actually receive the grant; there is $15 million available each year with over $100 million applied for.

The second option was to work with Minnowa to widen the road to 22-24 feet and add a guardrail with an estimated cost of around $150,000. If the city went with this option, the township or individuals might be asked to donate to the expense.

The third option presented was to continue to minimally maintain the road or eventually close the road. The city would need to decide if they would help the township pay for a road over the top of the hill.

City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson read a letter from Duane Benson supporting a widening of the road and installation of guardrail. Benson encouraged the council to be fiscally responsible; he was opposed to spending the money on engineering required to apply for the grant. "We do pay into the city coffers," reminded Benson, pointing to the business the area residents do in town. He expressed his frustration with the situation, commenting that they got passed around from one jurisdiction to another.

Torgerson estimated a ten percent increase in taxes for one year would cover the maximum cost of the project as she answered a question from the audience. The road would need to have a 30 mph curve and be built to state specifications.

The question of the cost of stabilizing the current road could not be answered; Mayor Steve Rahn replied the city would need an engineer to look at it.

The city has kept no running tally of the money spent so far on the road's maintenance. Torgerson noted the city had added railway ties to reinforce the road a few years ago. Rahn suggested the road .....
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Going forty on 40

Fri, Aug 4th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The county board on the first day of August was dominated by departmental proposals for the 2007 budget. However, when county engineer John Grindeland was ready to give the Highway Department's budget proposal, county board chairman Duane ..... 
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Voter record updates will be completed by primary election

Fri, Jul 28th, 2006
Posted in Government

"We are committed to getting done by the primary election," Shirl Boelter, Fillmore County Election Administrator, told the Fillmore County Board at their July 25 meeting. She was referring to the process of updating county polling records with new ..... 
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Olmsted and Fillmore boards discuss issues

Fri, Jul 28th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County commissioners from Olmsted and Fillmore counties met at the Fillmore County Courthouse on Tuesday, July 25, to discuss common issues. The meeting coincided with the Fillmore County Board meeting.

Of primary concern was the o ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: New fire truck on its way

Fri, Jul 28th, 2006
Posted in Government

Fire Chief Mike Ebner presented the received bids for a new fire truck to the Rushford City Council at their regular meeting July 24. Ebner advocated accepting the bid from Clarey Fire Safety of Rochester; not only did the company have the low bid o ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: $$$ - Roadblock for Ox Trail grant

Fri, Jul 21st, 2006
Posted in Government

In order to submit a grant application for roads of regional significance for the Ox Trail, the city of Lanesboro would need to pay preliminary engineering costs of $15,000 to $20,000. Mayor Steve Rahn added, "Personally, I don't think we have much ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: 2006 street improvements - who pays?

Fri, Jul 21st, 2006
Posted in Government

Michael Lynch from Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik and Associates summarized plans and specifications for overlaying three streets at the Preston City Council meeting on Monday, July 17. The council agreed that portions of Parkside Drive, Main Street, a ..... 
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Zoning Commission approves two conditional use permits

Fri, Jul 21st, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - On July 20, 2006 the Fillmore County Zoning and Planning Commission approved two conditional use permits (CUP)s. Both conditional use permits will be sent to the County Board for final approval.

Carrolton Rock Quarry

Ron Geh ..... 
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The house that never gets built

Fri, Jul 14th, 2006
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - A letter signed by twenty-six residents of Hanover Court with accompanying pictures grabbed the attention of the Rushford City Council at their July 10 meeting. The object of their ire according to City Administrator Windy Block was a h ..... 
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