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Harmony approves plan for Jacobson addition


Fri, Apr 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Residents of Harmony turned out for the Public Hearing on the Jacobson Addition project last Tuesday evening. The hearing was held before the regular city council meeting. Brett Grabau from the engineering firm Bonestroo & Associates presented the group with the results of the feasibility study, which showed the estimated cost of the project to be around $110,000.

Grabau explained that the project included making Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street a 32-foot wide paved roadway, extending the water main and sanitary sewer. During the last council meeting, Grabau was asked to check into the cost of extending fifth street to the west to connect with second avenue, and also extending to the east 100 feet.

According to Grabau, the cost of extending the road to the west would be approximately $68,000. The 100 foot extension to the east would cost around $20,000.

Dave Kiehne, who owns the property to the west of the Jacobson Addition, was at the meeting, and stated that he did not want the street extended. The idea was dropped by the council.

The property to the east of the addition is owned by Lee Bigalk. According to City Administrator Jerome Illg, Bigalk would be willing to develop the land if the extension was added to the street.

Grabau presented the council with three options for assessing the cost of the project. In all three options, the city would cover 50 percent of the cost. In option #1, calculated with no extension to the west or east of the addition, street and utility improvements would be assessed at a per property basis. The sewer and water main would be based on a lineal front foot basis, with a maximum of 150 feet.

In option #2, with the 100 foot extension to the east, Bigalk and Merle Jacobson would split half of the cost of the extension, at around $9,900 each.

Option #3, which Grabau felt to be the fairest way to go, the costs for sewer and water would be divided equally among the nine lots, with service hook-up fees extra.

Mayor Dave Kingsley noted that the land to the east of the addition is not platted, and therefore the owner should have to pay 100 percent of the costs.

"We are committed to paying 50 percent on platted land," said Kingsley. "But if it's not platted I don't see how we can add a road. What happens in the future? Are we committed to 50 percent forever out there?"

Grabau mentioned that option #3 would also work without the 100 foot e .....
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Tschumper addresses county board

Fri, Apr 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Representative Ken Tschumper started his discussion saying that he had some good news at the April 3 board meeting. He said that the $500,000 needed to forgive Fillmore County's MR-RC (mental retardation and related conditions) Waiver debt ..... 
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Church Hill development agreement signed

Fri, Apr 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - With a development agreement signed at the Lanesboro City Council meeting April 2, developer Dan Anderson can now move ahead with his plans for the old school building. According to the agreement, construction is to begin by December 31, ..... 
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Historical elevator restoration nearly completed

Fri, Apr 6th, 2007
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The president of the Historical Society in Preston, Dick Petsch, updated the city council on restoration progress for the old elevator at the April 2 meeting. Council member Jon Haugan was absent.

Petsch proudly reported that the ele ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: 2007 stormwater upgrade project goes to bid

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
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City Engineer Bryan Holtz fielded any remaining concerns about the stormwater project at the March 26 Spring Valley City Council meeting. After which the city council unanimously approved a resolution accepting plans and specifications and authorizi ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Highums to donate land in honor of Asmund Vaagen

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
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The Rushford City Council accepted the gift of property on Magelssen Bluff from Glen and Rob Highum at their regular council meeting March 26. Jamie Edwards of the DNR facilitated the donation. Acceptance of the donation is subject to all deeds and ..... 
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Commissioners Report:Township representatives air opinions and questions

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
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PRESTON - A Public Hearing for the Rural Addressing Ordinance Amendment drew several township representatives to the March 27 County Board meeting. Danea Larson, Rural Addressing, read the proposed amendment dealing with which government unit is res ..... 
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Garrison Keillor will broadcast from Lanesboro

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
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LANESBORO - Thanks to Rhubarb Festival Coordinator Nancy Martinson's hard work, Garrison Keillor will broadcast his show, "Prairie Home Companion," from Lanesboro the first weekend in June. Julie Kiehne and David Harrenstein appeared before the Lane ..... 
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Preston 2007 street and utility improvments go forward

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
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PRESTON - The Preston City Council voted unanimously to go ahead with the order for plans and specifications for the 2007 street and utility improvements at their March 19 meeting. Because of the tight time frame the council had no choice but to tak ..... 
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