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Harmony City Council Report: Council looks at police contract, new squad car


Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
Posted in Government



HARMONY - Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen attended the Harmony City Council meeting on March 13 to talk about the new police contract. The council approved the contract, with no changes being made from the previous agreemeent. Jensen presented the council with a quarterly activity report for July-September 2006, which covers the Harmony, Canton and Mabel areas.

Jensen also spoke with the council about purchasing a new squad car. The deadline for ordering a new car is April 1, and the sheriff's department has been looking at prices from local dealers. According to Jensen, the council should consider the fact that Harmony currently has no video system in their squad cars. The video system would record every stop made by the squad car.

Another thing for the council to consider is the fact that there will be new mandates for radio systems in 2013.

"It's easier to do the equipment updates when purchasing the car," stated Jensen. He added that it would be better for the city to be in line with the mandates now instead of having to purchase new radios in the next six years. The fire department and ambulance service will also have to comply with the radio requirements.

Jensen mentioned that there have been a few complaints from citizens regarding the response time of the police officers. He said dispatchers assess each call as it comes and determines if it is an emergency, and who to call.

"It's my personal opinion that these guys do an excellent job," said City Administrator Jerome Ilg. "We get a lot of coverage for what we pay."

Jacobson Addition

Several people living in the Jacobson addition in Harmony also attended the meeting to hear the proposed cost of street and utility improvements in their neighborhood. Devin Scrabeck has purchased a lot in the addition, on 5th Street NE, and in order to build a home there needs to be connected to the main water line.

Brett Grabau from the engineering company Boonestroo & Associates presented the council with an estimate of $110,517 for the project. The price includes improvements to sanitary sewer, water main, utility service and street improvements, all on Fourth Avenue and Fifth Street Northeast.

According to Grabau, the drainage that is already present can be maintained with this project. The streets will be 32 feet wide and paved.

The city will be assessing 50 percent of the street improvement costs to the adjacent l .....
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Preston citizens share questions and concerns about assessments

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
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PRESTON - A strong showing of Preston property owners first listened to, then questioned Joe Palen and Brett Grabau of Bonestroo and Associates about the proposed improvements and the estimated assessments at a public hearing held at Christ Lutheran ..... 
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Tourism growth noted

Fri, Mar 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County board members dealt with a light agenda at their March 6 meeting. Commissioner Duane Bakke was absent.

Deb Thompson and Holly Zuck of the Preston Tourism Committee offered statewide and county statistics demonstrating the gr ..... 
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Lanesboro has "snow" problems

Fri, Mar 9th, 2007
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LANESBORO - The Lanesboro City Council spent much of its regular March 5 council meeting dealing with snow problems. The first snow related issue was the consideration of a snow emergency ordinance for city streets. Currently no parking is permitted ..... 
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Agreement with Family Dollar okayed

Fri, Mar 9th, 2007
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PRESTON - Members of the Preston City Council wrapped up their business in less than a half hour at their March 5 meeting. Mayor Pro-tem Heath Mensink chaired the meeting in the absence of Mayor Kurt Reicks.

A development agreement with Sore ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Future airport project may be moved ahead

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2007
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PRESTON - County Commissioners adopted an airport plan for future hangers at the county airport at their February 27 board meeting. Highway Engineer John Grindeland explained that it was just a 'floor plan' or a layout for how future hangars will be ..... 
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Rushford approves tax exempt funding for residential home

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2007
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RUSHFORD - Neighbors of the proposed FCHS (Fillmore County Handicapped Services, Inc.) residential home turned out for the public hearing February 26 regarding potential tax-exempt funding for the home. Steve Fenlon, representing FCHS, reminded the ..... 
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Spring Valley looks at options for sewer rates

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2007
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SPRING VALLEY - Could Spring Valley residents and businesses be looking at a sewer rate increase? At the meeting of the City Council on Monday, February 26, Administrator Deb Zimmer said the city is looking at a rate increase that could come in thre ..... 
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Council prefers further negotiations over eminent domain

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2007
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PRESTON - An overflow crowd packed the Preston City Council chambers on Tuesday, February 20, to argue against the imposition of "eminent domain" to acquire the final two properties for the Forestville Trail.

Mayor Pro-tem Heath Mens ..... 
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