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Rushford Village waits for answers


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Several issues and the projects for the city are in a holding pattern. While the majority is ready to move forward, various pieces of information remain before the city can press on.

The Tuff Lane Bridge project, estimated as a nearly $100,000 county-mandated project, is prepped for bid letting. However, required permitting has not cleared. Due to the massive watershed related to the project, the city was subject to various permitting from the Department of Natural Resources and the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District. It’s unclear whether the project required additional permitting from the Army Corps of Engineers, citing jurisdiction claim over the waterway. Once the remaining permitting is in place, the city will order formal bid letting on the project. Construction may likely happen spring of 2015.

The city is also waiting for information relating to the unauthorized dumping of sealcoating material along a portion of County Line Road. Several Village roads, not the road in question, were sealcoated as routine maintenance. According to Mayor Gordon Johnson, leftover material was dumped over a portion of the gravel County Line Road, which led to severe rutting.

“The sealcoating guys didn’t have any business dumping on our road,” added Public Works Director Bob Thieret. He went on to add that his department graded the road, but it deteriorated again, due to the material. They intended to bring crushed rock and grade again, but a resident had independently contracted to apply a dust deterrent over the section and it was applied three days before the department was to do the work. Public Works decided to add the rock and grade over the dust deterrent regardless, as the only manageable solution, and later had new deterrent applied. Now, the city is seeking to have the sealcoating contractor pay for any added costs that came as a result of the unauthorized dumping.

The sum of the original contracted work was $75,811.27. The city, under recommendation from attorney Tom Manion, has reviews options for including paying a portion of the contract or none. The city opted to hold back all payment to the contractor until an agreement on added costs can be secured. “It was their negligence that did it. I would recommend withholding it all, as part of the integrated contract. That’s your leverage,” noted Manion.

An issue with illegal water curb stop tampering is also i .....
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Preston Sets Alley Assessment Policy

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

An addition to Preston’s assessment policy was approved at the city council’s October 6 meeting. About three weeks earlier, requests for several possible alley improvements had been discussed. Councilman David Harrison was absent. At that time ..... 
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Mabel City Council discusses renovating ball field

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on October 8, 2014 at 7 pm. City Council member Kirsten Wyffels was absent. Sean Welty from Davy Engineering was present at the meeting to update the council. Jech Excavating has encountered several problems with the ..... 
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Peterson preps for County 25 hearing

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

Having set the new hearing date for Wednesday, October 22, the city of Peterson is not leaving anything to chance and has invited a large panel to address public concerns. This hearing is the second regarding the authorization of the project and it ..... 
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Rushford council approves ordinance change allowing hunt

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Following a public hearing Monday, September 22, the Rushford council unanimously approved changes to two ordinances that could potentially pave the way for in-city deer hunting. The topic has been up for discussion for several years and during the ..... 
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County hears recommendation for a Real Time Flood Warning system

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Government

By Karen Reisner Ken Soiney, River Rats Outfitters in Lanesboro, and Mike Welvaert, hydrologist/meteorologist for the National Weather Service in La Crosse, discussed the need for a real time warning system up-river from Lanesboro during the Citize ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Government

•Monday, October 13, Whalan City Council meeting, 5 p.m., City Hall. •Monday, October 13, Houston City Council meeting, 7:30 p.m., City Hall. •Monday, October 13, Wykoff City Council meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall. •Monday, October 13, Chatfie ..... 
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Local Minnesota House candidates speak on agricultural issues

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Government

November 4 is election day. Ag issues were highlighted at a forum broadcasted by KFIL radio and hosted by Southeast Minnesota Ag Alliance on October 8 at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds. Area candidates for state house seats, including 28B candidate ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in All Government

•Monday, October 6, Lanesboro City Council Meeting, 5:30pm, City Hall. •Monday, October 6, Preston City Council Meeting, 6pm, Council Chambers. •Tuesday, October 7, Fillmore County Commissioner Meeting, 9am, Fillmore County Courthouse. •T ..... 
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