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Peterson removes portion of County project; reviews school options


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

While the Peterson City Council had no new updates on the County 25 project currently being prepped for bids at the Wednesday, April 8 meeting, there was plenty of discussion regarding the option to extend sewer services to an area dubbed Myrtle Avenue. The area sits just west of South Church Street and has the potential for development of three residential lots in the future. Water service is already being stubbed in to Myrtle Avenue with the County 25 project and an option to stub in sewer lines was discussed at a special meeting March 24.

“I have concerns with the city spending substantial money,” noted councilor Loren Rue, who was the lone opposition vote at the March 24 meeting. The extra cost for stubbing sewer lines to the area is expected to be $2,000-$3,000.

“The sewer motion which was passed at the last council meeting benefits only one property owner at the expense of all others,” Rue continued in a written letter, dated March 30. “Currently, there are no plans to develop or sell the property for development. It has not been surveyed or plotted, therefore it is impossible to determine over what period of time the city would be able to recover its investment, or if the city would ever recover its investment.”

“Currently, Myrtle Avenue is only 15 feet wide, this is inadequate for fire, ambulance and residential traffic, and raises questions regarding public safety,” Rue continued in the letter. “Presently, the city does not have any regulations or codes regarding sub-divisions. To spend tax dollars for a project which may not happen, or may not be approved by future guidelines, is not prudent.”

Peterson councilor Gail Boyum, who made the original motion March 24 to include the sewer line extension, followed up after the last meeting by contacting city clerk of Rushford, Kathy Zacher. “I called her after the meeting because of what was said. In Rushford, the entire cost of subdividing is done by the developer,” said Boyum. “We’re not doing what’s in the best interest of the community. It didn’t seem appropriate,” she added, referencing the earlier decision.

After further discussion from councilors Dick Lee and Rue, the council voted unanimously to not extend water and sewer service to Myrtle Avenue.

A majority of discussion at the meeting also centered on the future of the current Rushford-Peterson Middle School, situated on the so .....
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Rushford Village looks to Wellhead Protection Plan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Pat Bailey, principal planner for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Water Source Protection Unit, was on hand at the Tuesday, April 7 Rushford Village Council meeting to discuss wellhead protection. The protection plans seek to “prevent con ..... 
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Ostrander Council considers repairs and upgrades

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Ostrander Government

On April 7, all members of the Ostrander City Council were in attendance for a regular meeting. Jason Schahl (from the accounting firm of Smith Schafer & Associates) presented a summary of the 2014 financial audit conducted regarding the City of Os ..... 
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Government this week - 4.13.15

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in All Government

•Monday, April 13, Whalan City Council, City Hall, 5 p.m. •Monday, April 13, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. •Monday, April 13, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. •Monday, April 13, Chatfield City Co ..... 
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Housing incentive applications approved

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

At the April 6 Preston City Council meeting three applications for 2015 housing incentives were approved. The incentive program is a partnership between the Preston Economic Development Authority (EDA), Preston Public Utilities, city government, and ..... 
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Fountain council hears from new wireless provider

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on April 2, 2015 where the first order of business was being introduced to Joe Glende with HBC of Winona, Minn. HBC is bringing their wireless internet service to town to start with and if there is an interest they cou ..... 
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Fire Department looking for more space in Canton

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

Fire Chief Randy Gossman was present at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on April 8 to ask about the possibility of expanding the Fire Department. Gossman stated that the Canton Fire Department is very tight on space and they going t ..... 
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Davids supports $7 billion house road and bridge funding plan

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All Government

By Jason Wenisch ST. PAUL, MN – State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said he was excited to hear about a legislative Republican plan that would invest $7 billion in new revenue for road and bridge projects across the state without raising ..... 
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Government this week - 4.06.15

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All Government

•Monday, April 6, Lanesboro City Council, City Hall, 5:30 p.m. •Monday, April 6, Preston City Council, Council Chambers, 6 p.m. •Tuesday, April 7, Fillmore County Commissioners, Courthouse, 9 a.m. •Tuesday, April 7, Houston School Board, ..... 
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