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Wykoff citizen questions city council ethics


Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff City Council met on Tuesday, July 8 with a full audience in attendance. With standing room only, the council wasted no time approving a new council member to fill the seat left open when Protem Mayor Jeremy Comstock was put into office at a special meeting held on June 18, 2014. There were four applications turned in to fill the vacant council seat: Tim Grabau, Brody Mensink, Gerald Jacobsen and Tim Zwart. Council members reviewed the applications and noted two applicants were previous council members. Councilman Vreeman made a motion to appoint Tim Grabau and it was noted within the council Grabau had served a term prior at the start of the sewer plant discussions. Protem Mayor Jeremy Comstock asked for a second on three occasions and one was not given so the motion was ceased. Councilman Mitch Grabau made a motion to appoint Gerald Jacobsen to the vacant seat, citing Jacobson had ran for the appointment in the previous election and wanted it then. Councilman Vreeman seconded the motion, it passed 2-1 with Councilwoman Larson opposing. Gerald Jacobson was present and called to the council table where he recited an oath and signed paperwork and then took his new seat.

Mayor Comstock asked Councilman Vreeman to be the Mayor Protem until the end of his term. Councilman Vreeman accepted.

Fire Chief, Wade Baker, addressed the council with a concern from resident Roxanne Sabatke, who was in attendance. The Wykoff Fire Department has a controlled burn scheduled for August 2, 2014, in a residential area. Baker explained Sabatke had provided a letter stating concern for health and safety. The burn has been cleared by the proper authorities; the property had been inspected and there was no asbestos hazard. Roxanne Sabatke provided a letter from her physician to the council and while stating she understood the importance of training opportunities, she felt they should not be done in residential areas and made the council aware she was against it. She further stated the council had been ‘put on notice’ if the burn goes forward and there were any health related problems because of it she would not be the one paying for bills or damages.

Fire Chief Baker further explained the process of a controlled burn, citing the burn would be complete with no smoldering left that would cause lingering smoke or fumes of any kind. Baker gave an in depth description of the process based on his previous experiences, which by his .....
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Preston approves bond sale for 2014 street projects

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the July 7 Preston City Council meeting, Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, informed the council that the city’s favorable “AA/Stable” Standard and Poor’s rating had been reaffirmed. Councilman David Harrison was absent. The city ..... 
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Inflow and infiltration issues in Harmony

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

At the Harmony City Council meeting on July 8, city employee Chris Johnson brought a problem to the attention of the council. Johnson noted at the wastewater treatment plant, there has been high levels of water infiltrating from the ground. While ..... 
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Seven EMTs added to Mabel Ambulance

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on June 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. The city had accepted sealed bids for the 2004 Chevy Impala police car that is no longer being used by the police department. The bids were opened at the coun ..... 
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County Board recognizes probation/parole week

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Alex Bunger, Support Services Unit Supervisor with DFO Community Corrections, reviewed the proclamation in recognition of Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week (July 13-July 19) at the board’s July 8 meeting. DFO (Dodge-Fillmore-Olmst ..... 
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Fountain City Council discusses sinkhole

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

Fountain resident Jason Sethre attended the July city council meeting held on July 3, 2014 to request assistance in dealing with an ongoing sinkhole problem on his property. According to Sethre this is the third sinkhole that has developed on the p ..... 
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Canton denies request to vacate alley

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

The request to vacate the alley between 301 & 303 East Fillmore Avenue in Canton was denied at the Canton City Council meeting on July 9. The request was made by Canton residents Holly and Jamie Knutson at the city council meeting in May and a pub ..... 
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Lanesboro looks at arts campus project

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Courtney Bergey attended the Lanesboro City Council meeting on July 7 to speak to the council about the Arts Campus Project. Bergey works for the Lanesboro Arts Council, and they have been working on a plan that will create better signage around ..... 
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Judge's administrative order discussed

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Government

By Karen Reisner Fillmore County Attorney Brett Corson presented information at the county board’s July 1 meeting concerning Third Judicial District’s Chief Judge Jeffrey Thompson’s administrative order (October, 2013). The order requires a v ..... 
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