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Spring Valley “junk ordinance” being enforced


Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on April 27, with all members present. Minutes of the previous meeting, and April accounts payable, were approved. A citizen, Paul Mittelstadt, addressed the council about the city’s “junk ordinance”, asking, “Are you going to put some bite in this finally, or just going to let it pass?” He said there are unlicensed vehicles that have been eyesores for years, and he hopes the city will get them removed. Mayor Struzyk explained that years ago, this was handled through the courts, which took longer and often didn’t get results, but he said, “Now we’re the judge and jury, right here” and he added that if property owners do not take action in response to the letters being sent out, the city will take the appropriate actions and will add the cost to the assessments of the applicable property owners accordingly. According to Police Chief Tim Rasmussen, “There were 27 letters that were sent out; there’s a lot of vehicles on that list.”

Mike Buhany (of David Brown Associates) addressed the council regarding the refunding options for the city’s 2008 bond. Buhany explained that the bond isn’t eligible for refunding until February 2016, but “crossover refunding” could happen now. He summarized the process, and it’s advantages and disadvantages. He cautioned that a worst-case scenario would cost the city about $10,000, and with nothing to show for it. He said the main reason to do it would be, “Simply to lock in rates…nobody knows if rates will go up or down.” He also explained a second option, with less risk, and slightly less savings. He said if the council votes for the second option, the city would have until June 1 to change their decision. Overall, the first option could save the city about $62,000 (unless rates change), and the second option would save the city about $52,000. Buhany noted that, “It depends on your risk tolerance,” and he named several cities in southeast Minn. who had gone through similar refunding recently. Council member Jeff Vehrenkamp advised, “I’d be more inclined to lock in the savings now” (by choosing the second option, and locking in the $52,000 savings). The council voted unanimously to refund the bond using the second option.

Ambulance Association members Eileen and Sue addressed the council regarding equipment and supplies belonging to the Association, which they are requesting to remove from the facil .....
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Lanesboro makes zoning change to allow short-term rentals

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro City Council met on May 4, 2015 at 5:30 pm. All city council members were present. The minutes from the April 6, 2015 meeting were reviewed and approved. A public hearing was opened to discuss the zoning change request for the 200 ..... 
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Rushford Village continues support of trail development

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Vern Bunke, head of Bluff Tracks, is continuing efforts to see development of an expansive all- trail system in the Rushford Peterson Valley. Presenting an update to the Rushford Village Council, Tuesday, May 5, Bunke noted that approximately 500 mi ..... 
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Commissioners tour county jail

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Government

Sheriff Tom Kaase and jail administrator Jamie Fenske guided the commissioners through the county jail facility after the May 5 county board meeting. The Fillmore County Jail is about 50 years old and one of the two or three oldest county jails in ..... 
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The impact of Houston County public hearings

By Justin Zmyewski

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Government

The year 2015 is the year of two historic decisions for the county board. On February 18, 2015 a public hearing was held fundamentally addressing the issue of frac sand mining in Houston County. For nearly three hours the board of commissioners hear ..... 
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Government this week - 5.11.15

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Government

•Monday, May 11, Whalan City Council, City Hall, 5 p.m. •Monday, May 11, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. •Monday, May 11, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. •Monday, May 11, Chatfield City Council, City Hal ..... 
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Government this week - 5.4.15

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All Government

•Monday, May 4, Lanesboro City Council, City Hall, 5:30 p.m. •Monday, May 4, Preston City Council, Council Chambers, 6 p.m. •Tuesday,May 5, Fillmore County Commissioners, Courthouse, 9 a.m. •Tuesday, May 5, Houston School Board, 5:30 p.m ..... 
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Rep. Davids supports nursing home funding increase proposal

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL – Southeastern Minn. nursing homes would each receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in new revenue if a comprehensive health and human services finance proposal is signed into law. “Our nursing homes are critical to the success of ..... 
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Chatfield establishes new TIF district

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council held a joint meeting with the Chatfield EDA on April 27. Alicia Hinckly and EB Allen of H and A Real Estate want to build a “Cabin Coffee” restaurant on property at the west side of North Main St. at the Union St. inte ..... 
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