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Chatfield hires deputy city clerk


Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council authorized the hire of Beth Carlson to fill the deputy city clerk position at the June 22 council meeting. Councilors Robert Pederson and Ken Jacobson were absent.

City Clerk Joel Young reported that there had been 25 applicants for the position; four applicants were interviewed. Councilor Mike Urban said the pool of applicants that they interviewed were strong candidates. Carlson is expected to start at her new position sometime in July. She has had four years of experience as city clerk for the city of Lewiston. Young said she is well qualified and has had formal training on the software used by the city. Carlson is a Minn. certified municipal clerk. Young commented that it is nice to have a candidate that can step right into the job.

The council also authorized a part time staff position for current deputy city clerk Nancy Timm.

Economic Development

Authority

Chris Giesen reported that an application had been submitted last year to the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission for a designation as a regionally significant park. This designation would allow the city of Chatfield to apply for “Legacy” grant funding for park related projects.

Last year’s submission was not selected for review, but scored medium allowing for a more developed plan to be resubmitted. The plan submitted included Millcreek and Groen Parks and the surrounding area and facilities, which together would be named Chosen Valley Regional Park.

The council authorized staff to “request the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission to designate the Chosen Valley Regional Park as regionally significant.”

The EDA recommended approval of a $21,000 revolving loan to Steve Huper, Steve’s Auto Care, to help with the purchase of the “Magnum Sports Building”. Huper wants to move his repair shop to this location. The loan was approved as presented.

Giesen gave a report on the money the city received ($297,543.84) for its portion of the Rochester Sales Tax Fund. The money is to be spent on economic development projects. About $175,340 has been spent or is committed to be spent on projects that have been approved by the EDA and the city council. Monies have went toward the Twiford Redevelopment Project, EZ Fabricating construction project, a market feasibility study for a new hotel project within the city, .....
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Spring Valley to increase sewer rates

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council dealt with two main issues at the June 22 regular meeting. The first issue was a proposed increase in the city’s sewer rates. City Administrator Deb Zimmer stated, “This is just a slight increase” (of 2% to the ..... 
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Government this week - 6.29.15

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Thursday, July 2, Fountain City Council, City Hall, 7:30 p.m. • Monday, July 6, Laneboro City Council, City Hall, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, July 6, Preston City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. Schedule subject to change.

Rushford approves offer for community center sale; new city engineer

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, June 22 Rushford Council meeting brought the long-awaited news of an offer to purchase the former community center, ending a nearly 6-year saga. Located at 1108 Miller Circle, in the Himlie Business Park, the center was initially approve ..... 
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Preston approves EDA recommendations

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Cathy Enerson, Economic Development Authority Coordinator, recommended that the city move forward with Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) applications at the June 16 city council meeting. The council approved the application ..... 
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Peterson hashes out project details, planning commission work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

Already in the midst of the County State Aid Highway 25 project, the Peterson City Council tackled a bevy of issues including bonding for the project, water rates and revenues, property variances, property and utility easements and movement, and the ..... 
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County Board of Appeal and Equalization

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in All Government

On June 16 county assessor Cynthia Blagsvedt reviewed the role of the board and summarized 2014 sales, new construction, and valuations at the Board of Appeal and Equalization. One residential appeal was acted on. Board member Duane Bakke asked if ..... 
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Rushford Village awards bid; reviews permitting requirements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The City of Rushford Village has awarded the bid for the 2015 Pavement Management Plan to Dunn Blacktop Company, of Winona, in the amount of $158,838. Engineer’s estimate for the work was $140,000. Costs related to street widening were significant ..... 
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Government this week - 6.22.15

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Monday, June 22, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. • Monday, June 22, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, June 22, Chatfield City Council, City Hall, 7 p.m. • Tuesday, June 23, Fillmore County Co ..... 
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