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Rushford approves report for Street Utility Improvement; canoe launch agreement


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

In a three-hour meeting, Monday, March 14, the Rushford Council hit at a number of ongoing project preparations. A preliminary engineering report for the 2016 Street Utility Improvement took the majority of discussion. Brain Malm, engineer for Bolton & Menk, Inc. was on hand to lay out the details and answer questions on work planned for South Burr Oak Street and Hillcrest Drive later this year.

Highlighting existing conditions, Malm stated that both streets are currently 32-foot paved roadways of “very poor condition”. Curb and driveway apron are also deemed fair to poor. Additionally, Burr Oak suffers from poor elevation leading to the levee interior drainage system, creating ongoing water drainage issues. The street has no storm sewer system, while Hillcrest has two poorly functioning catch basins at the Watt Street intersection.

Existing sanitary sewer on Burr Oak is 6” concrete pipe with wet well lift station with single pump system that does not meet Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Hillcrest, on the other hand, is constructed of 8” concrete pipe, but both systems are 40-50 years in age and are considered in poor condition. Watermain conditions do not fare better as both streets have 6” cast iron pipe, more than 50-years-old, which are also in poor condition.

Proposed improvements include widening both streets to a 36-foot wide paved surface, including new curb, gutter, and driveway apron. A shared driveway at the south end of Burr Oak, that currently serves two properties and provides access to the levee and Root River State Bike Trail, will be paved during the project, albeit without curb and gutter.

Storm drainage improvements to Burr Oak are proposed to include a shallow outlet with perforated tile discharge to the levee system. The French drain-style solution will not prevent some large quantity rainfall events, but it may help dry out the underground area at an increased rate. The slope of the drain is far less than engineers would prefer, being .7% slope on the grass and .4% slope, lower than the outlet, on the street. But, the firm hopes the drain will help address the long-time issue. The council is considering other water reduction efforts. Of course, the drain proposal all hinges on a number of easement issues.

On Hillcrest, the report proposes replacement of the storm sewer, extending up the cul-de-sac, and reduction of bypass flows with additional catch .....
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Trail Days 2016 will be one day event

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on March 3, 2016 for the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. A community meeting was held at the Fountain Community Center on March 1 regarding Fountain Trail Days 2016. It was decided that the town celebration wi ..... 
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County discusses small community septic issues

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in All Government

At the March 8 meeting of the county board, Sheila Craig, Community Sewage Treatment Facilitator for Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative, asked for a signature on an application for Cherry Grove to be put on the Minnesota Pollution Control Ag ..... 
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Peterson approves change in electrical rate

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

At the Wednesday, March 9 council meeting, the City of Peterson approved new electrical utility rates, following an in-depth rate study. The study, conducted by Star Energy Services, looked to address increasing costs of utility service and situatin ..... 
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Thomas Trehus addresses Harmony City Council

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Government

The Harmony City Council met for their regular meeting on March 8 at 7 p.m. All were present except for City Administrator Jerome Illg. Thomas Trehus introduced himself to the city council during the public forum. Trehus is running for Minneso ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council approves distillery

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro City Council met for their regular meeting on March 7, at 5:30 p.m. There were 21 visitors present at the meeting. The consent agenda was approved and included the abbreviated version of the renewable energy ordinance for publis ..... 
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Kids Corner of Caledonia plans to expand to Mabel

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met for their regular meeting on March 9 at 7 p.m. One council member was absent. Mayor Jim Westby opened several bids for the building of the wastewater treatment plant shed. The council read bids which covered labor an ..... 
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Manufactured home park green belt issue continues

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the March 7 meeting of the Preston City Council, there was a lengthy, contentious discussion concerning the city’s ordinance 152.04, which was approved in 1971. Specifically, discussion centered around the definition of a “green belt” and ..... 
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Scams worry Ostrander residents

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Government

The Ostrander City Council met on March 1 for a regular meeting, which started at 5 p.m. due to the Minnesota Caucus which was set to open at 6:30 p.m. Members present were Erin Brugh, Pam Kunert, Mayor Pat Nesler, Clerk Chris Hyrkas, Heidi Jones, ..... 
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