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Rushford approves Hwy. 43 bidder, moves financing forward


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The start of the anticipated Highway 43 project through the heart of downtown Rushford is drawing closer. Sealed bids were opened May 22 and the bid was awarded May 27 to McHugh Excavating of Onalaska, Wis. in the amount of $2,969,218. The amount did see some minor adjustment, but is very close to engineering estimates. MnDOT is currently reviewing the bid before signing off on it. The city is anticipating getting the green light from the state by June 15.

“We feel we got a good price. We’re good to go,” said Josh DeFrang, engineer for Otomo Engineering. The firm had no concern over only two bidders, largely in part to a thorough pre-bidders meeting with potential contractors. “We found out which companies were hungry and which weren’t,” he added.

Discussed in length at the pre-bidders meeting was the city’s desire to see the project move as quickly as possible, potentially utilizing multiple crews and extended work shifts, to minimize impact to the downtown, school, and Farmers Cooperative Elevator. Details will be hashed out at a construction meeting between the city, engineers, and the contractor. DeFrang did stress that the areas in front of the school and in front of the elevator would be done first. The target project end date is November 15. A structured fee penalty is built into the project should the contractor exceed that date.

While it was estimated that the project could have started earlier, Otomo Engineering found no issue with the perceived delayed schedule. “We’re comfortable getting it done,” noted DeFrang. “The road ban came off just two weeks ago. We don’t feel that we’re behind schedule at all.”

The road is expected to be closed to traffic and a detour has been selected. The north end bridge will be closed for the duration of the project and the south end bridge open. It was suggested that the roadway open to local traffic only once the gravel base was laid, but it would likely create issues with flex points due to settling and compaction. Keeping all traffic off the road also eliminates detour confusion and trucks attempting to utilize downtown streets. The streets immediately to the west and east on the interior side of the north end bridge are impassable for trucks due to a steep hill and a tight turn. All truck traffic is being rerouted around town, utilizing I-90 and Highways 76 and 16.

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Spring Valley in search of new ambulance director

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

It was a very short agenda at the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Wednesday evening. As the usual approval of the minutes and May Final Accounts Payable was dealt with, the first issue of pay adjustments for salary increases arose for Chad Hin ..... 
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Wykoff City Council addresses broken warning siren

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

It was determined the warning or tornado siren on South Street in Wykoff was not operational at May’s Wykoff City Council meeting. The city’s contracted electrician inspected the wiring to the pole that hosts the siren and everything was in work ..... 
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Preston endorses Root River restoration project

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained the plans for the restoration project at the council’s May 19 meeting. Trout Unlimited requested the city’s endorsement for their plans to improve Root River access for anglers on land owned by the city o ..... 
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Government the Week of May 26, 2014

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in All Government

•Tuesday, May 27, Fillmore County Commissioners meeting, 9 a.m., Fillmore County Courthouse •Tuesday, May 27, Fillmore Central School Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Schedule subject to change.

Canton considers request to vacate alley

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

Canton residents Jamie and Holly Knutson were present and made a request for the city to vacate an alley at the May 14 meeting of the Canton City Council. The alley runs between the Knutson and Newman properties in Canton and is not in use. Mayor ..... 
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Fillmore County Sheriff candidacy announcement

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in All Government

Rochester Police Shift Commander, Lt. Tom Kaase announces his candidacy for Fillmore County Sheriff. He has served with the Rochester Police Department for the past 18 years in the capacities of patrolman, community policing officer, investigator, na ..... 
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Spring activities, trail sign and new AEDs discussed at Whalan’s May city council meeting

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The town of Whalan, like all the other towns and villages of the Bluff Country region, is showing signs of life and activity after a cold, challenging winter, and that was apparent in a number of items discussed last Monday evening at the May city co ..... 
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Houston City Council amends city several city codes

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston City Council held a meeting on May 12. Before the regularly scheduled meeting a public hearing was held to discuss a draft of ordinances that will amend city code in several areas. Changes were made to several ordinances including trees, ..... 
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