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Harmony City Council swears in new members


Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government



Harmony City Attorney Richard Nethercut swore in two people at the council meeting on January 13. Steve Donney, who was re-elected as Mayor of Harmony during the November election, and brand new council member Steve Sagen.

Building and maintenance

City employee Chris Johnson reported they are still working on the grit removal system at the sewer plant. They have been having some problems with the system and they are working on getting it running smoothly again.

The MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) received the report on transferring biosolids and found it to be complete and satisfactory. Johnson said they have another field they are going to be spreading sludge on in the fall.

Johnson said Corey Schultz from the MPCA did an inspection at the wastewater treatment plant and everything went really well. The inspection is done every three years. He made some suggestions and found only a few minor things that need attention.

Things are moving along at the site of the new well. Johnson said they are drilling four ten-hour days a week, and can only drill a foot a day, so it is slow work.

The city employees flooded the ice skating rink and it’s ready to go.

Library board

The library board gave the Council a letter stating they do not wish to receive a $25 per diem for each meeting attended. The letter was signed by all seven members of the library board. Council member Lynn Mensink, who is on the library board, said the board did not want to pay the $2,100 out of their budget.

Mayor Donney asked if they could pay the $25 per meeting out of the general fund. City Administrator Jerome Illg said the other boards receive a per diem amount as an incentive for people to attend meetings, and that money comes from their own budgets. He added the board itself was fine without getting any pay at all, so the matter was dropped.

Mensink said the library received $2,221 this last year in donations and book sales.

Other business

Illg informed the council the city was awarded the grant for the new siren and the generator at the fire hall. He also shared that the grant application for the home rehab program got through the first phase.

A local business is going through some state approvals and has hit some roadblocks, so the city has written some letters of recommendati .....
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Rushford approves sale of HBC building

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The first Rushford Council meeting of 2015, January 12, brought the expected annual housekeeping of boards, committees, meeting dates, and more. It also brought an opportunity for the city to sell a viable piece of downtown property and get the pr ..... 
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Council meets during blizzard

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Government

While the area was under a blizzard warning on January 8, 2015 the weather did not stop the Fountain City Council from completing the tasks at hand during their monthly meeting. Mayor Richard Kujath and council members Bryan Ostby and Jim Scho ..... 
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Whalan City council confirms officers, plans for 2015

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan City Council began the new year at its January 12, 2015, meeting by swearing in its officers and confirming a slate of official business connections. Returning Mayor Larry Johnson and Council members Everett Johnson and Jim Gustavson were ..... 
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Busy agenda at Spring Valley City Council

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

All members of the Spring Valley City Council attended a regular meeting on January 12. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and call to order, the Council approved minutes of the previous meeting, and approved preliminary accounts payable for Ja ..... 
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Westby sworn in as Mayor at Mabel City Council meeting

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on January 14, 2015 at 7 pm. All council members were present. Jim Westby was sworn in as the new Mayor of Mabel and Melissa Folstad was sworn in as City Council member. Sean Welty from Davy Engineering presented an u ..... 
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County board updated on Semcac programs

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Government

Wayne Stenberg, Executive Director, and Debbie Betthauser, Senior Services Director, reviewed Semcac programs at the county board’s January 13 meeting. Semcac gets an appropriation from Fillmore County each year. The board requested the review ..... 
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Canton denies request to vacate alley

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
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 p ..... 
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Peterson dives in with new council, projects, plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The new Peterson Council, including Mayor Tim Hallum, dove into a heavy agenda at their first meeting of the year, January 14. Following the official swearing in of Hallum and councilors Gail Boyum and Dave Colbenson who were reelected, the council ..... 
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