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Help Our Neighbors/tourism center


Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the July 14 Chatfield City Council meeting a proposal from Help Our Neighbors (HON) to share space at the Tourism Center was approved. This non-profit organization was established in 2012 to help senior citizens stay in their homes.

HON will share the cost of utilities and pay for Internet access at the tourism center. A person from HON will be at the tourism center Monday through Thursday, allowing for time away for HON activities. HON, a non-denominational service started by four churches, currently has an office at Chatfield Lutheran Church.

The Park and Recreation Committee recommended approval. The two services are expected to complement each other. The city will provide a desk for HON at the center and allow a sign recognizing the group to be erected visible from the street.

Issuance of 2014 Street Improvement Bonds

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, asked if everything was ready to go. He was referring to the decision to wait for the issuance of the bonds at the June 23 meeting because all necessary easements at the Twiford Street area had not yet been signed. Bubany had advised the council to wait until they were sure of the amount of the bonds to be issued. The bid from Zenke, Inc. for all of the street projects (Branch and Twiford Streets, St. Albans Place, and the west Chatfield area) was accepted at the June 23 meeting. City clerk Joel Young said everything was now ready to go.

Bubany recommended a $1.725 million bond issue for the projects. The total project costs are expected to be $1.990 million with another $61,000 for bond related costs. State grants will make up the difference between the total costs and the bond amount. The net interest cost on the ten year bond is estimated to be 2.4 percent.

A resolution was adopted for the competitive negotiated sale of the bonds.

Other Business In Brief

•The appointments of Cole McKean and John Reed as volunteer firefighters were approved. There had been eight applications to fill the two vacant positions.

•A request from Curt and Peggy Sorenson to convey or redefine their property located at 214 and 216 Union Street (a townhome) was approved. The conveyance will result in two single family dwelling uses, which will conform to the R-1 zone. The properties can now be sold individually or can continue as one owner properties with two rental units. Kristi Clarke ha .....
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Rushford EDA revamps forbearance terms

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

There’s no denying that the Economic Development Authority’s revolving loan fund has done great things for Rushford’s economic growth. At least two past audits have garnered praise for its efforts. Still, there is room for improvement, as note ..... 
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Whalan City Council talks town improvements and house demolition

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the regular monthly meeting of the Whalan City Council that took place on Monday, July 14, a number of items were discussed and actions were approved. Present at the meeting were Mayor Larry Johnson, Everett Johnson, Jim Gustavson, David Rahn, Ma ..... 
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Rep. Davids named “Legislator of Distinction”

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Government

By Jason Wenisch ST. PAUL – The League of Minnesota Cities has honored State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) with its 2014 “Legislator of Distinction” award. The League annually recognizes lawmakers who display leadership in supporting ..... 
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Rushford Village weeds out issue; looks ahead

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following the Tuesday, July 15 council meeting, the City of Rushford Village has taken decisive action against the flourishing thistle population within its borders. According the Mayor Gordon Johnson, a specific complaint regarding a property was b ..... 
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Houston locks into animal control contract

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston City Council held a meeting on July 14. At the meeting, Chief David Breault informed the council of the weekly animal complaints which the police department is called to deal with stray or neglected animals in town. Chief Breault suggest ..... 
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Wykoff citizen questions city council ethics

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff City Council met on Tuesday, July 8 with a full audience in attendance. With standing room only, the council wasted no time approving a new council member to fill the seat left open when Protem Mayor Jeremy Comstock was put into office at ..... 
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Preston approves bond sale for 2014 street projects

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the July 7 Preston City Council meeting, Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, informed the council that the city’s favorable “AA/Stable” Standard and Poor’s rating had been reaffirmed. Councilman David Harrison was absent. The city ..... 
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Inflow and infiltration issues in Harmony

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

At the Harmony City Council meeting on July 8, city employee Chris Johnson brought a problem to the attention of the council. Johnson noted at the wastewater treatment plant, there has been high levels of water infiltrating from the ground. While ..... 
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