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Rushford jumps more hoops


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Following a lengthy process, several years in the making, to formally certify the levee system, the city has once again found itself at the mercy of FEMA requirements. While the process to recertify the levee is underway, FEMA elevation mapping on the landward side of the levee is now prompting cause for flooding concern in low-lying areas. Flood inundation mapping being released will indicate potential for flooding due to interior drainage. The proposed maps could cause 80 structures within the city to require flood insurance in the case of interior flooding.

Otomo Engineering, the firm that has been working with the city on various projects since the 2007 flood, believes the proposed FEMA maps are out of date and indicate incorrect elevations. Taken in 2008 in a series of fly-overs for Department of Natural Resources watershed work, the elevation data is likely off target by one to one and a half feet. It may not sound like much, but the firm has indicated it could be a critical difference to those structures.

FEMA would require flood insurance, as well as a flood elevation certificate, for the structures found within interior flooding elevations. Areas zoned by maps requiring insurance will need to attain a flood elevation certificate, the process which is intensive, requiring a 3-page report for each home or affected structure. “It’s been the city’s goal all along, to avoid flood insurance, when rebuilding the levee and drainage systems. Now they’re worried about what’s going on inside the levees,” noted City Administrator Steve Sarvi.

A proposal for a cooperative study between Barr Engineering and Otomo Engineering has been recommended. The Interior Flood Reduction Feasibility Study would correctly map the elevations and define potential mitigation options by conducting survey work and defining options. Furthermore, the study, which includes data points on the ground within 1/10 of an inch, has the ability to influence the FEMA mapping.

The cost of the work to determine elevations and develop methods of mitigation comes in at $33,459. “It’s expensive,” added Sarvi. “We certainly never planned for this.” Even if some structures are found to be within the flood zones after corrected elevations, there are options to use the data to determine ways to get them out of it. Mitigation efforts could include a series of pumps, adjusting elevations at locations, increasing storm water pip .....
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Houston Lions Club looks to place bandshell path

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston City Council held their monthly meeting on April 14. The meeting was chock-full of business before the council. The evening started off with Margaret Carlson representing the Hometown Pride community group. Carlson presented the counci ..... 
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Pilot Mound Township Rock Quotes

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Legals

The Pilot Mound Township Board will accept quotes for Class 2 crushed rock which meets specifications. Two quotes per company are needed: delivered and spread by June 30, 2014 and from the pile price. Quotes are to be on a ton basis. Certificates of ..... 
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Houston Public Schools will house owl statues as part of SELCO Legacy Grant

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held an unusually brief meeting on April 15. The board had a limited agenda to accommodate the superintendent interview that was scheduled after the meeting. At the meeting Interim Superintendent Rick presented information ..... 
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POET Biorefining – Preston hires new GM

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

SIOUX FALLS, SD – POET Biorefining – Preston has announced Chris Hanson as the plant’s new general manager. Hanson previously worked at POET Biorefining – Preston as the technical manager and will now be responsible for overseeing the 46 mill ..... 
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Spring Valley ambulance director to retire August 15

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council heard a presentation by Brian Hoff of Fillmore County that furnished information on the 2014 levy and the effect it will have on taxes. Meeting at 5:30 was the Board of Review to give the public an opportunity to questi ..... 
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Harmony bloodmobile exceeds goal by nine

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on April 1, 2014, succeeded in collecting 47 units of blood, exceeding its goal by nine. There were 48 presenting donors and one first-time participant. Congratulations to these donors who reached the following milest ..... 
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MILC program extended and start month revisions

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Preston Agriculture

PRESTON, Minn. - Tammy Martin, County Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Fillmore County announced that the 2014 Farm Bill extended the MILC program until September 1, 2014, or until the date on which the new Dairy Margin Protecti ..... 
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MnDOT seeks public input for statewide bicycle system plan

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The public, local government officials and transportation supporters are invited to provide input for Minnesota’s statewide bicycle system plan at one of nine meetings statewide. •April 23 in St. Cloud – Whitney Senior Ce ..... 
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