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Rushford City Council Report: Mayor Roberton questions backup generator purchase


Fri, Aug 13th, 2004
Posted in Features

Im afraid were spending $2 million we didnt need to spend, Mayor T.S. Roberton declared as he reviewed the power supply options and generators at the Rushford City Council meeting Monday night, August 9th. Roberton asked who had originally brought up the idea of purchasing back-up generators to the council. City Administrator Larry Bartelson answered that it may have been Mike Wish from Dairyland Power and Carol Schlimmer from Associated Engineering.

Roberton presented information he had found while doing his homework. According to Roberton the summer energy peak for last year occurred August 16, 2003 and demanded 3.4 megawatts of power. The four largest energy users in town use 1.3 megawatts. If the city were to add on-site generation at those four users locations, the peak load could be covered for a cost of $218,000 for generators and another $100,000 for installationmuch less expensive than the $2 million cost of the planned back-up generators.

The option for on-site distribution generators apparently had been thrown out and never presented to the council. It had been considered a plan that would not benefit the entire town, but only the involved businesses. Roberton pointed out that if the big four businesses had energy provided by those generators, the rest of the city customers would have saved money on demand charges. On-site distribution generation would not address outages from Dairyland, but Roberton noted that had only occurred once for a few hours in many years.

We werent given any options, Roberton commented. We rejected the Industrial Park (as a location for the back-up generator) because it would have had to go overhead. Now well be going overhead and having a big scar down the hill (because of the need to have a sixty-foot wide path cleared of trees).

Council member Ron Mierau replied, I dont feel we were misled by anybody.

Roberton answered, I think we need a reevaluation on how we make decisions up here. Weve already ordered $1 million worth of generators. I think weve done the citizens a disservice here.

Roberton also noted that the planned $176,000 per year repayment might not cover the costs of the project considering the current economy.

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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 13th, 2004
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Felony Charges

William Paul Miller, 37, of Wykoff, was arraigned on charges in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 9. Miller was charged with felony theft of an anhydrous ammonia tank from a Fountain area farm on J ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Water Park plan goes to committee

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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Carlisle Corson presented his plan for a Water Park and Resort at the Monday, August 2, Preston City Council meeting. He explained that his plan essentially only changes the location of the earlier proposed Recreational Center that would have been at ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Detachment and rural districting discussed

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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Jeff Hebl, a Zenith Street neighbor, brought his concerns about the recent Jim Wagner detachment petition to the Lanesboro City Council meeting Monday, August 2. Hebl reminded the council that the Wagner property was in the city limits when it was pu ..... 
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Two Whalan girls work for a cure

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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Emma McGrath sits in the hot sun along side the Root River Trail giving lemonade, brownies and cookies to bicyclists traveling along the bike trail. In return for this kindness, Emma asks each biker to make a donation to her favorite charity - the Am ..... 
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Preston gathers for a Town Meeting

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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This is not a debate, but a public discussion - the purpose is not to win an argument, but to hear many points of view, and explore multiple options and points of view.  a handout at the Preston Town Meeting.

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Commissioners' Report: Budget talks and permits dominate board meeting

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Board spent the bulk of their Tuesday, August 3 meeting holding preliminary discussions regarding the 2005 budget.

Departments have been asked to factor in possible increases of 20% for insurance and a cost ..... 
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Mosquito-related illnesses strike area

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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The increased rainfall this spring and summer has provided great areas for mosquitoes to breed in abundance. Mosquitoes have no real health benefit and are commonly responsible for such diseases as La Crosse Encephalitis, West Nile Fever, Malaria, an ..... 
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Citizens speak out on Heartland at county input session

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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PRESTON - Citizens Input never got more popular. Held the last Tuesday of each month to allow citizens to raise issues, the July 27 Fillmore County Board meeting attracted more than 40 people voicing their support or opposition to the proposed Heartl ..... 
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