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Harmony City Council Report: Property owners along TH 139 frontage discuss final assessments


Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

The public hearing for Harmony’s TH 139-reconstruction assessment roll was a quiet one as Mike Lynch of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates outlined property owners’ responsibilities. Firm figures were presented now that the project has been completed. The $1,971,123.49 roadwork was broken down into the following categories with the total cost first and the assessed amount second:

•Sanitary Sewer: $71,247.70; $17,811.92.

•Water Main: $97,884.14; $24,471.04.

•Services: $41,782.58; $41,782.58.

•Lighting: $136,301.01; $0.00. •Sidewalk: $151,293.19; $7564.66.

•Storm Sewer: $606,833.91; $0.00.

•Street: $865,780.97; $0.00.

"The assessed portion of the project costs totals $91,630.20 or 4.65%,” noted Lynch. MnDOT is paying 57.52% of the total project and the city of Harmony is responsible for 37.84% or $745,776.76.

A property owner with 100 feet of frontage would be looking at $5,593.05 in assessments. Those owners have the option of prepaying the assessment without interest charges until November 15. The remaining portion of the assessment will be spread over ten years at a 5% rate and be payable with yearly property taxes. Without prepayment and depending on individual assessments, that additional payment will run from $600 to $700 explained Lynch.

A comment about new sod on the boulevard in some areas was described as coming from a "hog pasture" and "full of button weeds". Lynch assured the owners that some sod would be replaced as well as a few trees. A dry summer has done considerable damage to the sod. There has been a problem with the performance of the subcontractor explained Lynch. The general contractor will have to use a firmer hand to get the problem resolved.

Following the hearing, the council approved the resolution for adopting the TH 139 assessments.

Sewer project bids

Mike Lynch continued his presentation to the council, moving on to sewer project bids. There were four outfall bidders, with a $20,000 span between high and lowest. The bid was awarded to Swenke Company, Inc. at $38,757.

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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Stephanie Louise Halverson, 27, Mabel, was charged with two felony counts stemming from an incident in Mabel on March 2, 2003. Halverson is charged with assault in the second degree - dangerous weapon and making ..... 
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Canton woman on the front lines of environmental advocacy

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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How does a girl from the Twin Cites’ suburbs grow up to be an activist for agriculture and the environment?

Loni Kemp of Canton admits it’s a stretch.

She is currently the senior policy analyst for The Min ..... 
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Fillmore County Board discusses Heartland, defers any action

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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It was the Commissioners turn on Tuesday to state their positions —if they had one—regarding the proposed tire burning plant that has raised so many questions since the onset of the project. County Attorney Matt Opat outlined the proposed project’s c ..... 
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Commissioner upset over dust control problem

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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A lengthy discussion concerning the lack of dust control being implemented by Roverud Construction of Spring Grove at their Norway Township site south of Peterson was spearheaded by Commissioner Randy Dahl. He has received numerous calls on the dust ..... 
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Fillmore - Houston Joint Board of Health calls for EIS on Heartland

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

On Tuesday, October 7, the Fillmore - Houston Joint Board of Health passed a resolution asking the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Commissioner to require an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Heartland Tire Burning Facility pl ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Morten’s attorney asks that Judge Benson be removed

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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The attorney for Trevor Morten has filed a petition with the Minnesota Court of Appeals asking that Judge Robert Benson be removed from the case.

Morten is charged with second degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Tim Lo ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Sauer fills council vacancy

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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The Preston City Council met in the basement of the F & M Community Bank Monday night to accommodate the great number of citizens that were expected to attend.

The council faced a busy agenda which allowed adjournment after fou ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: City Administrator takes steps to improve city books

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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Bobbie Torgerson stepped into her role of city administrator and submitted her plan to correct negative cash balances in city funds at the October 6th Lanesboro Council meeting. Some of the funds had corresponding CDs which Torgerson suggested cashin ..... 
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