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Preston City Council Report: Plans approved for new water main system


Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

Joe Palen, an engineer with Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik and Associates, presented to the council plans and cost projections for Spring Avenue and Ridge Road Projects in conjunction with MnDOT's highway 52 design. The center of the plan is to replace an aging and undersized water main.

The proposed system commences at Center Street and would handle run-off from an area approximately 254 acres. The proposed pipe would be sixty-six inches in diameter and would have twice the capacity of the existing system. The smallest end of the pipe would be forty-eight inches in diameter where it would connect to a detention pond directly south of the Branding Iron Restaurant. Palen related that this is an expensive system and is designed to convey and carry a ten-year storm. The pipe has a “tremendous amount of capacity.”

The system will work in conjunction with the two proposed ponds and possibly a third in the future. Water would be routed differently than it is currently; catch basins will route it on the other side of the highway. Palen also proposed that as many as five smaller items could be done more economically if completed in conjunction with this major construction.

Construction of the new water main and the related catch basins are a prerequisite to the MnDOT project on highway 52. The cost splits between federal, state, county and city are complicated. The city's responsibility varies depending upon the classification of the street. The city will need to pay for most sanitary sewer, water main and utility services not associated with the storm sewer construction. The city pays for 38% of the storm sewer leads and catch basins on Kansas Street, Spring Avenue, Brownsville Street, and North Street. The costs on the construction of the aforementioned streets plus Ridge Road would be estimated at $146,297.05. Estimated utility construction including sanitary sewer, water main, utility service, and storm sewer, is $599,056.82. The total exposure for the City for the two projects is $745,353.87.

Three ways to pay for the improvements were outlined by Palen: a general tax, assessment (usually 20%), and bonding or a combination of all three. He stressed the importance of the principle that 'assessments must be fair and equitable'. He proposed that he work with Fred Nagle to see what the assessments should be. According to the current state law, if the city has an assessment for .....
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Commissioners’ Report: Zoning permits challenge county board

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Norman Craig, Fillmore County Zoning Administrator, brought two permits before the county board on Tuesday.

The first was a blasting conditional use permit for John Ackerman of Spring Valley Township. The second was a subdivisi ..... 
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County schools feel financial pinch

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Governor Tim Pawlenty has managed to cut a broad swath across Minnesota’s state budget, leaving only one area untouched: K-12 education. This should bring sighs of relief to Fillmore County school districts, but local superintendents find it difficul ..... 
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The Great Flu Epidemic of 1918

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

I had a little bird,

its name was Enza.

I opened the window,

and in-flu-enza.

(Children skipped rope to this rhyme during the flu epidemic.)

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Township Election Results

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Amherst Township

Gene Topness Supervisor12

Richard Kelly Treasurer 12

Arendahl Township

Richard Ostrem 14

Gaylord Brown 14

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Harmony Fire Department does well with grant funds

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

As representatives from the Harmony Fire Department explained to it’s city council the proposed expenditures for recently received grants, it was evident the department was sitting in pretty good shape. Bill Hanlon and Steve Donney outlined three gra ..... 
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Rushford Library construction deferred

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Burt Svendsen, chairman of the Rushford Public Library Board, visited the Rushford City Council meeting Monday, March 10, to report on library usage and building progress. Svendsen shared that the library is still seeing growing numbers of patrons as ..... 
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State cuts loom heavy on minds of commissioners

Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

"Counties will face some very heavy lifting to meet the challenges presented by the Governor’s budget proposal." That was the message from the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) during a video presentation conducted by Policy Coordinator Karen B ..... 
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Historic Forestville won’t close quietly

Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

The emergency meeting regarding historic Forestville’s future drew in a full room March 4 at the Forestville State Park Pavilion. Friends of Forestville and the general public met with Tom Ellig, Southern District Manager of Historic Sites for the Mi ..... 
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