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Commissioners’ Report: Proposed courthouse project suffers major blow


Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

The county’s proposed courthouse project loomed precariously as a five page estimate with actual figures was passed out to the commissioners at the meeting on February 25th. It’s sub total of $3,890,519 shattering the board’s perception of a $3.8 million dollar budget as subtly as a lead pipe. That figure does not include a 10% contingency amount, construction management fees of $141,000, architectural fees $397,887.38, asbestos abatement, roughly $180,000-$190,000, and an unpenned amount for fixtures, furniture and equipment.

"This thing is getting out of hand," said Commissioner Bakke as a stunned board flipped through the pages. The board asked for an explanation, not having been clued in on the growing cost of the project in past meetings with the architects. Construction Manager Dean Sand, CAM, Inc. explained that several expensive changes had been added to the package including a hearing room, more details involving the basement, site utilities, and the unforeseen need to update water lines.

Commissioner Dahl pointed out that $64,000 alone was to be spent on excavation and back fill. He suggested the county’s own highway deparmtnet. do the hauling. They had the trucks and manpower. At this point, Chairperson Marc Prestby turned away from Dahl a furrow between his brows starting to emerge. The more Dahl talked about the highway doing the work, the deeper Prestby’s furrow grew, yet he remained silent. Never looking at Dahl as he flipped through the report, Bakke interjected saying that perhaps they’d better speak with John Grindeland, the highway department engineer before volunteering his employees. Prestby’s chair swung forward once again facing the architects as he agreed with Bakke. That part of the project could be bidded with and without the highway’s involvement.

"We need to get to an alternate bid with mechanics only," said Bakke. Sand pointed out that the county was only a few days away from plans being finalized. It wouldn’t cost the county any money to see how the bids actually fall. When it came time to call for the vote on giving authorization to advertise for bids on the project, Chairman Prestby and Commisioner Bakke voted ‘no’. The motion passed with bids to be in by March 28. The architects will open the bids, record and compare figures, check references, etc. and come back to the board with their recommendations.

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Planning Commission approves Sumner Township subdivision

Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
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The Fillmore County Planning Commission voted to recommend approval for the Bruce Bucknell subdivision in Sumner Township, sending the application on to the County Board for the final approval.

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Water worries Rushford Council

Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
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The Rushford City Council addressed the city’s omnipresent water concerns as it met February 24, 2003. The annual water report showed that in the past year 22,901,108 gallons of water were unaccounted for (and as a result not paid for either). This w ..... 
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SWCD will look at other ways to fund conservation programs

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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When Governor Pawlenty cut $7.3 million in water and soil resource grants state-wide in his unallotment process a few weeks ago, he probably wasn’t thinking about what effect his decision would have on local conservation programs. After all, the gove ..... 
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A taste of place

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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Think of a bag of Doritos or a Big Mac. What defines fast food?

Fast food is predictable, exactly the same every time we buy it, no matter what the season, no matter where in the world. It is highly processed, made in mass quant ..... 
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MPCA expected to rule EIS not needed on Heartland

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Citizens’ Board is expected to rule on Tuesday, February 25, that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not needed for the proposed Heartland Energy and Recycling plant in Preston. The Citizens’ Boar ..... 
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Preston City Council rescinds Heartland permit

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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A legal firm hired by the Preston City Council to offer legal advice has recommended that the council should rescind a conditional use permit (CUP) granted to Heartland Energy & Recycling in May.

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Lanesboro accepts $70,000 bid for old clinic

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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At their meeting February 18th the Lanesboro City Council accepted Lee and Charlene Draper’s high bid of $70,000 for the old clinic building at 104 Sheridan West. Charlene intends to move her beauty shop business to the building and will try to bring ..... 
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It’s in the wind

Fri, Feb 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

The McNeilus name has been on concrete trucks since 1976 and on garbage trucks since 1990. Garwin McNeilus’ high standards resulted in his company ranking Number One in the garbage/concrete truck industry when he sold it in 1998 to Oshkosh Truck. [Read the Rest]
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