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Rushford City Council Report: Rushfordites: Dont run those sump pumps into the drain!


Fri, Jun 18th, 2004
Posted in Features

INI and VFD were two very important acronyms at the June 14 Rushford City Council meeting as Public Works Departments Jeff Copley explained the problems at the water treatment plant over the past week. Greeting the council with, "I hope your weeks better than mine," Copley told of the excessive wastewater entering the treatment plant and flooding it. On June 10, 380,000 gallons came in. Since then the rate has risen each day with 489,000 gallons on Monday, June 14. The plant can only handle 330,000 gallons each day, and normal wastewater flow is 130,000 to 150,000 gallons a day. Copley noted that this is the fourth bypass since he has worked for the city.

Apparently INI (Inflow infiltration) is a big factor in the huge increase of wastewater; INI is caused by roof drains, cracks in basement walls, seams in pipes and lateral connections. With the recent heavy rains, many residents have been using sump pumps to clear water from their basements. Often these pumps are pumping the water into the homes drains; this is illegal. All sump pumps are to be pumped to the outside yard and not into the drain.

The city of Rushford will not be fined for currently operating in violation of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) because the situation was called in. Now the city needs to fix the problem within the required timeline however.

A major portion of the needed repairs is a broken screw pump. The pump would cost roughly $178,000 to replace. Copley estimated that it might take between thirty days and three months to get a needed repair part. He went on to say they didnt know if the aged pump could even be repaired; it would need a custom-made 12-inch bronze sleeve in order to be rebuilt. Copley suggested that a VFD (variable frequency drive motor) sump pump would be a viable alternative. Copley noted that the old VFDs were very expensive, but that they had gotten much more inexpensive lately.

The older sections of town have deteriorating sewer pipes with a seam every four feet. These seams let water in when the water table is high as it has been since the heavy rains. At a cost of $60 per foot, total city-wide replacement would be extremely costly. Other options might include relining the drains.

Smoke detection testing could show individual INI offenders. Another research method suggested by engineer Russ Stammer was running a camera through the .....
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Harmony City Council Report: Council chided for out-of-town purchase

Fri, Jun 18th, 2004
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I was disappointed we went out of town, stated Kerry Kingsley, owner of Kingsley Mercantile of Harmony, as he addressed the Harmony Council on Tuesday, June 15. The city council had awarded a mower bid to M & M Lawn & Leisure, a Rushford business, ..... 
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Public hearing set on Heartland JOBZ project

Fri, Jun 18th, 2004
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The Preston City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 28, to hold a hearing for the purpose of considering a Business Subsidy Agreement between the city of Preston and Heartland.

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Commissioners consider legal review of county Zoning Ordinance

Fri, Jun 18th, 2004
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With the many challenges the countys zoning ordinance has faced, the most recent example being the court ruling by Judge Robert Benson against the county in the Slabaugh case, the county board has decided it is time to seek out expert legal advise.< ..... 
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Fillmore County P&Z: Yet another subdivision draws fire

Fri, Jun 18th, 2004
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A proposed six-lot subdivision in the SW1/4 of the NW1/4 of Section 32 in Preble Township wasnt warmly received as numerous residents of the community spoke up during the public hearing at the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning meeting on Thursday ni ..... 
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Gentlemen, start your engines!

Fri, Jun 11th, 2004
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LANESBORO - Finding Andy Kelly on a typical Friday night might be more difficult than you would expect. He is not likely to be out partying or driving to Rochester to see a movie. He is probably not even cruising around the streets with his friends. ..... 
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JOBZ could save Heartland millions

Fri, Jun 11th, 2004
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PRESTON - According to the terms of the settlement reached between the city of Preston and Bob and Elaine Maust, the city will pay the Mausts $325,000 to drop all litigation against the city. If the city is able to enroll Heartland in the state JOBZ ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Detachment petition presented to council

Fri, Jun 11th, 2004
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Jim Wagner petitioned the Lanesboro City Council at their June 7 meeting for detachment of property belonging to him and his son Rob Wagner from the city of Lanesboro. Wagner currently has city water to his property; he and his neighbors paid the ent ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Council approves easement for Midwest Wireless tower

Fri, Jun 11th, 2004
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The Preston City Council made short shrift of business at their regular meeting on Monday, June 7, completing their affairs in a mere 35 minutes.

The big item of the meeting was a decision by the council to enter into an agreeme ..... 
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