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Lanesboro City Council proceeds with Coffee Street bridge project


Fri, Nov 22nd, 2002
Posted in Features

A packed room, a court stenographer, and a couple of lawyers—the elements of a courtroom drama? Wrong, these were all part of an extremely eventful November 18th meeting of the Lanesboro City Council. Citizens packed the meeting room for the discussion of the Coffee Street Bridge project.

Rick Engstrom of WHKS engineering presented the bids to the council. Minowa Construction’s low bid of $353,022 was more than $100,000 above the estimate for the project, with the city’s share of the entire project ending up in the neighborhood of $136,000 to $141,000, an increase of more than $50,000. An unexpected $25,000 non-participating (the state will not contribute to this) structural removal cost fell solely onto the city’s shoulders. In addition, there was a great discrepancy in costs on various sections of the bids.

"I wish I could explain the numbers better, but I can’t. It’s just a numbers game," Engstrom said, stating that the bidding companies just choose different areas of the bid to bank their numbers.

The possibility of rejecting all bids and rebidding the project was rejected after Engstrom pointed out that nothing could change on the specifications because of the state involvement and the time frame was too short.

Bridge fundraiser Julia Borgen stated from the audience, " I really believe the people will double their donations, and there are some businesses willing to do pretty large donations once it gets going."

Councilwoman Peggy Hanson suggested that since both the bridge and the clinic building are capital assets of the city, perhaps some of the proceeds from the clinic’s sale could be used to fund the bridge project. Ultimately, the council voted to accept the low bid with the provision that the referendum only pay the original amount ($98,000), leaving further fundraising and the clinic sale to cover the additional cost. The next hurdle comes as the state considers whether it will cover an additional $85,000. Engstrom gave 50/50 odds on that happening, mentioning the new state fiscal year might help open the state purse strings. If the state rejects the bid, the city would need to decide if it would cover the extra cost itself.

The vote to proceed with the project was 4-1 with Council member Jerome Halvorson voting in opposition.

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Old-world wagon rekindles Gypsy spirit

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
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It's not uncommon to come across wagons in all shapes and sizes dotting the countryside throughout the rural areas of Fillmore County. Wagons are a much needed and relied upon necessity for today's farmers. But travel a few miles north of Canton and ..... 
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Commissioner's Report: Wetland Preservation Program starts up

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
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The Wetland Preservation Program took a major step forword as the county approved its first two qualified applicants. Jeremy Maul, Soil & Water Conservation District, presented applications for an 11.9 acre parcel in Jordon Township owned by Gary And ..... 
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Fillmore County Fair comes under scrutiny

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
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Approximately 70 people turned out for the Fillmore County Ag Society annual meeting on Thursday, November 7, at the Fillmore County Office Building. Many of those in attendance came to talk about how to improve the Fillmore County Fair.
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Rushford City Council Report: Citizen input sought on library building

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
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Revisiting the library board’s presentation and proposal to build a new library from the previous meeting, the Rushford City Council had some questions about at their November 12th council meeting.

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Cornucopia and Commonweal withdraw from Lanesboro Center for the Arts project

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
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Citing the need to refocus their energies internally, two Lanesboro arts organizations have formally withdrawn from participating in the Lanesboro Center for the Arts (LCA) project.

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Harmony City Council reviews financing options for wastewater system

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
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Harmony’s City Council met once again with Chuck Janski to discuss financing options on the $909,000 wastewater system project. The city could qualify for the Rural Development Grant – if the city can get the paperwork done before the year 2000 mediu ..... 
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Eyota man charged with murder

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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On the morning of Thursday, November 7, Fillmore County Sheriff officers charged Joseph Allen Folkert with the murder death of Clarence Paulson. The 22 year-old Eyota resident was arrested at the Olmsted County Jail where he had been held since Octob ..... 
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Republicans sweep into office

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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Area voters turned out in large numbers for Tuesday’s mid-term elections. In Fillmore County 9,272 of the 12,110 registered voters (76.56%) came to the polls. Meanwhile in Houston County, 8,600 of 11,602 registered voters (74.13%) turned out to cast ..... 
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