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Commissioners’ Report: Rural addressing and E911 moves forward


Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

Jeff Cooper, Fillmore County Information Systems Director, presented costs and contract figures related to software and support staff required in the process of rural addressing and eventual implementation of the E911 system to the Fillmore County Board at their Tuesday, April 6, meeting.

The package, outlined by Pro-West & Associates, Inc. of Walker, MN reflects an estimated workload of 715 hours with hourly billing rates from $40 to $60, depending on the tasks description of which there are nine categories. The total costs come to $39,665.

Cooper believes it will require 1 1/2 to 2 years to complete the project. The initial work of collecting data, such as property locations within each township, was discussed at length.

Chairman Randy Dahl suggested there might be schoolteachers who would be interested in the data collection. Cooper said there are students in the field who are looking for internship positions. They are already familiar with the type of work expected and would stay consistent with the collection process. The hand-held data collection equipment is roughly $800-$900 a piece. The board asked Cooper to research this further.

Regardless of who does the collection, a member of each township will be available to the collector as the rounds are made. Highway Engineer John Grindeland stated the townships’ data collection could be completed this summer, with the new signage to be installed by next fall. The actual use of the system would not begin until all data has been collected and categorized.

When asked where he sees himself in relation to the entire project, Cooper noted he would ideally be spending half his time entering data and the other part working with the technology. Following the initial process of gathering data, a maintenance program must then be put in place, keeping in contact with the townships, post offices, zoning office on new construction, school districts, assessor’s office, highway department. and emergency services units. As time permits, other jobs can be filtered in between maintenance work. The board approved the contract with Pro-West & Associates., Inc. for the $39,665.

Zoning

Zoning Administrator Norm Craig explained the reimbursement request for a building permit. County policy stipulates that no refunds are normally given.

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Spring Valley man sponsors 4th annual Trout Day May 1

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

“I just love to fish!”

This love of fishing has led Jim Wernimont of Spring Valley to put on a non-profit Trout Day event at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park the past three years. The event is intended to bring people togeth ..... 
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This old (new) house

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

“This is my old house with upgrades,” Roxie Tienter said, describing her new 2,800 square foot house in Forestville Township.

The house looks like it was built in the 1930s: a two story gothic house with a high pitched gable roo ..... 
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A View from The Potting Bench

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

This week our rhubarb patch started showing its first growth. The bits of curly red new leaves among the remains of last years plants bring a promise of tasty treats in the near future. I was tickled to notice that Rhubarb is currently a “trendy” foo ..... 
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Another View: Water problems at courthouse over stated

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

The local media reported on the March 9 Fillmore County Board meeting that dealt extensively with roof leaks on the courthouse project. It is my opinion that Hill Roofing of Austin, the contractor on the project, is being blamed for things it is not ..... 
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Snowshoe Thompson

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2004
Posted in Features

One of the benefits of doing genealogical research is discovering new family connections. Such was the case when my research led me to Snowshoe Thompson, a Norwegian emigrant who became a mail-carrying hero to the gold miners of the Sierra Nevada Mou ..... 
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Moose pleads guilty to attempted murder

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2004
Posted in Features

Richard Jeffers was inspecting a landscaping job in the Conway Subdivision of Chatfield last May 23 when a man walked out of the weeds carrying a gun.

After asking Jeffers what he was doing, the gunman told him, “Let’s get movin ..... 
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Judge considers motion to stop Heartland construction

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2004
Posted in Features

An Olmsted District Court judge will consider whether construction of a tire-burning power plant in Preston should be allowed to proceed while the project undergoes additional environmental review.

Judge Joseph Wieners took und ..... 
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County to observe Child Abuse Prevention month

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2004
Posted in Features

At their March 23 commissioners’ meeting, the Fillmore County Board proclaimed April Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“Child Abuse Services (CAS) is a mandated state program that the county must provide,” Fillmore County Social Ser ..... 
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