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Harmony City Council Report: Who pays for extra meters?


Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

Harmonys council members thought they had covered all the issues when they redid their meter policy several months ago. It was their intent that the changes reflected fairness both to single dwelling property owners, multi dwelling units, and the city. A property owner receives the first water meter free with an additional meter at the owners expense. With the new base and sewer rate changes still in its infancy stage, a glitch was presented to the council by Dwight Scrabeck, Harmony, the owner of a newly constructed four-plex on 5th St. N.E. Scrabeck had placed two meters on each of his four units, monitoring both cold and hot water usage. The object was to have renters pay only for what they use, and not simply divide the total amount by four, leaving someone one to actually pay for someone elses extra usage. Scrabeck had consulted with the citys maintenance employees Brian and Chris Johnson before doing so, with their feedback assuring the owner that this would be the way to proceed.During this time, the city changed their policy regarding meters, and who is responsible for which meters. Because of the change, Scrabeck received one free meter and was billed for eight meters. The $82 per meter charge, according to Scrabeck, should only be for four meters, as there will be four new accounts for the city. Each account receives the first meter free and would be responsible for the additional meter. Council member Gerald Shuck and City Administrator Jerome Illg explained that as the property owner, Scrabeck is responsible for the meters, not the renters. Thus he was billed for eight and not four meters. Scrabeck pointed out the city was benefiting from four new accounts. He also reminded the council that he had sought advice from the citys maintenance and had acted accordingly. Chris Johnson told the council that Scrabeck was initially doing it right and then came the policy changes. Johnson suggested that this project be grandfathered in under the previous policy. Following more discussion, Shuck moved that the meters be grandfathered in, as it was important to honor the word of its city maintenance people. He noted that thats what they are there for, the council cant leave them out on a limb, and council members cant be around to answer every question by a city resident.Scrabeck then presented a second issue regarding being charged a base charge per apartment unit when two o .....
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Commentary: Europe questions Bush strategy on terror

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

I was in Europe when the bombings in Madrid took place on Thursday, March 11.

In fact, my daughter and I had taken a train from Amsterdam to the town of Haarlem and then on to the coast at Zandvoort that day. It was cold and cl ..... 
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Moose trial begins March 22

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

Jury selection in the Floyd Moose trial begins in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, March 22. According to County Administrator Jim Attwood, thirty prospective jurors have been called for Monday, with ten additional jurors available for Tuesd ..... 
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Class of 74 takes reunion to new heights

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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Class reunions, for many, conjure up images of boring hotel ballroom dinners where spouses are dragged along kicking and screaming. Thats definitely not the case for Spring Valley High Schools Class of 1974. Eight members of this close-knit class a ..... 
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Commissioners take a stand

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
Posted in Features

For the third time the courthouse construction project has had a leaky roof. This time it happened just days before the (already rescheduled) department office shuffle was to commence. On Friday, March 5th, driving rains in the early morning hours fo ..... 
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Fillmore County Commissioners Report: County holds employee recognition ceremony

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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Each year Fillmore Countys commissioners recognize county employees who have reached a five-year increment in employment. Those individuals were thanked for their service during the regular board meeting March 9. Thirty-two individuals received cert ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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Felony Dispositions

Douglas Henry Dehn, 49, of Rochester pled guilty to prohibited anhydrous ammonia activities. Judge Robert Benson sentenced him to 12 months and one day in prison and ordered him to pay $97 in fines after Deh ..... 
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Township Election Results

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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Amherst Township

Supervisor: Merwood Storhoff, 13

Clerk: Dean Underbakke, 13

Arendahl Township

Supervisor: Darrel Hatlevig, 12

Clerk: Keith ..... 
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Surviving the Beargrease

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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Four amateur radio operators from Spring Valley - Gary and Gladys Peterson, Roland and Marilyn Matson - made the annual trek earlier this month, to the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. There are actually two races: the Mid Distance, which begins in ..... 
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