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Spring Valley Council “Talks Trash”


Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

A regular meeting of the Spring Valley city council was held July 27 with all members present. A citizen, Luann, had signed up to address the council. She said, ”I have a complaint about Waste Management, about not getting service” and she went on to explain that on several occasions her trash hasn’t been picked up when scheduled, and that she’s called Waste Management several times and been assured it would be picked up, but it hasn’t been. Council members said that WM’s calls are often answered at a remote call center, and that better results are obtained by calling the local (Rochester) Waste Management District Office at 884-2903. Any citizens having problems with WM are encouraged to use this number.

The council also addressed two properties still not in compliance with the city’s “Junk Ordinance” regarding vehicles on their property. Police Chief Tim Rasmussen said, “There’s no change on the two (properties with inoperable vehicles) we’re working on, they’re still not operable”. One of the property owners was in attendance, and asked why the vehicle is required to be operable. Mayor Struzyk explained this is according to the city ordinance, and after some discussion, the council voted to give until the next council meeting for that vehicle to be operable. Regarding the other property owner and vehicle, Chief Rasmussen said the owner has been in Canada for a couple of weeks, and that the vehicle has no tabs, and is not yet registered in the property owner’s name. The council directed Chief Rasmussen to have the vehicle towed away to the impound lot on July 28.

The council discussed a list of concerns from the city attorney, Scott Springer, regarding the contract proposed by the attorney for the O’Connell’s regarding their planned purchase of the former elementary school lot. He mentioned several concerns related to possible liability issues for the city, and he suggested that the O’Connell’s attorney be asked to make the changes to the contract as Springer requests. He summarized in his letter that if the changes are not made, “…these are deal breaker concerns for me. If the city is going to have liability ties to this property, then you might as well continue to own it.” The council chose to follow Springer’s advice and ask the O’Connell’s attorney to change to contract as described.

The council addressed the Fire Relief Actuarial Service Proposal. Deb Zimm .....
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Chatfield Lutheran Church’s request to vacate alley approved

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Steve Maki, chair of the construction committee for the church, reviewed the campaign to expand their building at the city council’s July 27 meeting. The campaign started in 2013. In the fall of 2014 church representatives first approached the cit ..... 
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Rushford approves subsidy, lot rezoning as community center sale proceeds

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The future of the former community center, a one-time hope and frequent thorn in the side of the city, has now been sealed. Pending final closing of the sale, the building will be sold to Win-Tech Electronics, Inc. The sale was approved by the counc ..... 
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County updated on collaborative effort to reduce welfare fraud

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in All Government

Wabasha County Sheriff Rodney Bartsh and Detective Mike Lavigne (regional fraud prevention investigator) gave their account of this collaborative effort to the Fillmore County board at the July 28 meeting. Bartsh noted that welfare fraud investiga ..... 
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Wykoff News

By Donna Erdman

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Government

On Monday July 20, the Wykoff Area Historical Society had their monthly meeting at Mary’s Tea Room. WAHS is still looking for volunteers to work at Ed’s Museum this summer. Mary Sackett needs volunteers to give tours on weekdays when someone sto ..... 
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Government this week - 8.3.15

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Monday, August 3, Lanesboro City Council, City Hall, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, August 3, Preston City Council, Council Chambers, 6 p.m. • Tuesday, August 4, Fillmore County Commissioners, Courthouse, 9 a.m. • Tuesday, August 4, Houston School ..... 
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Peterson holds two meetings over sidewalk debate

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Peterson City Council held two special meetings, within four days of each other, to discuss the proposed inclusion of sidewalks on the west side of south Church Street. The July 23, the council allowed the public to comment and ask questions of ..... 
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Rushford Village talks hall rental; public hearing for expanded solar array

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Tuesday, July 21, Rushford Village meeting consisted largely of Planning and Zoning issues, but the potential rental of the Village Hall garnered most of the discussion. Mayor Gordon Johnson met recently with Root River Yoga owner Amanda Grigg ..... 
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Preston 2015 sidewalk improvements

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Jim Bakken, Public Works, discussed proposed sidewalk replacements at the July 20 council meeting. Councilman Robert Maust was absent at the 8 a.m. meeting. Bakken recommended replacing the sidewalk on the south side of Vesterheim Apartments along ..... 
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