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Spring Valley Council discusses industrial park expansion


Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

On January 26, the Spring Valley City Council met for a regular meeting; all members were present. After approving minutes and approving January accounts payable, totaling $1,156.060.85.

The Council approved the Proposed Single Family Home New Construction Incentive. This is an EDA request to waive sewer connection fees. Zimmer clarified that this applies only to “brand new connections”.

The Council approved cigarette license renewals for Fowler Oil, Sunshine, and Kwik Trip. The Council then unanimously approved Resolution 2014-10, approving write-offs for certain uncollectable ambulance accounts, totaling $43,670.10.

Deb Zimmer showed the Council the Industrial Park Preliminary Plat, and described the plans for connecting Peterson to Casten Drive. Council members discussed the project, centering on the fact that that there’s an unexpectedly large amount of “black dirt” that needs to be moved, which increased the cost projections. Zimmer said, “We already have the base amount set aside” and stated that the City would just need to decide about covering the additional expense. The Council unanimously approved Resolution 2015-10 to advertise for bids on the Industrial Park Expansion. Bids will be accepted through 11 a.m. on March 5, and will be considered by the Council at the next meeting after that.

Library Department Head Jenny Simon updated the Council on news and happenings at the library, including the newly obtained copier/fax machine, and the upcoming “Hot reads for Cold Nights” program, which starts February 2. She also stated, “We did get a grant from the Fisher Foundation, so we’ll be getting new computers for our patrons.” She also mentioned there is one rural position open on the library board.

Tim Rasmussen reported on the equipment to be installed in the new squad car. He said a second video camera may be needed, to replace one that’s obsolete. It would cost around $5000 including installation.

Bill Bires reported that “There have been a few visits” regarding changes with the Ambulance Association. He summarized that, “There’s been a little miscommunication, but it’s been taken care of.” The meeting adjourned about 6:30 pm.

Chatfield fills EMS support position

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

During a relatively brief Chatfield City Council meeting held January 26, Rocky Burnett was introduced and hired to fill the EMS Support Position vacated by Nancy Timm, the new deputy clerk. Ambulance Director Sue Kester reported that there had ..... 
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County discusses safety program

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Government

Kristina Kohn, Human Resources, updated the county board on the county’s safety program at the board’s January 27 meeting. Kohn related that the county has won the governor’s award for safety two years in a row, Meritorious Achievement in Oc ..... 
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Rushford approves rate increases; housing study

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

A Monday, January 26 public hearing, during the Rushford Council meeting, presented very little public, but a good deal of information. The purpose of the hearing was to receive public comment regarding proposed water and sewer rate increases. Mar ..... 
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Accusations fly at Peterson meeting

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

Following the appointment of newly appointed Councilor Loren Rue to the Peterson Council on January 14, the Council’s actions, particularly to appoint Rue, have been questioned. Councilor Dave Colbenson requested time to speak, prior to citizen co ..... 
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Rushford Village discusses proposed rate hike

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

While the Tuesday, January 20 Rushford Village Council meeting was brief, the Council managed to get in plenty of discussion over a City of Rushford sewer rate hike, which will lead to increases for some Village residents. Mayor Gordon Johnson, Co ..... 
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Preston refinances 2007B bond

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, in his capacity as Preston’s financial adviser, recommended refinancing the General Obligation Improvement Bond issued in 2007 (Valley Street & Corn Cob Acres area project) at the council’s January 20 m ..... 
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Canton sets designations and fees for 2015

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

New council member Charlie Warner and returning council member Ross Duckett were sworn into office at the year’s first meeting of the Canton City Council on January 14. Annual designations were approved with no changes from 2014. The official n ..... 
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Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government

On the evening of Wednesday, January 14, 2015, the Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce conducted their annual meeting at the City Council Chambers in the Harmony Community Center. Pictured above, left to right: Reuben Hershberger (Board Member), An ..... 
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