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Preston reviews street assessment report


Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Brett Grabau, Stantec, reported on the street assessment completed by his firm at the Preston City Council’s October 1 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

The purpose of the detailed street assessment is to help the city council and staff plan for street replacement and maintenance. Grabau said they had looked at every street in town and graded the condition of each of them on a ten point scale. He described six types of preventative maintenance and estimated the cost per square yard for maintenance.

Grabau noted that some streets that have recently been reconstructed are in very good condition. Most of the street ratings fall on “one end of the spectrum or the other.” They are either in good condition or poor condition. Once road ways get to a certain point of wear, without proper maintenance the condition falls off quickly.

The plan takes into account underlying utility problems. Costs almost double if preventative maintenance is not routinely completed. Grabau detailed many recommendations including but not limited to a dedicated city maintenance budget and a review of the streets every few years.

In the report the estimated total cost to make all the suggested improvements to the city streets including both reconstruction and maintenance was $4.9 million. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said this is a big number, but manageable. This is not going to be done in one year. Current street bonds will be paid off in four or five years. Some of the cost will also be paid by assessments. The study will be reviewed over the next six months. Any construction will not occur until 2014. Hoffman noted that 40 percent of the streets were graded on the high end of the scale. Grabau called the report a starting point.

Voter ID

Councilwoman Kay Spangler passed out some information that she had gathered on the proposed Minnesota Voter ID Amendment which will be on the November ballot. She asked that the other council members take it home and read it and suggested they might discuss it at the next meeting.

She stressed that the voter ID proposal is an “unfunded mandate,” which means that local governments will foot most of the bill. “In the first year alone costs are projected to be almost $70 million, of which $63 million will come directly from local governments.” Spangler maintained this is relevant to local government, insisting nothing in the .....
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CUP approved for hog facility in Beaver Township

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in All Government

The Planning Commission at their September 20 meeting sent Jim Koenigs Feedlot CUP request on to the Fillmore County Board. The plans for the hog confinement building to be built in Section 9, Beaver Township, consist of a 392 foot by 51.5 foot buil ..... 
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Spring Valley discusses Main Street project

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

It was an evening of dealing with communications for various departments within the city. This included new radios for Emergency Management and controllers for the sirens in the city along with a control station, mobiles, portables and a repeater. T ..... 
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Chatfield officer receives traffic safety award

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield Officer Grace McCallum was awarded a certificate of accomplishment and given a commendation letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. She was one of four officers in the state of Minnesota to receive the award. She ..... 
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Interested in candidates’ viewpoints?

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in All Government

Voters will be able to learn about Minnesota legislative candidates’ views on agriculture and rural issues at a forum Thur. Oct. 4, 7 pm, at the Fillmore County North Office Building in Preston, Room 108. Hosted by the Southeast Minnesota Ag All ..... 
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County to offer Emergency Communication Network

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in All Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen explained the CodeRED proposal at the September 25 county board meeting. Jensen said there are 8,000 phone numbers in the data base for Fillmore County. Once residents subscribe to the emergency notification service at no co ..... 
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Arlin Falck Foundation accepting grant applications

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Government

Notice is hereby given that the Arlin Falck Foundation will accept applications for grants for communiy development, community promotions, community education, and similar matters. The grants shall be for the benefit of persons residing in Fillmore ..... 
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Long-term care providers endorse Gregory Davids

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Government

CARE-PAC, the political action committee for Care Providers of Minnesota, recently endorsed Gregory Davids for re-election to the House of Representatives in District 28B. Davids’s support and interest in long-term care was the primary reason he e ..... 
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Deadline to apply for Physical Disaster Loans in Minnesota is October 15

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Government

The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations in Minnesota that the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by severe storms and flooding on June 14 - 21 is only ..... 
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