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Harmony City Council discusses street report


Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Government

By Jade Sexton

Engineer Brett Grabau was Bonestroo was at the Harmony City Council meeting on November 13 to talk about the street engineer report that was recently done.

Grabau explained that the report looked at Harmony’s immediate and long-term street needs. Harmony has 8.96 miles of city streets, and 6.1 miles that are in the rating of 4,5, or 6 on a scale of 1-10.

“You have a good variety of streets,” said Grabau. “Most of them are right in the middle of their life cycle.”

Grabau used the PACER rating scale to map out the streets of Harmony to see what the needs were and where the city should plan on making improvements in the near future.

City Administrator Jerome Illg said the city needs to look at what needs to be redone in the next couple of years, and when they seal coat next year, not bother spending money on those streets.

Some of the most needy streets are in the southeast part of town, especially 1st Ave SE. Maintenance employee Chris Johnson said they have to look at what streets will also need sewer or water redone underneath as well.

There was some discussion about updating the assessment policy to include mill and overlay of streets, which Grabau recommended. Mayor Steve Donney was in favor of keeping assessments low, especially on higher-costing projects.

Donney said he and the city council members would like to look at the Capital Improvement Plan and review it.

Budget

Illg presented the council with the budget cuts that each department came up with. The final budget must be approved at the December meeting. There was a total $49,700 in cuts made.

Dan Tieffenbacher said the library board had agreed to cut $3,500 from their budget. Illg said they cut $1,500 from the utilities budget at the community center, based on past experience with the bills there. There were cuts made from every department.

Heritage Grove Bond

payment

Illg informed the council that the EDA (Economic Development Authority) is asking the city to help pay the Heritage Grove bond payment that is due on December 1. He explained there are two bond payments a year. The city has $50,000 budgeted for this purpose, but Heritage Grove needs about $25,000 more than that to make the December 1 payment.

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Lanesboro City Council hears library report

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Tara Johnson and David Hennesey spoke to the Lanesboro City Council at their regular meeting on November 5 and gave their quarterly report about the public library. Johnson said this summer there were 21 programs at the library, including story t ..... 
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2012 Election Results

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Government

These results are from the MN Secretary of State website and are current as of the time of printing. State of Minnesota President •DFL: Barack Obama and Joe Biden- 1,542,225 (52.6%) •Republican: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan- 1,320,001 (45.02 ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Government

• Monday, Nov. 12, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m. • Monday, Nov. 12, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, Nov. 12, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:00 p.m. • Monday, ..... 
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Rep. Greg Davids receives Minnesota Ambulance Association Award

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

(Spring Valley, MN) State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) was recently presented with the ambulance industry’s prestigious “Legacy Award” for his record of strong support for rural Emergency Medical Services policies at the Minnesota L ..... 
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County board discusses options for aging jail

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen reviewed a Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) inspection report at the November 6 county board meeting. The county jail was inspected this past June. Jensen said overall they received a good rating, but the DOC wants th ..... 
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Preston extends Small Cities Grant application

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained at the city council’s November 5 meeting that the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has suggested the city extend their preliminary application to include single family homes. Counci ..... 
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Bakke presented award

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Government

LuAnn Hiniker, University of Minnesota Extension Regional Director presents Fillmore County Commissioner Duane Bakke the “Friend of Extension” award from Epsilon Sigma Phi, the statewide honorary Extension organization.

Fillmore County Highway Remodel

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Government

Remodeling of the Fillmore County Highway Administration building at 909 Houston Street NW is scheduled to begin Monday, November 5, 2012. It is expected that the project could last up to five months. During that time, the County Engineer, engineer ..... 
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