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Lanesboro Community Center Building repairs


Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

Shayn Jensson and Ben Wolf from Yaggy Colby Associates came to the Lanesboro City Council meeting on November 2 to discuss their recent report on repairs needed to the Community Center Building.

Wolf explained what they found when looking over the building. The northeast corner of the building has had some significant structural settlement, which has resulted in large cracks. The building was built on an existing foundation, but the northeast corner was added on. Wolf said there was once a sewer line going through there, which might be a cause of the problem.

There was also some moisture damage to the veneer and some drainage issues. Wolf also mentioned the floors are a Sheffield Tile system, which has been known to have strength issues in other buildings. Wolf said it was worth having someone look at it, even though he found no signs of problems right now.

The report that Yaggy Colby gave the city included all of the work that they discovered. However, not all of it needs to be done right away. The council needs to look at how they can pay for the project, and what parts of the project they will be doing right away.

"The most important thing, I think, is to have the floor system looked at, repair the corner and the drainage back there," said Mayor Steve Rahn.

Wolf said Yaggy could evaluate the Sheffield flooring system for a not-to-exceed $3,000 cost. The council agreed to go ahead with that before moving on to anything else.

Facilities Bonds

Vickerman stated the EDA (Economic Development Authority) recommended the city pursue getting facility bonds for the grocery store. The county recently received $1.29 million for cities to use as Recovery Zone bonds. She explained that with these facility bonds the city won't be taking a risk. There will be a one-half to one percent higher interest rate, but it would still be a good deal if there is someone interested in purchasing the grocery store. The bond would be a revenue bond with the property owners taking the risk. If the bond payments weren't made, the property would go to the bond owner instead of the city.

The county has to decide who receives these bonds by January 2010. Someone has to come forward and show their interest in purchasing the grocery store building and renovating it for use.

Council member Joe O'Connor asked about having apartments above the store. Vickerman explained that apartments can be rented out above the store, b .....
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Rushford responds strongly in election

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government



In a highly debated election that included intense media attention and a first ever public candidate forum, the citizens of Rushford have spoken. With the mayoral position, as well as two four-year council terms and one two-year council term ..... 
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Board discusses redesign plan progress

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

An effort to partner with other counties in the Southeast Region of the state to more efficiently deliver social services is still a work in progress. Social Service Director Thomas Boyd asked the commissioners the direction they want to take to bui ..... 
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Preston seeks highway 52 speed adjustment

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

Michael Schweyen, district traffic engineer for MnDot, explained their process for determining appropriate speeds at the November 2nd Preston City Council meeting. One of Schweyen's responsibilities is to recommend speed limits in the eleven county ..... 
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Fountain's plant to be operable by mid December

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
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Dave Morrill of McGhie and Betts, Inc. dominated the November 5 Fountain City Council meeting with updates, change orders, and discussion of employee time necessary for the wastewater treatment plant operation. He acknowledged the wet Octobe ..... 
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Rushford responds strongly in election

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a highly debated election that included intense media attention and a first ever public candidate forum, the citizens of Rushford have spoken. With the mayoral position, as well as two four-year council terms and one two-year council term up for ..... 
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Despite economy, Fillmore County tourism remains healthy

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

Many of our cities in Fillmore County rely on tourism or visitor dollars to help sustain shops, dining, lodging and other businesses. How has the recession played for those businesses? Have local people opted to stay close to home for vacations and ..... 
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County board yet to make decision on emergency communication options

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

Fillmore County commissioners continued to discuss the state's new 800 MHz system at the board's October 27 meeting. Commissioner Tom Kaase said fifty-two of the state's counties have decided to use the 800 MHz system so far.

The Federal Com ..... 
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Zimmer reports on trip to Chicago

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

It was a very routine night at the Spring Valley City Council on Monday. City Administrator Deb Zimmer reported on the trip to Chicago taken by city officials. The visit was a required trip by the Department of Commerce through the Federal EDA for t ..... 
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