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Rushford approves expansion of Fire Department storage facilities


Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

Resolution 2009-068 has officially awarded the "2009 Municipal Improvement Project" to Winona Excavating Company At the Monday, September 28th, city council meeting, both Otomo Engineering Services and BDM Consulting Engineers recommended the firm as both qualified and the lowest bidder, at more than 10 percent below Otomo's initial estimates. The award consists of Schedule A and Schedule B, alternative 1. Schedule A is comprised of the water and sanitary system replacement, a $2,405,773.90 cost.

Prior to the roll call vote, Councilor Robert Dahl sought clarification from City Administrator Windy Block as to what was fully entailed with the first alternative to Schedule B. Block, citing a series of figures from the engineering firms noted that Schedule B, Alternative 1 encompasses the full Himilie Addition project and Pine Meadows North, a cost of $809,348.39. In paperwork provided, Otomo Engineering shows a savings of $98,200 should the city choose alternative 2, including only "phase I" of Himilie Business Park. However, it is projected that "phase II" of the business park would cost the city an additional $124,400 were it to be completed at a later date.

The three to two vote carried with councilors Dahl and Larry Johnson voting against the resolution.

In extremely good news for the municipal project, the Department of Health has reversed its stance on the city's changes to the project and should be able to certify the layout shown in the improvement plans. With certification of the project, the city will be eligible for a Public Facilities Authority (the state's main infrastructure refinancing body) low-interest loan. The funding could pay for a substantial amount of the Schedule A project cost.

Legacy Trail Grant

A new State Legacy Grant Program, administrated by the Department of Natural Resources, is currently available. "What makes this grant particularly attractive is the matching," said Administrator Block. The funding, which ranges from $20,000 to $500,000, requires only a 25 percent local match with the state picking up the remaining 75 percent. While the city is looking at the opportunity to tie local recreation trails into existing state trails, a "point getter in terms of getting the grant," it also has its sights on the potential use of the levee system as a trail site. The Corps of Engineers has previously frowned on idea of levee use, but Block believes that the corps may now look favorably on such .....
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Fountain Wastewater Plant Progressing

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

Dave Morrill of McGhie and Betts, Inc. updated the Fountain City Council on the construction progress at the council's October 1 meeting. He reported that there was a meeting with the plant operators at Chatfield along with Chatfield City Clerk Joel ..... 
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Vandalism, brush dump discussed

Sat, Sep 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

During their regular meeting, members of the Lanesboro City Council were able to see firsthand the vandalism that was done to the downstairs bathrooms at the Community Center. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman explained that late Friday night, Sep ..... 
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Planning Commission recommends approval of Holst feedlot permit

Sat, Sep 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Planning Commission at their September 24 meeting unanimously recommended approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a feedlot on the Glenn Holst family farm in Carrolton Township. Glenn and Colette Holst applied for the permit. He ..... 
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Commissioners strongly urge support for off-system bridge program

Sat, Sep 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

All five commissioners signed a letter addressed to Congressman Tim Walz and Representative James Obestar (MN-8th district) urging the continued support of federal funding of the off-sytem bridge program at the board's September 22 meeting. The lett ..... 
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Preston addresses safety concerns

Sat, Sep 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council at their September 22 meeting decided to formally invite a representative of MnDot to a future meeting to express their concerns and to ask MnDot to do a speed study. Councilman Robert Sauer was absent.

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Chatfield discovers collapsed storm sewer

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers discussed the unexpected discovery of the deteriorated pipe at the city's September 14 meeting. Mayor Les Knutson was absent. The collapse of the storm sewer pipe along Highway 52 between Spring and First ..... 
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Rushford City Council analyzes costs

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Several topics headed the Monday, September 14th, council meeting, the most prevalent of which was likely consideration of a staff report regarding the preliminary draft of the 2010 budget. Mayor Les Ladewig advised the council, "Hang on to your sea ..... 
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Spring Valley reduces levy by roughly $8,000

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council has passed a resolution setting the preliminary budget and levy for 2010. At the meeting Monday night, the council set the preliminary levy at $880, 344. City Administrator Deb Zimmer said that "there will be no salary ..... 
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