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Harmony sanitary sewer extension


Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government



A public hearing was held before the regular Harmony City Council meeting on October 13. A sanitary sewer extension will be placed on 2nd Ave. NW near Solberg Welding and Ironside Trailer Sales and Service. City Administrator Jerome Illg had received some bids for the project, with Swenke Company being the lowest at $14,750. Illg said if the council decides to assess four properties it will be a total of $2,281 each. If they choose to go with five, the cost will drop to $1,825. This price includes the engineering cost.

Dennis Solberg owns Solberg Welding and Ironside Trailer Sales and Service. He also owns a storage shed, which is on the same lot as the welding shop. The council had to decide whether to count that as one property or two for the assessments.

Henry Becker, who owns the storage sheds on that street, was also at the meeting. They asked about who was responsible for maintaining the sewer lines when they went in. Illg said the main line would be the city's responsibility. The property owners would have to pay for their own pump and the sewer line from their property to the main line.

Brett Grabau, an engineer from Bonestroo, said the main could handle up to ten hookups if it had to. If there were any more than that, such as in the event of a new subdivision in the area, they would have to do something different.

The council chose to go ahead with the project and accepted the bid from Swenke Company. They decided to assess four properties at a cost of $2,281 each.

Maintenance Report

City maintenance employee Chris Johnson had several issues to discuss at the meeting, including hauling sludge this fall. He said the new sludge pump they bought is working well, and the land they would like to haul it to has been permitted. Samples have been sent out and they are waiting for the results. According to Johnson, as soon as beans go out, they can haul the sludge.

Johnson had requested a bid from Casey Clark, but his bid included the use of the pump, and it was three cents a gallon. They got another bid for a penny a gallon, with no fuel charge if it is hauled within 1.5 miles. Johnson said they can take some residential streets to make it less than 1.5 miles, but council member Gerry Shuck was concerned about the heavy trucks driving on residential streets.

Johnson also spoke about purchasing a sewer jetter. He found a jetter that is used and 25 years old, but has had work done to it. .....
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Six in the running for Rushford's City Council seats

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

While we often hear from candidates regarding their views and goals, it is unusual for the public to be granted a forum to question the candidates. Taking this position, the six Rushford City Council candidates were recently asked a series of questi ..... 
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Chatfield takes a step forward for Potter

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the October 12 meeting of the Chatfield City Council the councilors unanimously adopted the resolution drafted by the Potter Steering Committee. Items in the resolution were detailed and discussed at an informational joint meeting on September 28 ..... 
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Preston extends until 2050 with SMMPA

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
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The Preston Public Utility Commission and the Preston City Council met jointly early on October 13, to hear City Attorney Dwight Luhmann's opinion on his review of the current contract offered by the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council discusses trip to Chicago

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council held their meeting Monday night and timewise it was probably one of the shortest meetings ever held, barely 12 minutes.

The main item on the agenda was giving permission for three city representatives to trave ..... 
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Federal Energy Tax Credit Q & A

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Question: Which products are eligible for a tax credits for energy efficient home improvements? Are they available for new construction also? What about vacation homes? Rental properties?

Answer: Tax credits are available at 30% of the cost ..... 
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Easy Ways to Save Water and Money

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Perhaps no issues are more hot button these days than the environment and the economy. The general feeling is that both need to be saved, but there are differing views as to how to go about doing so.

One of the ways that can help save the en ..... 
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County passes opportunity for stimulus funds to municipalities

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown Associates, described the pros and cons of the Federal Recovery Zone Bonds to the county board at their October 13 meeting. Fillmore County was one of 55 Minnesota counties to receive an allocation. The county was allocated ..... 
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Board requests details on recovery zone bond allocations

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
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Cris Gastner, Economic Development Authority (EDA), talked over with the Fillmore County Board the possibilities and limitations of the Recovery Zone Bonds allocated for Fillmore County at the board's October 6 meeting. The bonds are a possible fina ..... 
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