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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 letter was also sent to other state and federal representatives and senators.

County Engineer John Grindeland said he had been notified by the national association to be aware of a new federal bill that Obestar favored. He suggested almost all of the bill is favorable for the county except for the portion that advocates dropping funding for township bridges. Federal dollars have been used over the years to replace deficient bridges in Fillmore County. The letter makes note of the 477 bridges in the county, 103 are deficient or functionally obsolete. Several would qualify for federal off-system funds. The county will receive about two and three-quarter million dollars to replace 16 bridges between 2007 and 2011.

Chairman Chuck Amunrud maintained the letter would send a clear message to our legislators. Commissioner Duane Bakke surmised Obestar recognizes there is not enough money for the big bridges, and therefore, believes replacement of township bridges is not the best use of limited funds. Commissioner Tom Kaase suggested emergency services could also send a letter explaining the necessity of these bridges to allow them to provide needed emergency services to residents.

The letter describes the bridges as "critical links for roads to serve agriculture, carry bus loads of school children, support emergency vehicles such as fire, ambulance and police and connect to local communities." Commissioners do not expect the state to replace the possible loss of federal dollars. The state now spends a minimum portion of their apportionment on these bridges.

It was maintained in the letter that these federal dollars are gas-tax funded. If they are not available for local bridges, there will be a shift of cost to local governments, therefore shifting the burden to local tax payers as bridges will continue to need to be replaced.

Bicycle Trail Near Eagle Cliff

A meeting took place near the Whalan bridge on September 8 to discuss the dangerous half mile section along Highway 16 connecting Eagle Cliff Campground to the Root River Trail at the Whalan bridge. The meeting included representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDot), the DNR, the city of Whalan, Fill .....
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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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Canton discusses wastewater treatment concerns

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Unapproved meeting minutes

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met Tuesday, September 15, 2009, with Mayor Johnson calling the meeting to order. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Cindy Shanks made a motio ..... 
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Peterson reviews proposed 2010 budget

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Unapproved meeting minutes

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council was called to order by Mayor Lee on September 9, 2009. The first order of business was a question and answer discussion regarding the yellow curb marking and mail bo ..... 
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Preliminary county budget and levy adopted

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

Resolutions to adopt Fillmore County's preliminary budget and levy were passed at the September 8 meeting. State law requires the preliminary budget and levy for 2010 to be set by September 15.

County coordinator Karen Brown explained the bu ..... 
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Lanesboro dam repairs?

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman went over her preliminary budget for 2010 during Lanesboro's council meeting on September 8. The council approved the preliminary tax levy of $413,756, which is a five percent increase from last year. As Vickerman ..... 
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