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Chatfield to upgrade paging antennae


Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chief Shane Fox explained that the current repeater is not capable of narrow band operation during the Chatfield City Council’s August 13 meeting. It is mandated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that all public safety mobile radios must be narrow band compatible by January 1, 2013.

It will cost nearly $17,000 to upgrade the equipment and install it on the city’s water tower. It could be upgraded for about $12,000 on the current tower which the city rents space on for $2,200 per year. Fox noted that within a few years the city could make up the difference without the rent expense using their own water tower.

The paging equipment is used for police, fire, and ambulance services. The water tower is about 10 feet shorter so a low gain antennae is required to push the signal down the hills. The council approved the purchase of the updated equipment and its installation on the city’s water tower as recommended by the Public Services Committee.

Other Business In Brief

•A three-year contract with Veolia Environmental Services was approved for commercial and industrial waste. City Attorney Fred Suhler drafted the contract to provide certain standards.

•David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, explained that an easement had been secured from Linus and Mary Hammell, so the 2012 water improvements can go forward. Morrill noted that a yard hydrant, back flow preventer and meter will be installed at a cost of $2,300.

Six bids were received for the 2012 project and the low bid was from Zenke, Inc., LaCrescent, in the amount of $116,261.50. The council authorized the acceptance of the low bid.

•In July a contract was awarded to Southeast Electric for a generator and its installation for the Thurber Building. The city wants the generator placed in a different location to preserve green space which will require a change order that will cost $1,371. Southeast Electric would still have the lowest quote even with the addition of the change order. The additional cost was approved.

•Approval was given to replace the yield sign with a stop sign as recommended by the Public Services Committee at the intersection of Old Territorial Road and First Street. The city has had complaints about increased traffic and the speed of the traffic coming onto First Street.

Hidden Valley CUP for Rental Cabins Goes to County Board for Approval

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Government

By Karen Reisner Tom and Shelly Kraetsch came to the Planning Commission last spring with an application to add camping cabins to their campground, only to take back their application to allow the commission time to amend their ordinance. With the ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Government

•Monday, Aug. 20, Preston City Council, Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m. • Monday, Aug. 20, Kingsland School Board, 7:00 p.m. • Monday, Aug. 20, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Computer Room, 6:30 p.m. • Tuesday, Aug. 21, Rushford Vill ..... 
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Fillmore County State Primary results from August 14, 2012

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Government

U.S. Senator for IND Stephen Williams: 13 (72.22%) Glen R. Anderson Menze: 5 (27.78%) U.S. Senator for REP David Carlson: 257 (50.89%) Bob Carney Jr.: 58 (11.49%) Kurt Bills: 190 (37.62%) U.S. Senator for DFL Jack Edward Shepard:12 (3.20% ..... 
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Reps of Mathy Construction contribute to sand discussion

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Government

The Sand Committee met again on August 10 with most members of the Planning Commission in attendance. The board room was again crowded with concerned citizens, including owners of property with potential for mining, mine operators, and citizens worr ..... 
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Business activity in the county

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Government

Cris Gastner, Economic Development Authority, at the board’s August 14 meeting updated the commissioners on projects he is working on within the county. With funding from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and a match provided by Fill ..... 
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Monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Posted in Ostrander Government

Pledge of Allegiance The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn. All council members were present. Approval of Consent Agenda Motion by Start, and seconded by Thompson and unanimou ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in All Government

• Monday, Aug. 13, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m. • Monday, Aug. 13, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, Aug. 13, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:00 p.m. • Monday, ..... 
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Chimney Swift tower/kiosk to be built

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Representatives of the Zumbro Valley Audubon Society (ZVAS) addressed the Preston City Council at the August 6 meeting about their preference to gift the soon to be built chimney swift tower/kiosk to the city. Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilman David ..... 
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