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New survey equipment for the highway department


Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Government

The county board approved the purchase of new survey equipment for the Highway Department at the state contract price, $72,022.64, at the board's October 25 meeting.

Lead Accounting Technician Pam Schroeder, Highway, detailed the reasons to go with Trimble Equipment through Frontier Precision at the state contract price. It is the vendor and equipment the department has worked with in the past, so more training shouldn't be required, and it will be compatible with current software. As this equipment is used by 80 percent of Minnesota counties and the Fillmore County Survey office, information will be interchangeable.

Trimble equipment will provide an extended range for hard to reach or unsafe targets, which makes it work better in the county's bluff areas. Batteries are interchangeable when recharging is needed, reducing down time.

The equipment will be paid for through a combination of 2011 funds ($50,000) from the Recorder's department, 2011 ($5,000) and 2012 ($13,000) funds budgeted for engineering equipment and a small amount of 2011 road and bridge funds ($4,022.64).

County Engineer John Grindeland expects the equipment to serve the county for 15 to 20 years. He recommended the purchase, insisting we can't continue with what we have as it is breaking down.

Highway Administrative

Building

The Facilities Committee reviewed the ZRT engineering report on the Highway Administrative Building. The question now is if it would be more prudent to remodel or to start over with a new building. The board decided to hire CAM, Inc. for $1,000 to review the ZRT report and to inspect and assess the existing building. CAM will then meet with the committee with their recommendation to build new or to remodel.

Commissioner Duane Bakke noted the county has used CAM before and they will analyze the options and provide a professional opinion. The committee has been discussing which is the better option. He added that if they were to build new, they could eliminate the issues they have had with the roof on the existing building.

Other Business In Brief

•Brenda Pohlman, Public Health, has put together a program on designer drugs which she is scheduled to show at schools to educate kids on the negative health effects of the drugs and legal consequences. As of July 1, 2011, "synthetic marijuana (herbal incense), mephedrone (plant food), and MDPV (bath salts) were added to the Minnesota control .....
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Spring Valley looks at grant surveys

Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night and acted on a recent recommendation from the EDA board that would examine an opportunity for the city to participate in the small cities block grant program for downtown commercial rehabilitation. ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Tuesday, Nov. 1 Ostrander City Council, Ostrander Community Center, 6:00 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 1, Rushford Village City Council, Community Center, 7:00 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 1, Fillmore County Commissioners, Courthouse, 9 ..... 
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Rushford Chamber hosts "Meet the Candidates" forum

Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Government

For the second time in two years, the Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce has hosted an informal town-hall style Meet the Candidates forum. The Sunday night event, October 23, held at the R-P High School Theater, saw nearly 60 in attendance to hear th ..... 
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Chatfield moves new ordinances forward

Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council concluded their business during a short meeting on October 24. The first consideration was unanimously approved for each of four ordinances. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent.

An ordinance that changed the standard ..... 
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Preston to fill council vacancy by appointment

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council at their October 17 meeting decided to fill the council vacancy by appointment created by the recent passing of councilman Dr. Robert Sauer. Dr. Sauer had a little over a year left of a four year term.

Mayor Kurt Rei ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, Oct. 24, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 24, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 24, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:0 ..... 
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Variance approved under new standard

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Government

A variance was unanimously approved by the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment at their October 20 meeting for Truman and Patricia Dahl. The variance will allow the couple to build a garage 12 foot closer to the center line of a public road than is ..... 
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Chatfield to allow chickens

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council at their October 10 meeting approved the first step to create an ordinance that will allow residents to have chickens on residential properties. After a public hearing, the council voted to authorize city attorney Fred Suh ..... 
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