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Chatfield street improvements completed


Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, Inc., detailed the work completed by Rochester Sand and Gravel on the 2011 street improvements at the council's November 14 meeting. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent.

A total of $228,482.61 was approved as the final payment, which was about $20,000 less than the initial bid. Morrill explained the savings were due in part to a little less concrete curb on Territorial Road.

The 2011 improvements included putting a concrete liner in the drainage channel at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The channel was fixed and maintained as needed. Slope repair was done on Burr Oak Street, along with an extension of the storm sewer. Territorial Road was reconstructed from near the Methodist Church to the city limits.

Morrill reported that he had met with the trail committee, city clerk Joel Young, and MnDot representatives a couple weeks before about the possibility of extending the trail along Mill Creek and under the Hwy 30 bridge.

Morrill said the DNR has offered to assist in getting more detailed information together so more accurate maps can be produced to define the floodway. Both Olmsted and Fillmore counties are working on updating FEMA maps of the floodway.

Other Business in Brief

•Scott Keigley was hired as the new patrol officer and was administered the oath of office. Chief Shane Fox said they had interviewed three part-time officers for the position.

•A public hearing was held to hear public input or appeals regarding the collection of delinquent utility accounts (water, sewer and garbage) by putting them on the tax rolls that are to be collected in 2012. There was no comment from the public.

Having heard no disputes from the public, the council authorized the city clerk to "prepare documentation that would cause the county auditor to collect the delinquent utilities with taxes payable in 2012."

•The city attorney was authorized to write amendments to the Nuisance Ordinance as recommended by the Planning Commission. The amendments will allow the city to manage nuisance problems more quickly and efficiently while conforming to Minnesota State Statute standards.

•Young explained the improvements being made at the Center for the Arts including sidewalk, handrails and more are being funded with USDA funds through the Small Cities Development Program. The city is required to provide an "in kind" match which is coming mostly from repa .....
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Rushford seeks competitive bids for levee project

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

The city is rapidly closing in on the recertification of its levee system. After looking at several options to fund the city's share of the immense project, city consultant Mike Bubaby, of David Drown Associates, recommended the city use tax abateme ..... 
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Spring Valley talks dog park construction

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

It was as very light agenda on Monday night for the Spring Valley City Council meeting. After the approval of minutes and the November Accounts Payables, discussion turned to the report from City Administrator Deb Zimmer on a proposed Dog Park.
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Government this week

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

•Monday, Nov. 21, Preston City Council, Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 21, Kingsland School Board, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 21, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Computer Room, 6:30 p.m.

• Tu ..... 
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SEMEP seeks moratorium on silica mining

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

David Williams speaking for Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection (SEMEP) attempted to convey their concerns about the mining of silica sand in Fillmore County at the Planning Commission's November 17 meeting.

Originally, Con ..... 
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Snow; where to put it?

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Government

Terry Stackhouse, Spring Valley, addressed the county board at their November 8 meeting during the "citizens input" portion of the meeting. With memories of last year's endless snow and winter just around the corner, it is time to address problems b ..... 
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Harrison returns to Preston City Council

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Government

Former council member David Harrison was one of three Preston citizens who offered a letter of interest to fill the remaining portion of Dr. Robert Sauer's four year term. The four sitting members of the council through a written vote appointed Harr ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, Nov. 14, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 14, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 14, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:0 ..... 
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City of Rushford Village minutes

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The October 18, 2011, Regular Meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. with Council members present: Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen (7:45 p.m.), Gordon Johnson. Absent: Dennis Overlan ..... 
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