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Chatfield prepares to restructure Waste Water Treatment Plant Bond


Tue, Nov 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government



In an effort to bring sewer rates under control the Chatfield City Council started the process to refinance the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) bonds at their October 25 meeting.

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, explained the payments in the original bond had been structured with the anticipation of increased population growth over time. Because of the weak economy, growth rates have been slowed. Also, current interest rates are much lower. It is the intention to restructure the payments to make the yearly payments more level rather than back ended. Bubany estimated there could be $175,000 less in payments over the life of the bond.

The council authorized Bubany to get the process started with the final decision probably coming in December. The bonds can not be prepaid until February 1, 2011. Councilor Ken Jacobson asked if an interest rate would be locked in. Bubany said it would be a fixed rate. City Clerk Joel Young saying this was "a great move to make" explained the restructuring would save the city money and allow them to bring sewer rates under control. The large rate increases that are projected could be avoided.

Other Business In Brief

•A change order for the Industrial Drive Improvement Project was approved in the amount of $12,283. Curb will now be put on both sides requiring a little more blacktop and storm water work. Councilors agreed the project should be done right.

•A proposal was discussed from Root River Hardwoods to harvest some down and some standing mature trees on city property at the brush dump. Many trees were blown down during the August 13 storm. Work will also be done on neighboring properties. Superintendent of City Services, Tony Lammers, said there may be some revenue to be made there.

The proposal will be brought back to the next meeting. Councilors wanted more detail about how many trees would be involved and if standing trees to be taken could be marked.

•Joel Young introduced a proposal for a policy for the city to provide funds to property owners who experience sanitary sewer back-up through no fault of their own. The policy would cover those that have a back-up from an obstruction in a public main, but not in their own private service line.

Young said the city's insurance doesn't cover this kind of loss. The amount available to a resident would be up to $2,000. City Attorney Fred Suhler suggested something should be in the pol .....
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Spring Valley commemorates progress of industrial park

Fri, Oct 29th, 2010
Posted in Government



A regular Spring Valley City Council meeting took place on Monday, October 25th, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. at the City Hall. All city council members were present along with Dianne Swenson-Sikkink, Chad Hindt, John Fenske, Troy Lange, and Jim Cooper ..... 
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Sheriff's Department looks for best option

Fri, Oct 29th, 2010
Posted in Government



The county board at their October 26 meeting decided to go back to committee before going ahead with the pilot program in Spring Valley using the State's I-Mobile System. Sheriff Daryl Jensen recommended that they go back to the Jail Committ ..... 
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Environmental Protection Claim against DNR dismissed

Fri, Oct 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

Another leg in the legal process that began with the quest years ago to build a State Trail from Preston to Forestville State Park has run its course with a court order issued on October 21 by District Court Judge Jeffrey Thompson granting the Minne ..... 
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Housing Access Services can help you move

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Government

Housing Access Services helps people move to a place of their own, one person at a time, to a place of their choice. Typically, people are moving to modest living arrangements by themselves or at times with a roommate to off-set household expenses. ..... 
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CrV special meeting minutes 2

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The September 28, 2010, special meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke. Absent: Elizabeth Atkinson. Zoning Board ..... 
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CRV minutes

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

A closed meeting took place at 6:00 p.m. with League of Minnesota Cities Attorney Jason Kaboushek regarding continuing litigation. The September 21, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon ..... 
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Monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council September 7, 2010

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Government

Submitted by Rhonda Klapperich, City Clerk/Treasurer

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn.

Motion was made by Kunert, seconded by Thompson and unanimously carried to ..... 
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Lanesboro Library forgives all fines

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro Public Library has forgiven all outstanding fines for overdue materials and will not impose additional fines for the remainder of this year.

"With our new director, Tara Johnson, at the helm, we want to start everyone with a cl ..... 
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