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Harmony hears about the Wellhead Protection Plan


Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Government

An informational Public Hearing was held before the regular City Council meeting in Harmony on November 8. Pat Bailey from the Department of Health was there to explain the Wellhead Protection Plan, part of the national Safe Drinking Water Act.

Joe McGee from the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) was also at the meeting to answer any questions and inform the council what they have to offer.

Bailey talked about the two wells in town, one of which is a multi-aquifer well, and therefore more vulnerable to contamination. The water in Harmony does not have any nitrates, but detectable levels of tritium were found. Bailey explained that this indicates more recent water, and rapid groundwater recharge, possibly through old, unsealed wells.

The council was shown a map of the Harmony Drinking Water Supply Management Area, an area that has Moderate Vulnerability. Bailey said the next step in the plan is to identify potential sources of contamination. They need to map old wells, agricultural chemical sites, etc. and develop an inventory. They will then work to develop management strategies.

McGee said the SWCD has assistance to help. He said there is money available for sealing abandoned wells, and low-interest loans for replacing wells.

The council discussed the fact that they need to know of any old wells in town that might not be sealed, as they will have to be mapped and inventoried.

2012 Budget

There was some discussion about the 2012 budget and levy, which will have to be finalized at the December meeting. City Administrator Jerome Illg said they need to be careful about making cuts, as they could be losing services or jeopardizing future projects.

Council member Dan Tieffenbacher asked about the Market Value Exclusion, which has replaced the Market Value Credit. Illg explained how property tax statements are going to look a lot different. The property values of residential homes will go down, and tax rates will go up. Tax rates will go up even more for commercial.

Mayor Steve Donney said the fact that taxes will go up is not because the city is spending more; in fact, they are spending less. The city will not be receiving the money they usually receive from the state for the market value credit, which lowers the levy, and the amount people have to pay on their taxes. Because of this, taxes will increase even if the levy does not.

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Rushford citizens vote to keep liquor store closed

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Government

In a widely-publicized election, the Rushford council will see very few changes in the coming year. Current Mayor Chris Hallum will retain his seat, defeating challenger and former councilor Jim Wolter, 419, (64 percent) votes to 230. There were 7 w ..... 
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Lanesboro looks at sidewalk snow removal

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council discussed sidewalks and snow removal at their regular meeting on November 7. There have been some complaints that snow removal equipment has been damaging sidewalks in town.

Mayor Steve Rahn asked whose responsibi ..... 
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Rushford citizens vote to keep liquor store closed

Wed, Nov 9th, 2011
Posted in Government

In a widely-publicized election, the Rushford council will see very few changes in the coming year. Current Mayor Chris Hallum will retain his seat, defeating challenger and former councilor Jim Wolter, 419, (64 percent) votes to 230. There were 7 wr ..... 
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County moves toward a shared community services administrator

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Fillmore county board unanimously adopted a resolution declaring their interest to develop a contract with Winona County for services of a community services administrator at the board's November 1 meeting.

County Coordinator Karen Brow ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, Nov. 7, Lanesboro City Council, Lanesboro City Hall, 5:30 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 7, Preston City Council, Preston Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 7, Whalan City Council, Whalan City Hall, 5:00 p.m.

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Preston Public Utilities offers rebates for LED holiday lighting

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Government

This holiday season, Preston Public Utilities is once again offering their electricity customers rebates up to $12 for each string or decoration of energy-efficient LED holiday lighting they purchase through the end of the year. Preston Public Utili ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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