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Preston has OSHA violations


Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

At the July 19 city council meeting City Administrator Joe Hoffman discussed the five violations the city received citations for during a recent surprise inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent.

Hoffman explained the violations were for conditions that did not expose city employees to any greater hazards or risks than what most of us would have in our own homes. Fines totaled $1,500 for violations within the Park Department, Utilities, and Fire Department.

The violations included not having an eye wash station (fine $500) in the pool area where employees are exposed to corrosive materials. A self contained unit costing $250 has since been put into place. The wiring was determined not to be up to code in the park building (fine $100).

Two uncovered floor holes in the waste water treatment plant have since been covered (fine $100). Plastic five gallon gasoline containers at the fire department were cited for not being explosion proof (fine $400), the containers have since been replaced with two safety cans costing $40 each. Annual required training in dealing with hazardous materials for firefighters was past due by four months (fine $400). The required training will be completed next week. Hoffman said this could be prevented with improved record keeping.

OSHA offers an expedited settlement if the city waives their right to appeal the fine. The council approved the payment of the settlement total which is about 30 percent less or $1,050.

Other Business In Brief

• Deputy City Clerk Sheila Marzolf announced the filing period for two city council seats, currently held by Jon Haugan and David Harrison, and the mayor position, currently held by Kurt Reicks is from August 3 to August 17. The General Election will be on November 2.

• Hoffman said the city's 1978 John Deere Motor grader needs repairs estimated to cost $10,000. He described options, including repairing the grader, replacing it with a used plow truck with wing and sander, selling the grader with no replacement, using the city's current two plow trucks only or looking at buying a new plow truck. The council agreed sufficient funds were not available for a new truck. Councilman David Collett favored repairing the grader. The city staff recommended buying a used plow truck.

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Pancake breakfast raises over $1,000 for town hall repairs

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

The Whalan City Council met June 7, 2010.

Present: Larry Johnson, Margaret Chiglo, Everett Johnson and David Rahn, Johnny Halverson and Lolly Melander.

• Meeting was called to order by Mayor Johnson at 5:00pm

• Min ..... 
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Peterson prepares for election

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

Mayor Chuck Eidenschink called the regular meeting of the Peterson City Council to order on July 6, 2010. Council members present were: Tim Hallum, Bill Grindland, Jan Smaby and Randy Benson. Guests at the meeting were Tom Manion, Kevin Graves, Sher ..... 
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New deadline to remove non-productive land from green acres without payback of deferred taxes is August 16, 2010

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

The legislature extended the deadline date to August 16th for informing the Assessor's Office regarding your decision on what you want to do with Green Acres on your 2B non-productive agricultural land:

1. Remove GA from non-productive land ..... 
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Rushford eyes potential collaboration

Mon, Jul 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

The city of Rushford is entertaining the option of purchasing a portion of undeveloped land, just east of the new Himlie Business Park, from current owner Michael Sexauer. While the meeting agenda noted the consideration of a potential purchase of a ..... 
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Chatfield looking to support veterans cemetery

Mon, Jul 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

Commissioner Tom Kaase discussed the progress of Fillmore County's efforts to have a National Veterans Cemetery, located south of Preston on part of what is now the county farm, at the July 12 Chatfield City Council meeting. The county and a growing ..... 
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Spring Valley gears up for primary election on Aug. 10

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Government

Several years ago, the city of Spring Valley made some major changes in the traffic patterns in the downtown area. The long time residents remember when two-way traffic was permitted on two blocks of Broadway. Diagonal parking was on both the west s ..... 
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Harmony discusses fire trucks

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Government



Harmony's Fire Chief Bill Hanlon came to the city council meeting on July 13 to discuss the plans for purchasing a new fire truck. Hanlon said the committee has been researching trucks and looking at prices and they have come up with a list ..... 
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Senator Ropes gets county feedback

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Government



State Senator Sharon Erickson Ropes spoke to county commissioners and department heads and then listened to their concerns and complaints at the board's July 13 meeting. She made it clear the legislature will be facing a very large deficit w ..... 
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