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Harmony City Council dicusses TIF District


Fri, May 15th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council had a lot of discussion and made some final decisions on some improvements in the downtown area at the May 12th meeting. The alley behind the bank will be improved with new lighting and street improvements. At the same time, the parking lot will be completed.

Brett Grabau from Bonestroo spoke to the council about the engineering report on the project. He said the alley will have a better base and surface, and that it would be easier to tie the project in with the parking lot project. The total estimated by the engineers for the alley was $36,204.30. This price included a ten percent contingency and a 20 percent engineering cost.

Grabau advised the council to solicit quotes from contractors for the project. He felt it would be faster and cheaper for the city. Since the project is under $100,000, the city does not have to bid the project competitively.

City Administrator Jerome Illg explained the area being improved is located in the TIF (Tax Increment Financing) District #1. This TIF District was created in 1985, and has much more liberal rules as to how the money can be spent. The increment money can be spent anywhere in the city limits. According to Illg, the district brought in about $100,000 last year. In 2011, the district will be decertified. Illg proposed that for the next three years, the money that comes from that district be split in half between the city and the EDA (Economic Development Authority). Money that goes to the city can be used for city improvements such as the alley improvements. The share that goes to the EDA can be used for commercial rehabilitation. Sherry Hines, a member of the EDA, agreed that having a source of funds for businesses would be a good thing.

"We've used a lot of funds to do a lot of good things that we wouldn't normally have been able to do," said council member Gerald Shuck.

Illg will draw up a resolution earmarking funds for certain projects and present it to the council at the next meeting.

Electrical Upgrades

Stuart Morem of Morem Electric gave the city estimates for electrical upgrades to the alley and the parking lot. Option number one includes installing a conduit on Center Street. It will start on the corner near Harmony Foods, go along the sidewalk and behind On The Crunchy Side. There will be a service conduit for lights in the alley, and conduit will be stubbed to properties for future underground electrical. There will also b .....
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County Board updated on EcoHarmony West Wind Project

Fri, May 15th, 2009
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Don Miller representing EcoEnergy brought the board up to date on the status of the proposed EcoHarmony West Project at the board's May 12 meeting. The comment period regarding the application for a Large Wind Energy Conversion System Site Permit en ..... 
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Spring Valley is a "Storm Ready Community"

Fri, May 15th, 2009
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Mainly routine business at the May 11th Spring Valley City Council meeting Monday night. Todd Shea of the National Weather Service in LaCrosse was on the agenda to inform City officials that after years of work Spring Valley has been awarded the tit ..... 
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Preston to update Land Use Plan

Fri, May 8th, 2009
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The Preston City Council's meeting was relatively brief on May 4. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained the purpose of a Land Use Plan for the city. The plan was last updated October 1999. The plan along with the zoning map and the land u ..... 
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Does Lanesboro need a siren?

Fri, May 8th, 2009
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Lanesboro's Street Superintendent and Fire Chief Andy Drake brought some matters to the attention of the City Council during their regular meeting on May 4.

Drake believes that an emergency siren needs to be placed near the Zenith Street are ..... 
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County preparedness for H1N1

Fri, May 8th, 2009
Posted in Government

Public Health Director Sharon Serfling provided information on the H1N1 influenza and recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus. She said they are not focusing on the number of confirmed cases as much as the effort to contain them. There ar ..... 
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Rushford City Council attacks full agenda with full audience

Fri, May 1st, 2009
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With an ambitiously long agenda, and a packed house of spectators, the Rushford City Council held its regular bi-monthly meeting April 27.

Three public hearings were scheduled, and no doubt the nearly fifty spectators were hoping their dinne ..... 
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County asks for reconsideration for Forestvile Historic Meighen Store Site

Fri, May 1st, 2009
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The board approved a carefully worded letter to be sent to the Director of the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS), Nina Archabal, and to our legislators at the board's April 28 meeting. The MHS proposes to close the site as of July 1, 2009. This is ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council pursuing large grant for industrial park expansion

Fri, May 1st, 2009
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The Spring Valley City Council meeting started off on a very positive note. Before any other business was conducted Mayor Struzyk announced that the Federal Grant submitted by Administrator Deb Zimmer has advanced through the review process and addi ..... 
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