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St. Paul Street improvement


Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Public Works Director Jim Bakken reported at the Preston City Council’s January 22 meeting that the county is considering a mill and overlay project on CSAH 17 (St. Paul Street) from Fillmore Street to the south bridge, before the power plant. Councilman Charles Sparks was absent.

Bakken related the work would probably be scheduled for July or August. He confirmed that the water and sewer utilities are in good shape under that section of street. Core drillings collected by the county found that there was a variety of surfaces under the street including brick, cement and gravel.

The city will be responsible for the cost of new curb and gutter (300 to 400 feet), the provision of a cement edge (walkway) connecting to the brick side street, and at least part of the cost of fixing or replacing a couple of catch basins. Sidewalks are also in poor condition and would be fully the city’s responsibility. Bakken estimated the total city cost could be about $20,000.

Small Cities Grant

In May of 2012 the city council approved a resolution to act as legal sponsor for HRA/Semcac to seek small cities grant funds to assist with the acquisition and updating of the Vesterheim apartment complex. The application was extended to request funding to renovate up to 15 low to moderate income homes in November of 2012. The intention is to bring the homes up to code and to make them more energy efficient.

To qualify the homes must be owner occupied. Surveys are being sent out to home owners. There will be a public hearing on February 4. Grant applications are due February 28. The grant amount per home will be a maximum of $22,000.

There is no cost to the city other than some staff time. The city staff does accounting and pays the contractors. After the contractor is paid, the amount is submitted to the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for reimbursement.

Other Business In Brief

•A resolution was adopted encouraging law makers to maintain the tax exemption for municipal bonds. Preston is looking at about $4 million in infrastructure improvements over the next ten years. Without the tax exemption for purchasers (a bond buyer doesn’t pay federal tax on earned interest) of the bonds it is estimated that interest rates on those bonds will be 1.5 to 2.0 percent higher. This could cost Preston residents about $600 per household over the life of thi .....
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Government this week

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in All Government

• Monday, Jan. 28, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m. • Monday, Jan. 28, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, Jan. 28, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:00 p.m. • Monday, F ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board hears about Ag in Motion

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Ashley Bue, a senior at Lanesboro High School, gave a presentation to the school board about the Ag in Motion trip she went on with other local high school students this past summer. Ag teacher Tim Willette said this was the third year for Ag in ..... 
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Auditor/Treasurer Department expansion

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in All Government

A new leg of redesign was discussed at length at the January 22 meeting of the county board. Fillmore County is taking a first step toward centralizing finance in the Auditor/Treasurer Department. Financing functions of Social Services including acc ..... 
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Chatfield looks forward to 2013

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The January 14 Chatfield City Council meeting began with the administration of the oath of office for re-elected Mayor Don Hainlen and newly elected councilor Robert Pederson and re-elected councilor Dave Frank. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. ..... 
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Ostrander City Council

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Ostrander Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn. All council members were present. Mayor Schwenn thanked all who ran for council and said congratulations to new Mayor (Pat Nesler) and Coun ..... 
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Rushford moves forward with potential USDA project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The city is drawing closer to a go-ahead for the renovation of the former municipal liquor store to a new city hall. A loan resolution with the USDA Rural Development Office was signed on September 24 of last year in order to fund the proposed proje ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Government

•Monday, Jan. 21, Preston City Council, Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m. • Monday, Jan. 21, Kingsland School Board, 7:00 p.m. • Monday, Jan. 21, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Computer Room, 6:30 p.m. • Tuesday, Jan. 22, Fillmore Coun ..... 
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Fillmore County Zoning Office

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Government

Fillmore County, designated Responsible Government Unit (RGU), hereby affirms the availability of the following Environment Assessment Worksheet (EAW). Project Title: Rein Quarry Expansion, Highland, MN Description: Reilly Construction Co., INC ..... 
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