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Chatfield City Clerk Joel Young to serve on local government aid study group


Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

Mayor Les Knutson announced the appointment to the LGA group and congratulated Mr. Young at the city council's July 27 meeting. The formation of the Local Government Aid (LGA) Study Group was authorized by the 2008 Tax Bill, 3149. State Senate Tax Committee Chair Tom Bakk, DFL- Cook, made five appointments of elected and public citizens to serve in the study group.

The group will be tasked with looking at the current system of aids, their distribution, and determine possible improvements and make recommendations for an improved system to the legislature by December 15, 2010.

Senator Rod Skoe, DFL- Clearbrook, will serve as co-chair. Senate appointees include: Senators Linda Scheid, DFL- Brooklyn Park; Dave Senjem, R- Rochester; and Cloquet Mayor Bruce Ahlgren; Chatfield City Clerk Joel Young and Steve Peterson of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. House appointments include: Representatives Paul Marquart, DFL- Dilworth; Diane Loeffler, DFL- Minneapolis; Pat Garofalo, R- Farmington; and Minneapolis City Councilor Betsy Hodges; Crystal City Manager Anne Norris; and Rachel Walker of the League of Minnesota Cities.

Mayor Knutson reported another award for the city for the Hilltop Estates Improvement Project. Earlier the League of Minnesota Cities recognized Chatfield as a City of Excellence for cities in the state under the population of 5,000. The most recent award is a City of Excellence award on a national level. The awards recognized the ability of the city to bring three units of government, including the city, the county, and the school district and two developers, together in a collaborative effort.

Storm Water Improvements

Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers reported that citizens on South Winona Street wanted changes to the project. He said they added another 105 feet for a total of 270 feet which will extend the project area past the washout. The extension will cost $6 or $7 thousand more but will still come in under the amount budgeted. Lammers noted all the easements have been signed. The council approved authorization of the additional improvements.

Lammers said the water tower has been filled, the recirculation pump installed and the first of two bacteria samples needed for the Department of Health has passed. He doesn't expect any problem with the second required sample. Some controls for the tower are still to be installed.

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Spring Valley ambulance purchase?

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met Monday night, July 27th. The one item on the agenda that took up the most time was the proposal to purchase a new ambulance.

Ambulance Director Jim Cooper addressed the council and presented a purchase prop ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council discusses bullying issue

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council spent a lot of time discussing the recent school bullying issue at their meeting on July 20. Council member Ceil Allen had read about the problem in the papers and felt that it was a community issue, not just a school issu ..... 
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Dead tree removal in Preston

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Tree Inspector Bill Cox discussed the need for the city of Preston to look ahead and decide how to deal with what could be multiple diseased trees with the Emerald Ash Borer at the city council's July 7 meeting. The immediate problem was a larg ..... 
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The 250 bridge will officially reopen

Wed, Jul 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government

The 250 bridge will officially reopen tomorrow afternoon, July 23, for all traffic, workers will be still working in that area, however you will be able to get through there!

Emergency vehicles can get through as of this evening!

Fillmore County may participate in a chemical and mental health program redesign

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Social Services Administrator Thomas Boyd discussed the progress of a twelve-county effort for collaboration in the southeast region at the Fillmore County board's July 7 meeting. The effort is still in its infancy and has not been approved by any o ..... 
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Historic bridges complicate improvement plans

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Commissioner Tom Kaase reported on a meeting concerning two bridges in Fillmore Township scheduled for rehabilitation or replacement at the Fillmore County Board's July 14 meeting. The meeting involved County Engineer John Grindeland, Kaase, townshi ..... 
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Chatfield Councilors agonize over Burr Oak Avenue decision

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Chatfield City Council held a closed door meeting lasting about 70 minutes discussing the Burr Oak Avenue extension project at their July 13 meeting. They had the closed door meeting due to the possibility or potential litigation if they go forward ..... 
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Rushford downtown motel group falls short of goal

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

"As a group, we'll support whatever any other motel developer in town wants to do," said Daryl Thompson, representing the group known informally as the "Downtown Motel Group" in Rushford.

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