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Harmony City Council discusses roads and assessments


Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council approved a public hearing that will be held during their council meeting on August 10. The city will be paving 5th Avenue Southeast from 1st Street to Center Street and is planning on assessing 25 percent of the total cost to the two property owners there, Allen Dahl and Fred Young.

The city received an estimate for the project from River City Paving for $7,400. The assessed amount will be $1,850, which will be split between the two property owners that will benefit from the project. River City Paving will sweep the street, place a tack bonding agent, and place a 2.5 inch overlay.

Fred Young spoke out against the assessment at the meeting on July 14. He has owned the property on that street since 1980 and believes it to be a safety hazard. "The street has been virtually ignored by the city for 30 years," said Young. "Something needs to be done." He added that there are many people using the road, and some have driven into the grass to avoid the potholes.

Young said he would be fine with being assessed for 25 percent if the city was putting curb and gutter on the street, but he just wants a layer of blacktop so that residents are safe. He also asked for examples of other street improvements that were assessed to property owners.

Council member Gerald Shuck said that it is standard for the city to assess improvements. "It would set a bad precedence if we did street improvements and didn't assess a portion of the cost," he said.

Young mentioned his property taxes and how they have increased over the years that he has owned the property. "I have more than paid for the maintenance of this road," he said.

Mayor Steve Donney agreed that Young has a strong case with the tax increase, but still believed they had to assess. "We always do, and we always have in the past," he said.

Council member Deb Scrabeck pointed out that one reason for assessing a portion of the cost to owners is that it will improve the property.

City Administrator Jerome Illg told the council there must be a public hearing, and since the improvements are being requested by the city, there must be a 4/5 majority to pass the resolution for the assessment.

Street Projects

The council approved the low bidder for the alley and parking lot project from Road Constructors, Inc. The bid was for $69,990.95. Illg explained that $46,100 of that bid is for the parking lot. The EDA (Economic Development A .....
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Graves looks for clarification of zoning laws

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Zoning Administrator Chris Graves was trying to unmuddy the water on several points at the July 16 Planning and Zoning meeting. He asked what kind of sewer systems should be required for the Amish community? He explained according to the legislative ..... 
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Spring Valley working on bike trail

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

The bike trail through Spring Valley took another step toward completion at the July 13th meeting. The Council approved the bid of Rochester Sand and Gravel to surface the bike trail from the Sewage Treatment Plant to the City Farm, a distance of 2. ..... 
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Davids and Ropes meet with Lanesboro City Council

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Senator Sharon Ropes and Representative Greg Davids spent some time in Lanesboro this week. They spoke to the public and the City Council during the joint meeting with the Public Utilities Commission on July 6.

Ropes said that she and Davids ..... 
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Preston local government aid more than anticipated

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said at the council's July 6 meeting that the reduction of funds from the state is "good news compared with what we thought it would be." This last month Governor Tim Pawlenty made known a $300 million reduction in Loc ..... 
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City of Rushford Village Council Meeting June 16, 2009.

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Pledge to Flag

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke, Howard Otis - Zoning Administrator and Judy Graham - Clerk.

Citizens Present: Beth Mitchell, At ..... 
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Fillmore County may participate in a Chemical and Mental Health Program redesign

Fri, Jul 10th, 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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County continues agreement with Fillmore Family Resources

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Amy Becker, Fillmore Family Resources, Inc., explained the service their organization performs for victims of crime to the county board at their June 23 meeting. Fillmore Family Resources is a nonprofit organization that provides a needed service fo ..... 
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Rushford halts airport hangar construction

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the June 22nd meeting, the city council began by putting a temporary halt on a plan for development at the Municipal Airport. The action plan calls for the design and construction of a 6-unit T-hangar project. While the city is eligible for a sta ..... 
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