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Rushford accepts levee project bid


Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

"I'm happy to say, we're at a point where we can start construction," declared Art Kalmes, senior civil engineer for Barr Engineering, one of three firms assisting with the levee reconstruction and recertification.

Fourteen construction firms had requested the details of the immense project; the city received only two bids. According to Kalmes, some firms were simply too busy, while others found it too hard to mobilize based on the constraints of the project. Otomo Engineering expected the project to have a price tag of nearly $1.3 million. The low bidder, Blitz Construction of Byron, has quoted the city just over $1.1 million. That number may drop, with the city doing some of the work itself, but it's not likely to, according to City Administrator Steve Sarvi. The bid was not a conventional time and materials offer, but was bid per specific item.

In a second motion involving the levee, the city has agreed to continue cooperative efforts between Barr Engineering, Otomo Engineering, and American Engineering Testing. "Their efforts thus far have gotten us this far," noted City Administrator Steve Sarvi. "We've assembled a really good team."

Funding for the project comes in large part from a cost-sharing grant through the DNR in the amount of $1.2 million, half of which will be funded by the city itself. The DNR has already indicated to the city that they will allow funds for the project to be deducted from their share first. The city received another grant in June in the amount of $150,000, but will have to bond for the remaining cost. The city's share is capped at $630,360.

The project is expected to begin November 1. "Backyard" work, including relief drains and seepage collection, will continue for 6-8 weeks. The work will resume in the spring and is projected to see completion by August 2012. The timing of the project presents a good opportunity for the city, as groundwater is typically lower in the fall and there will be less soil disruption as the ground cools. A neighborhood meeting with affected residents will take place prior to any work and the city will continue to be in close contact with those affected throughout the process.

"There are a lot of complicated aspects to this project," indicated Kalmes.

"It's an ordeal," echoed Mayor Chris Hallum.

The battle for the bike trail extension past Creekside Park and to the Hoiland Mill continues. According to Administrator Sarvi, the Army Corps of .....
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Preston agrees to revised EMSRB order

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

At the October 3 Preston City Council meeting, a negotiated Stipulation and Consent Order was agreed to as recommended by attorney Peter Regnier. Regnier was appointed by the League of Minnesota Cities to advise the city in its response to the Emerg ..... 
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Property taxes and the homestead exclusion

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

Much of the Fillmore County Board's October 4 meeting was consumed with a presentation and discussion concerning the repeal of the Market Value Credit and the initiation of the Market Value Exclusion program. The program changes were made in the 201 ..... 
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City of Rushford Village minutes

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The September 20, 2011, Regular Meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zoning ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, Oct. 10, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 10, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 10, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:0 ..... 
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Lanesboro moving forward on landscaping

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

During the regular meeting on October 3, the Lanesboro City Council approved Mensink Landscaping for the landscaping project. The DNR had previously found there was one quarry, in Houston, which carried the kind of limestone needed for the project. ..... 
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New business for County Airport

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Government

William Mensink was granted authorization to do business at the Fillmore County Airport at the County Board's September 27 meeting. The authorization is required by the state.

Mensink's business, "Slip Skid Aviation, LLC," will offer aircraf ..... 
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Rushford hockey rink/skate park gains momentum

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Government

Terri Benson, representing the Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce, presented the city with a request for the purchase of custom-built boards for the hockey rink that was temporarily constructed in the winter of 2010. The materials, which totalled ove ..... 
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Spring Valley to get Rescue Lift for ambulance

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, September 26 and dealt with several items on a rather thin agenda.

Members of the Spring Valley Area Ambulance Service will be seeing a new piece of equipment in two of their units. Approval was ..... 
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