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Chatfield discovers collapsed storm sewer


Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers discussed the unexpected discovery of the deteriorated pipe at the city's September 14 meeting. Mayor Les Knutson was absent. The collapse of the storm sewer pipe along Highway 52 between Spring and First Street was discovered on the property of All American Co-op when the elevator was attempting to repair the floor of a grain bin. The pipe currently runs under the bin and a building on the Co-op property.

The storm sewer line drains catch basins for water running off Highway 52. MnDot claims the maintenance of the line is the responsibility of the city of Chatfield according to a 1991 agreement. The deterioration of the pipe and its replacement would be a timely problem for the Co-op which needs to repair its bin and have it ready soon for the fall harvest season. A video of the pipe has exposed significant crumbling of the pipe both ways from the hole under the bin.

The city has opted to reroute the pipe around the building and under an existing driveway. The Co-op has agreed to this and is willing to provide an easement for the new pipe. Griffin Construction will do the work for the new storm sewer line for $20,346. The council agreed that laying the new line would be the cheapest and quickest solution to the problem and approved the bid.

Brian Burkholder identified four wells within the city of Chatfield that have been abandoned. The city wants to seal those wells to protect its supply of drinking water. Two of the wells are the city's and two are privately owned. Both Fillmore and Olmsted County will share 50 percent of the cost (up to $1,000) for sealing each of the wells located in their respective counties. Chatfield will pay the other 50 percent on their two wells and 25 percent of the cost (up to $500) to seal each of the private wells with the 25 percent balance to be borne by the property owner.

The state of Minnesota requires abandoned wells be sealed. The city estimates their portion of sealing the four wells would cost $2,320 and the council approved their participation. The low quote for sealing the wells was made by Rowland Well.

2010 Budget and Levy

City Clerk Joel Young explained that because the city of Chatfield has a population over 2500, the city is subject to a levy limit. However, the city didn't raise the levy to the limit last year and would not be expected to for 2010. The city would have the authority to raise the levy as much as 17 pe .....
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Rushford City Council analyzes costs

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Several topics headed the Monday, September 14th, council meeting, the most prevalent of which was likely consideration of a staff report regarding the preliminary draft of the 2010 budget. Mayor Les Ladewig advised the council, "Hang on to your sea ..... 
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Spring Valley reduces levy by roughly $8,000

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council has passed a resolution setting the preliminary budget and levy for 2010. At the meeting Monday night, the council set the preliminary levy at $880, 344. City Administrator Deb Zimmer said that "there will be no salary ..... 
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Canton discusses wastewater treatment concerns

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Unapproved meeting minutes

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met Tuesday, September 15, 2009, with Mayor Johnson calling the meeting to order. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Cindy Shanks made a motio ..... 
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Peterson reviews proposed 2010 budget

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Unapproved meeting minutes

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council was called to order by Mayor Lee on September 9, 2009. The first order of business was a question and answer discussion regarding the yellow curb marking and mail bo ..... 
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Preliminary county budget and levy adopted

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

Resolutions to adopt Fillmore County's preliminary budget and levy were passed at the September 8 meeting. State law requires the preliminary budget and levy for 2010 to be set by September 15.

County coordinator Karen Brown explained the bu ..... 
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Lanesboro dam repairs?

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman went over her preliminary budget for 2010 during Lanesboro's council meeting on September 8. The council approved the preliminary tax levy of $413,756, which is a five percent increase from last year. As Vickerman ..... 
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Preston approves 2010 preliminary budget and levy

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman related some good news for the 2010 budget at the September 9 meeting of the Preston City Council. Health insurance rates for the coming year will only increase two percent instead of the 15 percent that was budgeted f ..... 
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Harmony seeks lower increase than past years

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council approved a preliminary budget and tax levy at their meeting on September 8. City Administrator Jerome Illg presented a budget to the council with the preliminary tax levy set at $603,800. This is a 2.6 percent increase from ..... 
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