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Chatfield to apply for Emergency Response grant


Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

Dan Jaquith, training officer for the Chatfield Fire Department, explained why it is in the best interest of the city to install a generator at the Thurber Building at the council's March 14 meeting. The council approved the application for a grant by the Fire Department to Homeland Security and FEMA to pay for 75 percent of the cost to install a generator capable of servicing the whole building. The project is estimated to cost about $100,000.

With the installation of a generator, the building can be used as an emergency operation center. Power is necessary to operate the phone and computer systems. The building can also act as a temporary shelter which will require operation of its heating and cooling systems. Power is necessary to house the 800 MHz dispatch station at the Police Department and also for the EMS area.

With the grant it will become economically feasible to power the whole building. Troy Huntington has been consulted as to what kind of generator it will require to power the whole building in order for it to operate as an Emergency Response Center. Bids have been solicited, including installation, suggesting the $100,000 estimate is realistic. The city would have to come up with 25 percent.

Jaquith said the generator will make the city more self sufficient. The grant funds the federal government has made available for this kind of project are only available until they are used up.

Councilor Russ Smith admitted if nothing ever happens, this may be the dumbest money ever spent, but if the need (emergency) arises, it may be the smartest money ever spent. Councilor Paul Novotny said power is necessary in order to open the doors for the ambulance. Councilor Josh Thompson agreed the city ought to be as prepared as possible. However, Thompson would like to see if the county would be able to pitch in some to help with the 25 percent.

The council approved an application for the grant and a commitment of the other 25 percent.

Other Business In Brief

•The second consideration of the B-3 Zoning Ordinance was approved along with its publication. City Clerk Joel Young said there has been nothing new since the first consideration was approved two weeks ago.

•The Board of Appeal and Equalization at the Fillmore County Assessor is April 18-21 and at the Olmsted County Assessor April 26. Young stressed that these are important opportunities for property owners. This is the time to deal w .....
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Lanesboro discusses historical renovations

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

Dave Huisenga of the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) approached the Lanesboro City Council during their meeting on March 7. He presented an annual report with an overview of things accomplished during 2010. He also mentioned some ideas for 20 ..... 
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County Law Enforcement ARMER ready

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen received approval from the county board at their March 8 meeting to purchase mobile and portable radios with remaining grant funds. Commissioner Duane Bakke was absent as he was in Washington D. C. attending a National Organizat ..... 
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Potential government shutdown will impact Semcac Head Start

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

If a compromise for a 2011 federal budget is not reached by March 18, the federal government may institute a shutdown of nonessential services. A shutdown would impact Semcac Head Start, which receives grant funds directly from the federal governmen ..... 
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Garage wood burner, more than a nuisance

Fri, Mar 11th, 2011
Posted in Government

Dianne Ruud expressed her concerns over the health threat posed by an inside garage wood burner in Preston at the city's March 7 council meeting. The city has an ordinance banning outdoor wood boilers or furnaces, but not directly banning any stove ..... 
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Harmony to spray for mosquitoes in spring

Fri, Mar 11th, 2011
Posted in Government

During the council meeting on March 8, the Harmony City Council voted to spray the town for mosquitoes this spring.

Last year the subject came up when the mosquito population was causing a lot of problems. Council members said people were n ..... 
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County Board discusses regional jail capacity

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Government



Sheriff Daryl Jensen led the discussion at the board's March 1 meeting concerning the region's existing bed capacity in the county jails. A regional meeting, including eleven southeast Minnesota counties, was held in Red Wing to discuss the ..... 
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Spring Valley sidewalk policy

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
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The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night and went through the normal routine of paying bills, approving minutes, etc.

Topping the agenda was a resolution approval for the Sportsmen's Club raffle permit. The raffle will be ..... 
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Chatfield council discusses upgrades for Thurber Building

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
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Councilor Paul Novotny reported on discussions in the Public Services Committee at the council's February 28 meeting for some possible equipment upgrades for the Thurber Building.

It will take less than $1,000 to make the building wireless. ..... 
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