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SV City Council holds special session on flood buyout


Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in Special Session on Wednesday night (April 9, 2008) to take action on three items regarding buy out of property in the Flood Plain.

Flood Damage Buyout by City

Lucille Daggett had approached the City Council in recent months requesting that her property at 204 S. Hudson be purchased under the DNR Flood Buyout Program. Under that grant property owners in the floodplain can sell their property to the City for various public uses, mainly parks. She brought the proposal forward when she learned that the assessment on street and water improvements in a project affecting her home would be more than the property is worth. At the meeting on Wednesday, the City sent Lucille Daggett a letter that stated; "The residence owned by Lucille Daggett located at 204 S. Hudson Avenue is a property that has been targeted for possible purchase." In response the city has submitted a grant to the DNR requesting assistance in purchasing the property. The assistance from the DNR is required for the city to be able to move ahead with purchasing the property. The grant request to the DNR is for $103,000.00 which will cover the purchase and removal of the property. It is expected that a response will be known in the next couple of weeks.

Resolutions for Flood Damage Reduction Grant

A resolution was also passed authorizing City Administrator, Deb Zimmer to act as a legal sponsor for the project. The entire purchase of the Daggett property is contingent on the grant from the DNR.

Also under the Flood Damage Reduction Grant was a resolution requesting grant monies for the demolition of the former "Lumberyard Partnership Facility." The City currently owns the building and is leasing it out until August of 2008. The grant money would be used to demolish the building. There is no estimate of the cost at this point.

Grant Transfer of Repayment of Responsible Party

The three buildings on Broadway owned by Rebecca Goodsell are for sale as the owners plan to move to Wisconsin. The City currently holds a mortgage of $43,000.00 in the form of a Small Cities Grant in the form of Sidewalk Bonds. The owners have requested that the mortgage agreement be transferred to the next owners by the City. Deb Zimmer says there is some interest in two of the buildings and if the mortgage were passed to a new owner it might be a more attractive purchase to someone. The Council voted to permit that transfer to take place .....
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Design Team to help Rushford plan

Fri, Apr 4th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Susan Hart, co-chair of the Rushford Steering Committee, addressed the County Board at their April 1 meeting. Hart asked commissioners to come to Rushford during the visit of the Minnesota Design Team (MDT) from April 24 through the 26 to ..... 
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County looks at tax abatement for Chatfield

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board listened to the public and representatives from Chatfield encouraging the county to approve the tax abatement plan for the Hilltop Estates Development at their March 25 meeting. Commissioners Stafford Hansen and M ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Board discusses Old School and New School with the public

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

A much-hoped-for Rushford-Peterson facilities grant to buy land, build a new school and refurbish old classrooms will not be included in the 2008-09 Minnesota bonding bill.

Citing state fiscal constraints and competition from districts that ..... 
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Preston gives treatment site to city of Fountain

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council voted unanimously at a special meeting on Monday, March 24, to gift the site of a Preston owned wastewater plant in Fountain to the city of Fountain. For the past 19 years, the city of Preston has operated a pre-treatment pl ..... 
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Results of Rushford housing study unveiled

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

The results of the long-awaited housing study conducted by Maxfield Research, commissioned by the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, were unveiled last Thursday at Stumpy's.

Numerous sources of funding and grants are dependent upon this study b ..... 
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Planning Commission approves wind turbine CUP

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning Commission, at their Thursday, March 27 meeting, approved a conditional use permit for Renee Haugerud to install two wind turbines near the new home she is building in Carimona Township. The matter will now go ..... 
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Lanesboro council looks at Whittier Street and Maple Drive improvements

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council have to make some major decisions about financing the much-needed repairs on Whittier Street and Maple Drive. At the regular meeting on March 17, Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby Associates presented the council ..... 
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Preston City Council: Farmer's Market starting in May

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston will have a Farmer's Market beginning this May. The Preston City Council gave the go ahead to a group of organizers at their Monday, March 17, meeting.

The market will be located on the grass near the Preston trail head and be held o ..... 
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