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Spring Valley council negotiating sale of annexed lots


Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLELY - Within days after the city of Spring Valley annexed the property on the west side of the city known as the Kasten Farm, city officials were negotiating the sale of three lots to a local storage/manufacturing company.

Mayor Jim Struzyk reported to the Council that he and Deb Zimmer and Jeff Vehrenkamp met with the potential buyers of the land to discuss timetables and terms. The Mayor told the Council that there is an urgency to wrap the deal up because the company wants to start building and have a building up in two weeks.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer cautioned the Council that there needs to be something in writing before the deal can be made and the buyer is given permission to build.

"I don't even know your terms," said Zimmer.

The Council agreed on $1.85 a square foot for the property and that assessments will be determined later. Final approval would be contingent on approval from the City Attorney. A special meeting of the City Council was scheduled for Friday, August 1, to discuss the progress made in negotiations.

In regards to the improvements on the Kasten property, the Council authorized Yaggy Colby architects to proceed with doing a feasibility study to put city sewer and water to the Industrial park area currently not in place.

Other Business

• Approval to pay another bill on the 2007 Utility Improvements was given. Invoice number 8 amounted to $28,493.53. One final bill will come before the Council when the final work is completed.

• The Council also adopted a resolution setting up a Bid/Quote policy. They agreed if the purchase was in the budget and was $2,000 to $25,000 it will be handled in a Committee with the Department Head, City Administrator and the Commissioner from that Department. Purchases that were not in the budget will go to the Council. Costs between $25,000 and $50,000, the Council will need to approve and over $50,000 sealed bids will be necessary.

• It's been a busy season for the library. Librarian Dianne Sikkink reported that since January 143 new patrons have been enrolled at the Library; 43 of those were rural and there have been over three thousand items checked out this year as compared to the same length of time in 2007.

• John Fenske reported on the parks and said that the recent renovation of the tennis courts has resulted in increased usage and everyone is extremely happy with how the project .....
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Rushford Council meets with auditors

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The July 28 meeting of the Rushford City Council was eerily close to "business as usual" for this group that has been accustomed to dramatic, often difficult decisions over the past year.

Thomas Wente from Smith, Schafer and Assoc ..... 
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Harmony refinances Heritage Grove bonds

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates was at the Harmony City Council meeting on July 29 to discuss some options the city has regarding refinancing for Heritage Grove.

In 2001, the EDA (Economic Development Authority) issued bonds ..... 
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Hazard Mitigation Plan moves forward

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Emergency Management Director Deborah Teske and Bonestroo representative Corey Raymond presented the completed Fillmore County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan to the commissioners for public review at the county board's July 29 meeting. No one ..... 
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Zoning Administrator Norm Craig to resign in November

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Long time Zoning Administrator Norman Craig submitted his letter of resignation to the Fillmore County Board at their July 22 meeting. Craig has served the people of the county for twenty-four years and plans to retire on November 27, 2008 ..... 
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Bituminous prices balloon Preston street improvement costs

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Brett Grabau of Bonestroo informed Preston City Council members of the 2008 Street and Utility Improvement bids at their July 21 meeting. He noted that three companies bid with the low bid from Road Constructors Inc. coming in at $193,306.75. The lo ..... 
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Lanesboro council accepts street bids

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

The city of Lanesboro has accepted bids for the projects that will be done this summer and fall on Whittier Street and Maple Drive. Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby presented the council with the bids at the regular meeting on July 21.

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Board of Adjustment looks into park model camper issue

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - David Swanson of Cannon Falls came before the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment at their Thursday, July 24 meeting to ask the board for a reversal of a Zoning Administrator's decision not to allow Swanson to have a park model style campe ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council approves annexation

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council took action on Monday night (July 14) that will result in the City limits being extended several acres to the northwest. The Council approved a joint resolution for Orderly Annexation with Spring Valley Township. The p ..... 
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