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Harmony flooding problem linked to faulty manholes


Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Harmony resident Louise Sikkink was at the August 12, 2008, City Council meeting to hear about what has been done to fix problems with the sewer system on the north end of town. Sikkink and others had sewers back-up into their homes during a heavy rainstorm in June.

City Employee Chris Johnson said that he and engineers from Bonestroo did a smoke test in that part of town and found a manhole in a ditch near the Industrial Park where smoke was billowing out of the ground. There were also two small holes at Harmony Enterprises. According to Johnson, Bonestroo was very satisfied that these areas would let more than enough water into the sanitary sewer to max out the pumps. They are ordering new concrete chimneys that should fix the problem within the next month.

Johnson added that all of the pumps in the area were checked and everything was in working order. Council member Gerry Shuck asked if any of the mains had been televised for problems and Johnson replied that Bonestroo didn't think it would be necessary.

Sikkink asked who should be notified if there are any problems in the future. Johnson said she could call him at any time. When the city offices are called, there is an emergency number to call, which is Johnson's cell phone number. On the weekends, either Johnson or two other employees are on call.

Johnson admitted that on the day of the storm they should have started pumping earlier than they did. He was out of town that weekend, and the dialers on the pumps did not work to call someone when the water gets too high. They used a water pump from the fire department to pump water for several hours on that Sunday evening.

The emergency committee that was formed had recommended the city purchase its own trash pump, as the fire pump is supposed to be used for water only. The council approved the purchase of a pump through Kingsley Mercantile for $1,595. According to Johnson, it can pump 354 gallons a minute.

Electrical Upgrades

The city had received estimates from Morem Electric for proposed electrical upgrades in both Selvig Park and the Hobo Park. City Administrator Jerome Illg said the city has been providing temporary electric service for vendors in the park during the Fourth of July celebrations, which has cost the city anywhere from $800 to $1,100 each year. Morem Electric estimated a cost of $11,555 to put in permanent outlets in the park where vendors are located along the highway. I .....
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Spring Valley approves new generator for utilities

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council took action Monday night, August 11, 2008 to help finance a new generator for Public Utilities. There were two resolutions passed that pave the way for financing one million dollars as half of the total cost. One resol ..... 
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Spring Valley sells lots at industrial park

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in special session on Friday afternoon. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the recent negotiations the City has had with property owners at the Industrial Park.

Within the last week Larry Kappers ha ..... 
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POET Biorefining TIF decertified

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council approved a resolution decertifying the ethanol plant Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) at their August 4 meeting.  City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that the TIF was to run out on December 31, 2007 ..... 
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County Board struggles to trim budget

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County Board members slogged through proposed budgets from several departments in a long day at their Tuesday, August 5, meeting. The board is faced with cutting and trimming a hundred here and several thousand there in order to s ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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