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Chatfield hears MnDot access plan


Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

Representatives of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, District 6, detailed the results of their two-year study and the resulting Chatfield area Access Management Safety Plan (AMSP) for US 52, MN 30 and MN 74/30 at the council's November 9 meeting. The plan encompasses US 52 from Interstate 90 to MN 80 at Fountain, MN 30 from Olmsted 138 to US 52 and MN 74/30 from US 52 to Territorial Rd SE. Councilor Josh Thompson was absent.

The notes with the plan suggest the district has benefited from additional revenue recently, including but not limited to additional bonding dollars and federal stimulus money from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Now, the intention is to reconstruct US 52 between Chatfield and I-90 in 2017. However, Bob Hutton, MnDot senior planner, warns that all dates and plans are subject to change. The section from Chatfield to Fountain is anticipated to be reconstructed in the long range plan between 2019 and 2028.

Recommendations are made in the plan for several access closures in the Marion area, downtown and southern Chatfield and in Fountain. Hutton assured there would always be allowances for reasonable access. There would be no immediate closures as the plan is very long term. Any future realignment of portions of US 52 could be a possibility but were not addressed in the plan. There could be the potential for a four lane decades from now, but that possibility was also not part of the plan.

The goal is to provide a "safe, free-flowing highway facility from I-90 through the cities of Chatfield and Fountain to MN 80 over the next 20 years."

MnDot recommended the city adopt a resolution in support of the plan and overlay zone documents or the Chatfield Area Access Management Overlay Ordinance. The ordinance is intended to implement the goals of Chatfield's Comprehensive Plan and the AMSP.

Mayor Les Knutson suggested the resolution be tabled to allow councilors, city staff and the city attorney time to review and consider the detailed plan and ordinance. No action was taken.

Other Business In Brief

• The council requested MnDot do a speed study on Hillside Drive. Councilors would like the speed limit posted at 30. Police Chief Shane Fox noted in a memo that there is a stretch longer than one quarter mile where there are no structures which is the distance the state uses to determine whether a road is urban or rural. He had recommended the survey be conducted by M .....
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Rushford village council meeting

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Dale Schwanke, Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, and Elizabeth Atkinson. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney Thomas Manion, and Clerk Joy ..... 
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Lanesboro Community Center Building repairs

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

Shayn Jensson and Ben Wolf from Yaggy Colby Associates came to the Lanesboro City Council meeting on November 2 to discuss their recent report on repairs needed to the Community Center Building.

Wolf explained what they found when looking ov ..... 
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Rushford responds strongly in election

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government



In a highly debated election that included intense media attention and a first ever public candidate forum, the citizens of Rushford have spoken. With the mayoral position, as well as two four-year council terms and one two-year council term ..... 
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Board discusses redesign plan progress

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

An effort to partner with other counties in the Southeast Region of the state to more efficiently deliver social services is still a work in progress. Social Service Director Thomas Boyd asked the commissioners the direction they want to take to bui ..... 
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Preston seeks highway 52 speed adjustment

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

Michael Schweyen, district traffic engineer for MnDot, explained their process for determining appropriate speeds at the November 2nd Preston City Council meeting. One of Schweyen's responsibilities is to recommend speed limits in the eleven county ..... 
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Fountain's plant to be operable by mid December

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government



Dave Morrill of McGhie and Betts, Inc. dominated the November 5 Fountain City Council meeting with updates, change orders, and discussion of employee time necessary for the wastewater treatment plant operation. He acknowledged the wet Octobe ..... 
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Rushford responds strongly in election

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a highly debated election that included intense media attention and a first ever public candidate forum, the citizens of Rushford have spoken. With the mayoral position, as well as two four-year council terms and one two-year council term up for ..... 
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Despite economy, Fillmore County tourism remains healthy

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

Many of our cities in Fillmore County rely on tourism or visitor dollars to help sustain shops, dining, lodging and other businesses. How has the recession played for those businesses? Have local people opted to stay close to home for vacations and ..... 
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