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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 property will be the site of multi use which will include industrial, commercial, and residential zoning. The expansion situated on the land recently purchased by the City: The Kasten Farm.

Tennis Court Bill

There was considerable discussion regarding the re-building of the tennis courts at the south park. Council members questioned the bill from Mcgill Construction Company. The original bid was $33,176.00 and the final bill was $42,100.00. When Park Director John Fenske arrived at the meeting he explained the increase. He said that his understanding was that the City would remove the dirt from the present site and that did not occur. Fenske said; "I made a mistake thinking it was the City's job." As a result the contractor had to remove the dirt and that resulted in a $2,500.00 extra charge. Also, it wasn't known at the time that the courts would have to be seal coated when finished. The Council accepted Fenske's explanation and approved the bill of $42,100.00.

On a note concerning the swimming pool. John Fenske said that at the end of this year the Baby Pool will not be able to be used. This is due to new regulations that have to be met.

Approval was also given providing for the redemption & prepayment 2001B Bonds. The bonds will be prepaid on September 1, 2008 in the amount of $730,000.00 and are General Obligation Permanent Improvement Revolving Fund Bonds.

Need for a Spring Valley Foodshelf

A recent study by Channel One shows that there are 100 families in the Spring Valley area that have needs for food shelf items and the Council has been approached to provide a facility so people don't need to drive to Preston. It was decided that the City will explore the Kasten Farm milkhouse to see if it would be suitable for the food shelf.

Junk Ordinance Update

"What do we want to do?" This was the comment from Mayor Struzyk when the subject of violations of the junk ordinance came up again, again. Seems the extensions given past property owners some leeway to clean up their yards continues to drag on. The familiar names of Chris Schmoll, Mike Shaw, Jeff Sveen and Jeremy Larson are items of discussion. The Mayor said that there appears to be some progre .....
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Winona Health clinic to stay in Rushford

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Winona Health will continue its clinic operation in Rushford, according to Brad Lenertz, Winona Physicians Clinics Administrator.

Lenertz spoke at the July 14 regular meeting at the Rushford city council, answering a question that ..... 
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Preston Council concerned over Forestville Bridge closure

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Mayor Kurt Reicks raised the issue of the bridge closure to vehicle traffic on county road 118 at Forestville State Park at the July 7 Preston City Council meeting. Robert Sauer was absent.

Reicks explained that the bridge sustaine ..... 
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Budget cuts impact role of public defenders

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Judge Robert Benson discussed the state cut back of funding for the Public Defender Office with the Fillmore County Board at their July 8 meeting. Benson explained that public defenders will no longer provide service for parents with Child ..... 
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Harmony looks into lift station problems

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Harmony residents have some concerns about what is going on with the north lift station that seemed to be the cause of the sewer issues during the heavy rains on June 7-8. During that storm Harmony received more than eight inches of rain, and many p ..... 
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Lanesboro Museum asks city for help

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Speaking for the Lanesboro Historical Museum in Lanesboro, Jim Ostrem approached the city council with a request at the regular meeting July 7.

First, Ostrem invited the council to come to the museum for a free guided tour so th ..... 
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Septic system inspection required before sale

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig discussed with the county board the enforcement of the Point of Sale Ordinance at the board's July 1 meeting. He noted that the ordinance has been on the books for about a year. It says that "before a pers ..... 
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Spring Valley proceeds with flood buyout

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council held a special meeting on Monday, June 30, 2008, to discuss issues regarding violations of the junk ordinance and buyout of flood plain property.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer told the council t ..... 
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Harmony Administrator updates council on flood matters

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

The day of the Harmony City Council meeting on June 24, City Administrator Jerome Illg met with Senator Sharon Ropes to talk about water damage in the community due to recent flooding. They toured some of the homes that have had damage due to floodi ..... 
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