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Lanesboro City Council hears from the Chamber


Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Julie Charlebois, representing the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce, informed the council about the upcoming Lanesboro Weed-Up at the July 2 council meeting.

“With the really warm spring, and being short of funds and no real clarity of who is responsible, we came up with a good idea,” said Charlebois. “We’re really excited about it.”

On July 18 from 6:30-8pm, people are getting together to pull weeds around town, and Riverside on the Root will be giving out drink coupons for afterward.

Charlebois also spoke about noise ordinance issues, especially concerning semis, motorcycles and trucks that go through downtown. The council approved Vickerman to contact the Department of Transportation to request a speed study in order to potentially lower the speed limit on Parkway.

Council member Ceil Allen said that Frank Wright recently took a tour of frac mines and presented to the Chamber. The Chamber is writing a letter with their concerns about the frac mining, mostly concerns about the high amount of traffic on the roads. Allen said that Wright said there could be up to 250 trucks a day on the roads that are delivering for the mines.

“I think we should have a long, hard think about the impact this will have on our streets, and write our own letter of concern,” suggested Allen.

The next frac committee meeting will be on July 18, and after that there will be a public hearing. There was some discussion about waiting until the public hearing. Allen said if the council has concerns they should express them now, before they amend the ordinance. She felt the city should support whatever the Chamber is doing. She will be attending the meeting on July 18.

Charlebois said one of the biggest concerns of the Chamber is the fact that a bike trail goes through town, and the truck traffic could be dangerous for visitors.

Heritage Preservation Commission

Vickerman said the HPC program on June 18 regarding the design guidelines had a big turnout and went very well. She added that Barb Johnson received a scholarship to attend the National HPC in Norfolk, Virginia in July.

Vickerman asked for the city to cover an initial expense of $250 for Sara Peterson to photograph several buildings in town, as they are working on expanding the historic district. They are applying for some legacy grants to help in this project.

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Rushford looking at more infrastructure upgrades

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

Already having completed countless upgrades in just the last 5 years, since the flood of 2007, Rushford is continuing to have to consider further upgrades to both its wastewater and electric systems. Bill change and Jim Stremel, of BDM Consulting En ..... 
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County to apply for grant and loan funds for Greenleafton

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in All Government

Steps toward a possible resolution to the sewage problems of the Greenleafton community were taken at the county board’s June 26 meeting. A proposal from Stantec was approved. Their services and expertise in preparing a grant application will cos ..... 
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Chatfield reviews resident survey

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Intern Jordan Boysen detailed the results of a resident survey at their June 25 meeting. The city participated in the State Auditor’s Performance Measurement Program. The intention of the survey is to measure the effectiveness of city services and ..... 
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Harmony City Council moves forward with Pavement Management Plan

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Government

The Harmony City Council had a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) workshop on May 29, and they suggested Stantec come up with a proposal for a pavement management plan for the city. Brett Grabau from Bonestroo, who is partnered with Stantec, explained t ..... 
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Rushford Library Board architect offers up plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

Acting on the council’s last direction to seek out preliminary plans for the renovation of the Tew Memorial Library, the Library Board and architect Val Schute, of River Architects, presented viable options at last Monday’s council meeting. At l ..... 
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Sand Tour insights aid in ordinance refinement

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Government

The process of reshaping Fillmore County Ordinance 721, Excavation of Materials and Minerals, Open Pit and Impounded Waters, is nearing completion. The ten member Sand Committee met for the first time on February 13 before the moratorium was put int ..... 
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Work on South Broadway in Spring Valley is underway

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on June 11, 2012, and approved the first pay request to Elcor Construction Company of Rochester. $212,313.60 was approved for the South Broadway construction project. As the work proceeds this su ..... 
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Legacy grant to be pursued

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Jeff Broberg, a member of the National Trout Center (NTC) board of directors, discussed the possibility of obtaining Legacy grant funding (from the three-eighths Minnesota sales tax) at the Preston City Council’s April 16 meeting. Broberg, Minneso ..... 
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