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Lanesboro faces $900,000 in dam repairs


Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council met on March 16, and council member Joe O'Connor updated them on the Public Utilities meeting that was held earlier in the day. O'Connor showed the council the thick engineering report on the flood damage to the dam and hydro.

O'Connor said the engineers had to assess the damage to the dam before FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) would pay any money. According to O'Connor, it was assessed as a High Hazard. There was damage from the 2008 flood, as well as erosion to the structure that came over the years. He said they were going to recommend that Lanesboro repair the dam, which could cost around $900,000.

"Collapse is not imminent," said O'Connor. "We just need to gather more information." He added that they will be following up with FEMA now that the report is done, as well as state and county representatives.

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman said the Hydro ran for 10 days in February, which was an energy savings of about $1,200 for the citizens of Lanesboro.

Resident Butch Culbertson asked the council if they had looked into receiving any grants for using green energy. Vickerman said she has looked into it, and that there is a good chance they can get a grant to fund the repairs. She later mentioned that the hydro is a huge asset to Lanesboro, and could save residents up to $40,000 a year in energy costs if it was running all of the time.

Budget Cuts and

Recommendations

Vickerman spoke briefly about the budget cuts for 2009-2010. She said they will continue to look at cutting $30,000 this year and $60,000 in 2010, and that they should be safe with those numbers. The city still needs to meet with Sheriff Darryl Jensen and Police Chief Matt Schultz about the police contract and possible cuts there.

Lanesboro resident Robert Thompson spoke to the council about his previous suggestion regarding the police contract. He believes the city should look at making major cuts to the police department and see if it would be possible to hire an uncertified officer who can call for backup if needed.

"There are so many people looking for work, if you advertise a job for $35,000 you're gonna get a lot of applicants," said Thompson. "These little towns have done this for years. In order to survive without taxing people to death we have to look at it."

Mark Brewster property

Tom Dybing, speaking on behalf of the Planning and Zoning Commission, said t .....
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Lanesboro dam found to be damaged by recent floods

Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

A just completed study of the Lanesboro dam has found "several locations of severe deterioration in the limestone blocks of the dam with excessive amounts of material missing."

The long awaited assessment was requested by the City after the f ..... 
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The future of the historic Forestville Bridge?

Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The dilemma facing Fillmore County as to the future of the Forestville Bridge #6263 has been brought to a boil with the recent discussion at the March 3 county board meeting to consider submitting a letter to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR ..... 
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Fillmore County Board discusses funding proposal

Mon, Mar 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen came prepared with possible alternative contracts to keep the beleaguered, yet still successful program alive at the March 10 County Board meeting. Fillmore County along with a few other counties no longer has state matching fun ..... 
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Harmony City Council: Street lights and storm sewers

Mon, Mar 16th, 2009
Posted in Government



The Harmony City Council meeting was called to order by Mayor Steve Donney at 7:08 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

Present at the meeting were City Attorney, Richard Nethercut, Councilperson, Sherry Hines, Councilperson, Gerald Shuc ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council- March

Mon, Mar 16th, 2009
Posted in Government



The meeting of the Spring Valley City Council on Monday night lasted a total of 12 minutes before adjourning.

Performing Arts Center

What could be a major step for the Arts in Spring Valley was discussed at the Council meetin ..... 
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New surveys bring back bike trail controversy

Fri, Mar 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

David Joerg explained the need for a revised resolution to authorize Eminent Domain to acquire Ristau and Snyder properties for the proposed Forestville Trail at the council's March 2 meeting. The council initially authorized Eminent Domain in Octob ..... 
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Rushford Village Council meeting minutes

Fri, Mar 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

Pledge to Flag

The meeting was called to order by Mayor, Gordon Johnson, Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke, Liz Atkinson, Howard Otis - Zoning Administrator and Judy Graham - Clerk.

Citizens Present ..... 
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County map goes to printer

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the February 24 meeting of the County Board a number of housekeeping items were on the agenda. After about a year the newly corrected Fillmore County map is being sent to the printers.

The map was rejected after being printed and reviewed ..... 
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