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Harmony Council deals with flooding problems


Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

Recent storms in the area and water problems throughout the town made for a lot of discussion at the Harmony City Council meeting on June 10. City employee Chris Johnson explained what happened with the excess water flowing through the wastewater treatment plant.

According to Johnson, the plant is designed to handle around 194,000 gallons of water a day. Between the morning of Sunday, June 8 and Tuesday night, the plant had gone through 1.7million gallons, or approximately 426,000 gallons a day.

"We're way over design flows," stated Johnson. "That's why we've had so much trouble."

Many houses in Harmony had flooded basements from the heavy rains over the weekend and, some houses, including Johnson's had sewer backup into their homes. The city employees, with the help of the fire department, had to do open discharging. They pumped for seven hours on Sunday to get rid of excess water.

Johnson explained that when a city does open discharge, the MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) gets involved, and he received phone calls from people in Rochester and the Twin Cities. People from Rochester came down to see what was going on.

"It's been a nightmare," said Johnson. "I don't know what we're gonna do."

The water has also caused other problems with the wastewater plant as far as equipment goes, and they have been working hard getting things working right. For some reason, the rain water is getting into the sanitary sewer system, and they need to find out what the problem is so they can fix it.

"The rain has to find the easiest way to go, and it's easier to go into our basements, I guess," said Johnson. "It shouldn't happen. We're providing a service, and the service isn't adequate."

According to Johnson, there is a problem with the lift station on the northwest side of town as it's not keeping up like it should. The council talked about doing smoke tests and televising to see where the problem is so they can do some repairs. Johnson also mentioned that the weather forecast calls for up to four more inches during the next two days.

Several residents attended the meeting asking for dumpsters to be placed in town somewhere so that people affected by the flooding can dispose of their damaged items. City Administrator Jerome Illg said the city has a few options about how to do that. The council decided to go with one dumpster to start out with, and to have it in the community center parking lo .....
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Spring Valley Council revisits Junk Ordinance

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night, June 9, and devoted the majority of time to discussing the Junk Ordinance, which requires homeowners to clean up junk on their properties. This normally consists of tires, unlicensed vehicles, long ..... 
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Lanesboro Council turns down loan relief request for St. Manes

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

Ted St. Mane and his brothers Chuck and Jeff approached the Lanesboro City Council on June 2 to ask for relief in relation to loans administered by the city. The buildings that they owned were completely destroyed in the arson fire in 2002, and they ..... 
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Preston Council updates designated funds

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met for a very short meeting on June 2.  Councilmen Robert Sauer and Jon Haugan were absent.  City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that following the audit the city staff reviewed the funds and suggested some c ..... 
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State legislation has negative affect on Fillmore County

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Social Service Director Thomas Boyd reviewed the concerns the recent legislative session raised for Fillmore County at the June 3 county board meeting. He noted a reduction in grants by 1.8%.

The county receives about $822,000 in ..... 
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Harmony City Council gets creative in financing community center projects

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - The Harmony City Council discussed a few more options for financing the community center and parking lots projects that are coming up this summer at the May 27th meeting. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates was there to explain the optio ..... 
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Rushford Council works toward June 6 flood loan deadline

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Government

The final date for approving business flood recovery loans, June 23, is fast approaching, and, as the final stop on the loan approval train, the Rushford city council is feeling the pressure of the looming deadline.

And since the actual rep ..... 
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Pawlenty veto puts county health plan at risk

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Commissioner Chuck Amunrud, Fillmore County's commissioner who sits on the Joint Powers Board, requested the opinion of the other commissioners at their May 27 meeting. Five counties including Olmsted, Fillmore, Houston, Mower, and Winona ..... 
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Preston moves forward with 2008 street improvements

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Government

Brett Grabau of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlick and Associates, the city's consulting engineers, detailed the plans and estimates for the 2008 street improvements at the council's May 19 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent.

Grabau noted that ..... 
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