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Renovation process begins for county highway building


Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board, at their May 10 meeting, approved a request for architectural proposals to renovate the Highway Administration Building located on Houston Street NW. The architectural firms will be asked to submit proposals to assess the condition of the building, to make recommendations on its renovation, and provide estimates of probable project costs.

The heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems are inadequate. The original HVAC system was put in during the 1970's. The furnaces were replaced in the 1980's. Part of the building had ice dams this past winter, which created water leaks resulting in mold and ceiling problems. The roof has deficiencies including lack of slope, ventilation and insulation.

The county's insurance provider recommends the sprinklers in the shop be brought into compliance. Sidewalk on the east side of the building is not compliant with handicap accessibility standards.

Interested architectural firms need to submit proposals by June 10, 2011. The board by consensus agreed that it was best to seek proposals from firms across the region.

Other Highway Business

•The lowest rock bids were awarded for various county roads. Contractors that had some of their bids accepted included Orval Sorum and Sons, Winona; Bruening Rock Products, Decorah; and Milestone Materials, Onalaska. Brent Kohn, maintenance supervisor, commented that the bids were similar in price to last year.

•Heath Wenthold was approved for transfer to the Canton shop as a maintenance specialist effective October 28. He was the most senior employee that applied for the transfer. Chairman Marc Prestby commented that it is really helpful that they have been getting significant advance notice of retirements, which helps with placements at the various shops.

Zoning

•The board is sending a letter to the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) referring to subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS) in response to a letter from AMC president and Fillmore County commissioner Duane Bakke. The letter addresses three main concerns including extending the adoption of SSTS rule changes to the state ordinance from February 2012 to 2016. There currently is legislation to delay the change in the rules until 2016 to allow time for concerns Fillmore and other counties have to be considered.

About half of Fillmore County has Karst topography and non-glaciated soils which complicate the .....
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Harmony seeks to fill HBC space

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

There was some discussion at the recent Harmony City Council meeting about the Visitor's Center, and the vacancy that will soon be there. City Administrator Jerome Illg said Historic Bluff Country will be leaving the building at the end of May due t ..... 
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Chatfield to amend zoning code

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council had a relatively short meeting on May 9. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent.

City Clerk Joel Young informed the council that Governor Mark Dayton signed into law late last week a bill that will restore the ability o ..... 
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Another fine for the Preston Ambulance Service

Tue, May 10th, 2011
Posted in Government

At the Preston City Council's May 2 meeting Ambulance Director Ryan Throckmorton acknowledged, yet again, the correction order and fine imposed by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB). The fine is the result of the ambul ..... 
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No more alcohol served at the Lanesboro fire hall?

Tue, May 10th, 2011
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's Mayor Steve Rahn discussed alcohol policies at the fire hall during the city council meeting on May 2. Rahn said he asked the fire department for a recommendation. He said for years they have always had a "kitty" they used for money, and ..... 
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County discusses state rules for septic systems

Fri, May 6th, 2011
Posted in Government

The county board had a relatively light agenda at their May 3 meeting. Zoning Administrator Chris Graves and Feedlot Officer Mike Frauenkron detailed their opinion on what would be appropriate language for the Minnesota Rules Chapter 7080; Subsurfac ..... 
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Rushford waits for F&L development

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Government



A public hearing in reference to a proposed abatement for the F&L Development motel project received a continuation at the Monday, April 25 council meeting. The city had asked for a letter of commitment from the developer in reference to yet ..... 
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Fillmore County supports MAGIC

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Government



The Fillmore County board, at their April 26 meeting, unanimously adopted a resolution recommending the state legislature and Governor Mark Dayton work together with all 87 counties to pass the Minnesota Accountable Government Innovation and ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council discusses EDA loan

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Government



There were a couple of interesting items that came up for discussion at the City Council meeting on April 25. One item was on the agenda and the other was not.

The first was a report on the feasibility of doing reconstruction of Sou ..... 
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