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Lanesboro Council discusses capital improvement projects


Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro City Council members got together for a special meeting on April 7 to discuss the capital improvement projects and financing. They were also able to hear about some new options and lower costs from Mike Bubany of David Drown and Associates.

The city is planning on doing some major work to Whittier Street, including total reconstruction of the street, curb and gutter, water main and storm sewer. They will also be putting pavement and curb and gutter on Maple Drive. At the last council meeting, Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby presented the council with a total estimated cost of $680,000 for both projects. This time, however, the price tag was much lower, at $560,000.

Bubany explained that he and Dombrovski had made some adjustments to the cost based on bids that have been received in other towns for similar projects.

"The numbers are coming in below the usual cost estimates," said Dombrovski.

Another adjustment from the last meeting was changing the assessment percentage of Maple Drive to 100 percent assessed. Bubany explained that Maple Drive is a new addition, and the city will be putting black top on gravel and making new curb and gutter, not reconstructing the existing road, so it falls under the 100 percent assessed in the assessment policy. Normally during new construction, the curb, gutter and pavement are all completed and the cost goes to the property owners.

According to Bubany, these changes drive the cost of the assessments for property owners on Whittier Street down to almost half. The amount being assessed for that street, if the council goes with 25 percents, went from $94 a foot to $55 a foot. If Maple Drive is assessed at 100 percent, the cost to property owners will be $67 a foot, or an average of $6,000.

Bubany showed the council some projections for the future as far as tax rates, water and sewer bills with this proposed scenario, as well as with possible future projects. The tax rates for everyone in Lanesboro stay right on or slightly above the baseline of 73 percent. Sewer bills will go up slightly around 2015, and water bills will have a slight increase in 2009. Bubany added that even if the tax rates don't go up, that doesn't mean that property taxes will not increase if the value of the property increases. Also, new developments in the city will make the graphs look even better, as the taxes will be distributed among more property owners.

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SV City Council holds special session on flood buyout

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in Special Session on Wednesday night (April 9, 2008) to take action on three items regarding buy out of property in the Flood Plain.

Flood Damage Buyout by City

Lucille Daggett had approached the Ci ..... 
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Design Team to help Rushford plan

Fri, Apr 4th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Susan Hart, co-chair of the Rushford Steering Committee, addressed the County Board at their April 1 meeting. Hart asked commissioners to come to Rushford during the visit of the Minnesota Design Team (MDT) from April 24 through the 26 to ..... 
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County looks at tax abatement for Chatfield

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board listened to the public and representatives from Chatfield encouraging the county to approve the tax abatement plan for the Hilltop Estates Development at their March 25 meeting. Commissioners Stafford Hansen and M ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Board discusses Old School and New School with the public

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

A much-hoped-for Rushford-Peterson facilities grant to buy land, build a new school and refurbish old classrooms will not be included in the 2008-09 Minnesota bonding bill.

Citing state fiscal constraints and competition from districts that ..... 
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Preston gives treatment site to city of Fountain

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council voted unanimously at a special meeting on Monday, March 24, to gift the site of a Preston owned wastewater plant in Fountain to the city of Fountain. For the past 19 years, the city of Preston has operated a pre-treatment pl ..... 
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Results of Rushford housing study unveiled

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

The results of the long-awaited housing study conducted by Maxfield Research, commissioned by the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, were unveiled last Thursday at Stumpy's.

Numerous sources of funding and grants are dependent upon this study b ..... 
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Planning Commission approves wind turbine CUP

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning Commission, at their Thursday, March 27 meeting, approved a conditional use permit for Renee Haugerud to install two wind turbines near the new home she is building in Carimona Township. The matter will now go ..... 
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Lanesboro council looks at Whittier Street and Maple Drive improvements

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council have to make some major decisions about financing the much-needed repairs on Whittier Street and Maple Drive. At the regular meeting on March 17, Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby Associates presented the council ..... 
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