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Lanesboro Council discusses need for hazardous mitigation plan


Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman recently attended a Hazardous Mitigation meeting, and spoke to the City Council about it during their regular meeting on March 3. Information has been acquired from every city in Fillmore County regarding the potential for disasters or emergencies. They are calculating the potential costs and making a county-wide plan on how to handle any hazard. According to Vickerman, in order for cities to receive money from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), they will have to have a Hazardous Mitigation plan in place. The county will have to have a plan in place by the fall. Vickerman said each city will eventually have to have a plan in place as well.

Legislative Issues

Vickerman also spoke to the council about getting a House bonding bill to make improvements to the bathhouse at the park. Vickerman has spoken to Representative Ken Tschumper and given him some figures for making the bathhouse handicap accessible, and he has added them to the bill. According to Vickerman, if the bill does not go through, Tschumper has said that there are other options for funding the project. The city has previously applied for money from the DNR (Department of Natural Resources), which fell through. Vickerman included bids for both increasing the width of the current bathhouse and completely renovating it.

Council member Tom Dybing stated that Tschumper has presented a local sales tax bill, which will now be going to a tax committee. The council approved covering Dybing's mileage and other expenses if he goes to the committee to testify in favor of a local sales tax.

Other Business

• The council approved a sign for a new business opening up in town. Ross Trotterchaude is renting the Down Home store front where there will be a pet boutique called "Spoiled Rotten." The council looked at the design that will be in the front window. According to Trotterchaude, the lettering will be six inches high. The council felt the sign was appropriate and was not too bright or distracting.

• Vickerman asked the council which Capital Improvement projects that the engineer is not currently working on. Vickerman will be getting bids on both the fire hall roof and the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) projects.

• The council approved reimbursement for training for ambulance personnel at a total cost of $9,675.

Rushford council okays $1 million in loans to non-flood businesses

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Oh, the headlines. Nobody signed up to be front-page-news when the Feds-and-the-State tipped a dump truck full of disaster recovery funds on Rushford. Like-it-or-not, that money belongs to the taxpayers, the People. And exactly how the Pe ..... 
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Fillmore County joins Southeast Region Joint Power Agreement for communications

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Goodhue County Deputy Sheriff Scott McNurlin and consultant Tom Hannon brought the Fillmore County Board up to speed on the formation of the Southeast Minnesota Regional Radio Board at the February 26 county board meeting. At this time ele ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Street project specs approved

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session and passed a resolution Accepting Plans & Specifications and authorized bids on the Hudson Street project scheduled for this year. The estimates came out lower than originally calculated, accordi ..... 
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Preston to spruce up council chambers

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman received the go ahead from the Preston City Council at their February 19 meeting to do some research on costs and ideas for remodeling the city council chambers. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

Hoffman e ..... 
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Lanesboro adopts Assessment Policy

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The Lanesboro City Council adopted the revised Assessment Policy following a public hearing at its Tuesday, February 19 meeting. The meeting was a joint meeting of the council and the Lanesboro Public Utility Commission. Vince Jeannette ..... 
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Hypersonic still on hold

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - It was ironic really, walking over to last Wednesday evening's February 20 special session of the Rushford City council under a clear sky, temperatures below 10-below, the snow pack blue as the Earth from space, a shadow drifted across th ..... 
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Progress made on sewer systems

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig and Donna Rasmussen, Soil and Water Conservation District, updated the board on the progress of the program at the board's February 12 meeting. Craig explained that since 2004 there have been 4,205 individ ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Play ball

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

This much is clear, the great August flood and six-months of unprecedented public demand for decisions-to-be-made and actions-to-be-taken has tested the capacity of Rushford's small governing council, volunteer-staffed boards and commissions, as wel ..... 
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