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Rushford Council special meeting focuses on well drilling


Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - It is rare for the Rushford council to discuss matters unrelated to the August flood, and Tuesday's, January 22, special session was no exception.

BDM engineer John Stewart advised the council on pending water issues.

The flood contaminated City wells, and in the aftermath, water from well #4 remains unsafe for consumption. Engineers will try again at the end-of-February to decontaminate the well, but in the meantime, the City received bids to "abandon" well #4, drill a new well, plus, drill a test well no farther than 600-feet from the proposed new-well-site north of the north-side bridge, adjacent to the swimming pool.

The special council session was convened initially to award 2-drilling-contracts to low-bidder, Mineral Service Plus, contingent upon council approval of a draft agreement between the City and its-own director of Public Works, Jeff Copley, permitting the test well to be drilled on Copley's property, 807 Mill Street, [Highway 43], adjacent the proposed new-well-site.

Stewart explained that drilling a test well too-near to the new well site could be problematic when it came time to calculate pumping pressure of the new well. Noting that the well could have been just as easily drilled across the highway on City property. Stewart explained that such a test well would have to be later abandoned, meaning it would be sealed with concrete at a cost of between $3,000 to $5,000.

"Given the cost to abandon the test well - Mr. Copley wanted the well - it seemed like a good idea."

Council members launched a barrage of questions, mainly relating to a perceived of conflict-of-interest - a City employee receiving exclusive benefits from a City project - and the stark inconsistency of providing a private residential well now, when City policy after the flood is to compel residents to seal all public wells.

According to the draft agreement, Copley would own and be allowed to use the 500-foot-deep, 6-inch-diameter well in the future to install a residential geothermal heat-pump for personal use. Exact cost for the test well remained unclear in the $49,950 low-bid submitted by Mineral Service because their lump-sum-price combined costs for abandoning well #4 with drilling the test well.

Nancy Benson pretty much summed up the council's collective concern when she stated. "I'm not comfortable with it."

In the end, the council added several stipulations to the Copley-City agreem .....
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Preston citizens troubled over Nursing Home closure

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston City Council chambers were full to capacity at the January 22 meeting. Citizens came to air their grievances after Good Samaritan announced their intention to close the Preston Good Samaritan Society nursing home by early March 2008. City Ad ..... 
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Lanesboro city considers new software purchase

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman would like the city council to approve a software upgrade for the city office employees. She presented information and bid amounts to the council at the regular meeting on January 22.

The soft ..... 
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Legislators meet with county board

Fri, Jan 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

Area Representatives Jeanne Poppe and Ken Tschumper, along with Senators Sharon Ropes and Dan Sparks, met with Fillmore County commissioners on Tuesday, January 15, to discuss upcoming bonding priorities for the 2008 Minnesota legislative session wh ..... 
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Rushford City Council: Rushford and Winona Health at odds over clinic building

Fri, Jan 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Rushford City Council, meeting for the first time in 2008 on January 14, immediately swore-in newly-elected council members. Not since former Mayor Ted Roberton resigned 2½-years-ago after only 5-months into his second term have residents e ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council discuses new swimming pool

Fri, Jan 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

The meeting of the Spring Valley City Council on Monday night was typical of the beginning of a new year. Committees were filled with new members and the legal steps of passing resolutions consumed most of the agenda.

The Mayor brought up t ..... 
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Kelleher tells county board "flood victims need to apply"

Fri, Jan 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - With the new year the county board elected a new chairman, Randy Dahl, and a new vice-chairman, Chuck Amunrud. Dahl started by again thanking everyone involved in the flood recovery effort including city and county staffs and the many volu ..... 
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Preston will blacktop Industrial Drive

Fri, Jan 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council voted at their January 7, 2008 meeting to proceed with blacktopping Industrial Drive in the Industrial Park.

General Manager Richard Eichstadt of POET Biorefining (Pro-Corn, LLC) had first requested an imp ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Chamber activities updated

Fri, Jan 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual meeting on January 14 to discuss highlights from 2007 and plans for the next year. Executive Director Julie Kiehne presented the City Council with the Annual Chamber Report at the regular mee ..... 
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