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Garbage trucks ruining Lanesboro streets and alleys


Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council listened to a few requests and concerns from Andy Drake on behalf of the street department during their meeting on May 3. Drake presented the council with some bids for rock. One was from Bruening Rock Products in Decorah for different kinds of rock, and one was from Orval Sorum and Sons in Winona. The council accepted both bids.

The council also accepted replacing some sidewalks starting on the 600 Block of Kenilworth. There is $10,000 budgeted for the sidewalks.

Drake stated that he is upset about damage that has been done to streets and alleys from the garbage trucks. He said they tore up the blacktop in two areas, and there is damage in other areas, such as the alleys in Brooklyn.

Council member Joe O'Connor commented that he thought the waste management company would be coming in with lighter trucks.

"So did I," replied Drake.

Lanesboro is in the third year of a five-year contract with the company. O'Connor asked if they can file a complaint. City Attorney Tom Manion said they can say the company has a duty to use equipment that is suited to the surfaces. The council voted to pursue their legal options to rectify the situation.

Drake also asked about an alley below Hillcrest between Calhoun and Auburn Avenues. He said the people living there have no parking, and they now park on the street. He asked if part of the alley could be cleaned up and have rock put on it so they could park there. The council agreed.

There will be some seal coating done to the Churchill area, as well as the softball field, light plant road and Little Norway. Rahn said the city should save the streets they have, and they voted to go ahead with it.

Community Center Repairs

Yaggy Colby recently did a structural evaluation of the Community Center and submitted their report to the city. Mayor Steve Rahn said the building also needs tuckpointing, and they should do that while they are already doing other work.

The building also needs work to the outside corner, work on the stage, and the flooring. The council voted to obtain bids to see how much the cost would be.

Museum Request

At the last meeting, the council had been asked by the museum to pay the utility bills. The council asked for more information about how much they pay in utilities. Vickerman gave a list of previous bills, which average out to $100 a month. She added that the Chamber pays its own utility .....
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Rushford Village discusses campground location

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

The April 20, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Public Works-Maint ..... 
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43 Fillmore County non-profit organizations in jeopardy of losing tax-exempt status

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

According to the Minnesota Council of Non-profits, accessible at www.mncn.org, a list of 7,536 nonprofit organizations in the state of Minnesota are on the verge of losing their tax-exempt status.

By midnight on May 15, any group that has no ..... 
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Preston's new parking ordinance, June 1

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

After much discussion over the last few months, the city council put the final touches on their new parking ordinance at the May 3 meeting. A resolution was adopted to establish parking zones for semi tractors and semi tractor trailers. Parking will ..... 
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County board continues telecommuting experiment

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

Two employees in the social services department have been working at least in part at home through telecommuting. Community Services Director Tom Boyd reported on the trial program at the board's May 4 meeting. He noted the set up expense for the co ..... 
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Mayors: Communities are at stake

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

Devastating, disproportionate and irresponsible. That's how Minnesota city leaders characterized Governor Tim Pawlenty's latest round of proposed cuts to local government aid (LGA). Mayors from across the state met in St. Paul today to reject the go ..... 
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County takes tentative steps toward ARMER

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen, at the county board's April 27 meeting, discussed where Fillmore County is in the process of inching toward ARMER interoperability. Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) was created by the Minnesota legislature in ..... 
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Bike trail ribbon cutting in Spring Valley

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

There was discussion at the Spring Valley City Council meeting regarding the proposed city campground east of the city. Leonard Leutink presented a preliminary plan to the Council. He explained that there is space for 20 sites, some of those are pul ..... 
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Ostrander discusses "no burn" policy

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Deputy Mayor Thompson. Mayor Linda Schwenn and Darrell Berg were absent.

Motion by Christenson, and seconded by Kunert and unanimously carried to accept th ..... 
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