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Harmony City Council Report: Council hears request for fire protection from York Township


Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

Harmony - On Tuesday, June 12 the Harmony City Council opened with Harmony Fire Chief, Bill Hanlon reporting that York Township had approached the city fire department with a request to cover their area. Currently York Township receives fire protection from Lime Springs, Chester and Preston fire departments. York has requested that the Harmony Fire Department take over from Lime Springs. Council member Jerry Shuck asked what the payment scale for the township would be. Hanlon replied that charges would be similar to the other townships the city covers. Hanlon further stated that he doesn't see a problem if the proposal becomes a reality. The council approved Hanlon moving forward with developing a fire coverage agreement with York Township.

Concluding this discussion Hanlon also asked the council's approval to add Kyle Hybel to the fire department plus a request to hold a pancake breakfast in the fire hall over the 4th of July weekend. The council approved both requests.

Dobie Days

The council welcomed Jerry Youngkin to discuss his concerns about the upcoming Dobie Days event. He complained that he was not notified prior to the council's approval of the event - if he would have known that it was being considered he would have attended the respective meeting to voice his concerns. He stated that he "doesn't want to stop it, but doesn't care for it either" then voiced concerns regarding parking, drunken behavior, vandalism, access to his driveway and trash.

Mayor David Kingsley acknowledged Youngkin's concerns. He replied that this is the event's first year, if problems such as the concerns that were raised take place, then the city wouldn't allow the event again. Shuck added that "we are trying to plan this as appropriate as possible." Youngkin replied that "no one (on the council) would like this event to take place by their homes either - no one."

Dobie Days Coordinator, Cory Scrabeck was available to address Youngkin's concerns. He acknowledged that his was a first time event and therefore is continuously being planned and evaluated to ensure the town experiences as little disruption as possible. He stated that trash and cleanup activities will be addressed at the beginning of each day during the event. There will be signs, fences and volunteers to keep event traffic off of neighboring properties - these signs will also be lit-up during the event's nighttime activates. Porta-potties will be set up on the event's w .....
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council will request bids for solid waste contract

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

At the June 11 council meeting, the Spring Valley City Council decided to update the Solid Waste Contract by putting it out on a "Request For Proposal" this fall. This will permit the City to advertise for other companies besides Waste Management to ..... 
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County Board passes resolution on Hwy 52

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The county board passed a resolution in support of immediate reconstruction of the deteriorating Highway 52 Corridor from the I-90 Interchange to Fountain at their June 5 meeting. The resolution requests that MnDot move forward to "analyze ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Differences resolved

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

Well, at least three out of four differences were successfully resolved when the Lanesboro City Council met June 4. The council spent the majority of its time dealing with the three issues presented them at their May 21 meeting. Mark Brewster's requ ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston street improvement bids under estimate

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

Joe Palen of Bonestroo and Associates announced to the June 4 Preston City Council meeting that there were four bids for the 2007 Street Improvement Project and that the low bid from Rochester Sand and Gravel was 11% under the estimate and $175,000 ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council hears overview of 2006 audit and budget

Fri, Jun 1st, 2007
Posted in Government

"Overall the City did a very good job of watching the budget".

These were the words of the City's auditor, Lloyd Johnson who appeared before the Council Tuesday night, May 29. He gave the members an overview of the audit and the budget for ..... 
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Rushford City Council reacts to Tri-City meeting

Fri, Jun 1st, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council spent a good share of its meeting May 29 discussing the recent Tri-City meeting and, more specifically, the police protection for Rushford Village. After affirming the council consensus that more meetings between ..... 
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Preston considers adopting State Building Code

Fri, May 25th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council discussed the pros and cons of adopting the State Building Code at their May 21 meeting. Planning and Zoning has recommended the adoption of the code. The code would regulate the building of homes including decks, ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Seeking to resolve differences

Fri, May 25th, 2007
Posted in Government

Disagreement was the common thread at the May 21 Lanesboro City Council meeting as the council moved from one issue to another. First the council held a hearing on Mark Brewster's request to rezone his property at 300 Elmwood Street East from R-2 (m ..... 
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