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County moves ahead on airport building


Fri, May 4th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Engineer John Grindeland led a discussion about the possibility of erecting a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) building at the Preston/Fillmore County Airport at the commissioners May 1 meeting. Commissioner Randy Dahl related that the Airport Committee has plans to build such a building in one of the next several years. Grindeland made clear that a decision was necessary if the county was to take advantage of available state funds that would cover half the cost of the shell of the building. Grindeland estimates that the shell will cost a total of $60,000. All costs inside the shell including insulation, walls, facilities, etc. would be borne 100% by the county. Also, he noted that the cost of building structure would continue to rise in the coming years.

Grindeland stressed that he needs to let the state Office of Aeronautics know if the county wants the state funds as their fiscal year is coming to an end.

The 50-50 cost share from the state would require the building to be used as a FBO building. Otherwise the half share would have to be reimbursed to the state if the building were used for any other purpose any time in the future.

The building would be used by a "tenant" FBO operator who Grindeland suggested would also share in some of the cost of the interior. Grindeland estimated that the interior costs would be approximately $20,000 and that the "tenant" could share equally with the county in that cost. Potentially, the "tenant" would enter into a contract with the county, where over a ten year period the county's share of the interior costs would be reimbursed to the county by the "tenant," after which the county would receive a monthly income from the "tenant." Grindeland notes that the prospective "tenant" is a flight instructor and is a qualified mechanic.

The board voted to go ahead with the FBO project contingent on receiving cost share monies from the state.

Zoning

Zoning Administrator Norman Craig asked the board for and received approval for two of the three CUP's as recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission at their April 19 meeting.

Eco Energy out of Elgin, Illinois, plans to construct a Met (Wind) Tower in Bristol Township on the Lester and Kay Prinsen property south of Greenleafton. Commissioner Duane Bakke noted that specific wind speeds will be measured over a period of years. The study is to assess the area as a possible location for a wind farm. The CUP was .....
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Spring Valley awards bid on sewer project

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council was pleased in the bids received for the upcoming storm sewer/sanitary sewer project. The engineer's estimate for the project was $1,236,771.10 and the low bidder was Road Constructors, Inc. with a bid ..... 
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JOBZ for RiverBend gets local approval

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - When the Rushford City Council met on Monday, April 23, they heard reports from City Administrator Windy Block and City Attorney Terry Chiglo on the same day's Fillmore County EDA meeting. Block, Chiglo, and representatives from RiverBend ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Crime Victims Rights Week

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution declaring the week of April 22-28 to be Crime Victims Rights Week at their April 24 meeting. Sarah Monroe of Victim's Services noted that April was also Sexual Assault Awareness Month. ..... 
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Wind study approved in Greenleafton area

Fri, Apr 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - On Thursday, April 19, 2007 the Fillmore County Zoning Board met to review three conditional use permits (CUPs) and to discuss zoning ordinance revisions.

Eco Energy Wind Tower

The Zoning Board welcomed Paul Roeder of Eco En ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Spring cleaning time

Fri, Apr 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

After opening and then closing the Board of Appeals and Equalization with absolutely no citizen comment, the Lanesboro City Council focused on cleaning up Lanesboro at their regular council meeting April 16. A citywide cleanup is planned for Earth D ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston's financial situation improving

Fri, Apr 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

Lloyd Johnson, CPA, presented his report on the financial condition of Preston at the end of 2006 at the April 16 city council meeting. Johnson stated that the last four years showed a decrease in outstanding debt. He praised the city staff, Joe Hof ..... 
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Spring Valley Council Report: Taxpayers raise questions at board of review

Fri, Apr 13th, 2007
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SPRING VALLEY - There's an old saying that you should take it to city hall, and that was the case at the last city council meeting in Spring Valley.

The council held their board of review meeting where property owners in the city can appeal ..... 
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Rushford City Council: RiverBend Electronics takes over TRW

Fri, Apr 13th, 2007
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RUSHFORD - RiverBend Electronics general manager Gregg Reick, using a PowerPoint presentation, introduced his company to the Rushford City Council at their regular meeting April 9. RiverBend is a new company affiliated with RiverSide Electro ..... 
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