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Street improvement hearing draws crowd


Fri, Oct 26th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - There was standing room only at the Spring Valley City Council meeting Monday night, October 22. The public hearing for the proposed improvement project for Hudson/Jefferson and Courtland Streets drew approximately 50 people that had questions and concerns about the project. The total estimated project cost is $2,006,338.75.

Costs for twenty five percent of the project, approximately $501,000, will be assessed to property owners. Of this amount, Spring Valley City property would be assessed $74,436 and private property $427,149.

Assessments are based on net footage, in this project there are 5,070.70 feet which will be assessed at $98.92 per foot. The average assessment is $7,165.50, which would be paid over a five year period.

One of the first to speak was Lucille Daggett. She lives at 204 South Hudson Avenue and questioned why her street needs to be done; "blacktop was put in with curbs in the 70's, why do you need to replace that?" Lucille questioned the assessment on her property when she is unable to improve any of the buildings because of living in a flood plain. The assessment on her property is $11,425.06.

Bryan Holtz from Yaggy Colby replied that the utilities are driving this project. "The sanitary and storm sewers are out of date, they leak, and the water is rusty to many homes," said Holtz. "In the 90's the sewers were televised and they showed significant infiltration. At this point there are no exceptions but special circumstances will try to be worked through."

Holtz also indicated that there would be significant tree removal on Hudson; "50% of the trees there will go." he said.

According to Holtz there would be new sidewalks and curb and gutter, and plants or bushes that are on city property would need to be removed by the property owner.

A representative of the Historical Society asked about the length of time construction would be underway. "Probably most of the summer", replied Holtz. "We cannot lose an entire season of being in construction" was the reply from the crowd. The assessment on the Historical Society is $6,528.60.

All of the streets will be widened to 66 foot right of way with a 36 foot gutter to gutter distance.

Many of the questions centered on an individual's property, with clarification on sidewalks, driveways, retaining walls, etc. Parking during construction was an issue with several people and Holtz told them that every effor .....
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Commissioners Report: County Board deals with personnel changes

Fri, Oct 26th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The County Commissioners dealt with personnel additions and replacements at their October 23 meeting. County Assessor Robert Pickett submitted his resignation effective December 28, 2007. The resignation was accepted with thanks for many y ..... 
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Fillmore County Zoning & Planning Commission: Old Spring Valley Creamery site rezoned commercial

Fri, Oct 19th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission, at their Thursday, October 18 meeting, unanimously approved rezoning property belonging to Terry Fetterly in Section 34 of Spring Valley Township from agricultural to commercial. Fetterly i ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council continues discussion of Capital Improvement Projects

Fri, Oct 19th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The Lanesboro City Council members have plans and major decisions to make in the near future when it comes to Capital Improvement Projects. There are several projects, including street repairs and sewer and water issues that need to be d ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Weather affects street work

Fri, Oct 19th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The soggy weather conditions that are plaguing the area have continued to delay the 2007 street improvements. Preston City Council members approved a measure extending the contract for an open ended completion date at their October 16 meet ..... 
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Flood issues preoccupy Rushford and city council

Fri, Oct 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The brittle rubble of a flood-wrecked Rushford home swings through midair in the steel maw of a powerful machine then drops into a Red Box container at the curb sending a wind-pushed plume of blue dust across the street into windowless ho ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council approves contract with Waste Management

Fri, Oct 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council met Monday night, October 8 and gave final approval to the contract with Waste Management. Waste Management had included an extra day of service for an event and fuel adjustment cost to the document at ..... 
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Harmony Council selects contractor for Community Center project

Fri, Oct 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

Members of the Harmony City Council made a decision on who would be doing the construction work at the community center this fall at their October 9 meeting. They received a total of six bids, and Mayor David Kingsley stated he was happy with them. ..... 
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County approves tax abatements for flood damage properties

Fri, Oct 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Assessor Robert Pickett presented the board with a very long list of properties in Fillmore County that should qualify for a tax abatement for the second half of 2007 at their October 9 meeting. These properties will have to have at least ..... 
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