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County Highway Department planning and funding


Fri, Jul 8th, 2011
Posted in Government

kreisner@fillmorecountyjournal.com

The county board spent most of their almost four-hour meeting on July 5 discussing future plans involving the Highway Department. County Engineer John Grindeland, Maintenance Superintendent Brent Kohn and Lead Accounting Technician Pam Schroeder provided information and answered the board's questions.

Roads and Bridges

Grindeland explained that Representative Jim Oberstar (MN), while serving on the US House Transportation Committee, started a rule on a national level that limits funding for bridges that fall within a three mile radius. Grindeland says now if funding is used for one bridge, another bridge that falls within the limit can not use state funding. He said this especially doesn't work well in Fillmore County because roads don't adhere to a grid.

The rule was put into effect because it was recognized that there was not enough money to replace all bridges. Money is to be spent on large "budget-busting" bridges first, like the large bridges that span across the Mississippi River. Grindeland said 1,000 township bridges can be built for the cost of one of these large bridges. The county has 475 bridges.

Grindeland noted that Phase II bridge inspections would have started this week if it were not for the shutdown. Bridges fall under the scrutiny of the state. Every year the priority rating of the bridges is updated. There are 50 to 70 on the list.

Commissioner Randy Dahl said it may be cheaper to do maintenance without the benefit of state money. Once state money is accepted for a repair, state standards and requirements must be met. He suggested they should consider bonding to maintain the bridges we have and keep them open.

Commissioner Duane Bakke said once a bridge is put on the critical list, the state seems to be more open to alternative ideas for fixing the bridge. Grindeland added that then the state will restrict use of the bridge with a weight limit.

Grindeland suggested a township fund is needed for replacement and repairs. He added they send letters each year to the townships with a list of bridges and what needs attention. Bakke believes these lists are not understood by the townships to be a maintenance schedule. Grindeland said his people note the deficiencies and townships are then to refer to consultant or contractor.

The board discussed how under state rules it would work best to turn back county roads that are within the limits o .....
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Rep. Davids disappointed Minnesota's government has shut down

Fri, Jul 8th, 2011
Posted in Government

On July 1, Minnesota's government was forced to shut down because the Legislature and Governor Dayton were unable to reach agreement on a balanced budget proposal for the next two years. State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) was disappointed ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses landscaping project

Fri, Jul 8th, 2011
Posted in Government

During the Lanesboro City Council meeting on July 5, there was much discussion about the landscaping project that was scheduled to be done this summer. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman stated the bid that was accepted last month from Landscape Ar ..... 
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Government This Week

Fri, Jul 8th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, July 11, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, July 11, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, July 11, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:0 ..... 
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County discusses implications of a state shutdown

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in Government

kreisner@fillmorecountyjournal.com

At the Fillmore County Board's June 28 meeting the Friday deadline for a possible state shutdown of non essential services was the topic of discussion. Because the court had not yet determined exactly which ..... 
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Spring Valley prepares for MS Tram Bike Ride

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in Government

It was routine business for the Spring Valley City Council on Monday. The semi-final payment to Jech Excavating Company totaling $104,175.10 was made for the Spring Valley Industrial Park Second project. There remains a retainage of (89,385.02) whic ..... 
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Football Press Box request for support brought before Chatfield City Council

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
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Craig Manahan, Chatfield Community Television (CCTV) Administrator, described the need for a CCTV press box at the high school football field at the city council's June 27 meeting. The total estimated cost to construct the press box is $25,000, whic ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
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• Tuesday, July 5, Ostrander City Council, Ostrander Community Center, 7:00 p.m.

• Tuesday, July 5, Rushford Village City Council, Community Center, 7:00 p.m.

• Tuesday, July 5, Fillmore County Commissioners, Courthouse, ..... 
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Motel developer has letter, not of commitment, but maybe

Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Government

The city of Rushford has been waiting several months for a letter of commitment from Merchant's Bank of Winona in support of motel developer Tom Serie, of F&L Development, Inc. Such a letter should provide the exact amount of funding the city would ..... 
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