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Harmony City Council Report: Jacobson Addition assessments approved


Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Many residents of the newly-completed Jacobson Addition in Harmony were present at the city council meeting September 11 to find out how the cost of the improvements would be assessed. City Administrator Jerome Illg presented the council with an Assessment Roll showing a breakdown of the costs of the project, as well as the costs of the 100 foot road extension to the east.

It had been decided at a previous meeting to assess half of the cost of the project to the property owners and divide it evenly between the nine lots. The total cost, without the 100 foot extension, was $98,749.21. Each property owner will have to pay $5,721.89, plus $900 if there are hook-ups involved, over the next ten years on their property taxes.

The 100 foot extension cost $12,975.09. Half of the cost will be divided between Murrel Jacobson and Lee Bigalk, who own properties adjacent to the extension. Each of them will be assessed $3,243.77 for the extension. The original assessment roll stated that if they do not build on that property in five years, they would have to pay the city's half, or another $3,243.77.

Council member Gerald Shuck pointed out that if the owners do not build in five years, they will have paid more than 100 percent of the total cost of the project. He stated he was under the impression that the cost would be split nine ways, and if Jacobson and Bigalk did not build in five years, they would pay the remainder of the total cost of the project. He made a motion to this effect, and it was approved. The difference between what they would be assessed for that extension and the actual cost of the project was determined to be $765.65.

Illg mentioned that the final cost was about fifteen percent lower than projected and ended up being around $113,000. The resolution adopting the assessments and the final payment was approved.

Firemen Relief Association

Steve Donney and Randy Mayer spoke to the council about The Harmony Firemen's Relief Association, and how they contribute to the volunteer fire department and the community. The annual firemen's dance raises money for equipment, and they also raise money through gambling for the pensions of retired firemen.

According to Donney, the city has been giving the association $5,000 a year since approximately 1994, and they appreciate all that the city does for them.

Currently the retired firemen receive $550 for every year of service if they retir .....
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council sets preliminary 2008 levy

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council set the preliminary levy for the coming year at the September 10 meeting. It will increase 5% over this year. The final version will most likely decrease that amount to 2 to 3% after cuts in various dep ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Flood impacts on county budget

Fri, Sep 7th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Coordinator Karen Brown updated the board on the county's preliminary budget for 2008 at the September 4 meeting. She explained that the proposed budget has been whittled down by over $195,000 with savings found in several departmen ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Water issues dominate council meeting

Fri, Sep 7th, 2007
Posted in Government

Water was the theme of the evening as several Lanesboro residents turned out for the regular city council meeting on Tuesday, September 4. The discussion was regarding some serious, ongoing water run-off problems in town. Kelly Jean Ohl had written ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Council takes action on Water Treatment Plant

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council has held emergency meetings daily since the Rush Creek flood 2-weeks ago. In it's first regular session since flooding devastated the town, Mayor Les Ladewig and Council members Nancy Benson, Laura Deering, Larry ..... 
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Spring Valley goes after junk violations

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Junk Ordinance violations, again an issue of controversy at the August 27 Spring Valley City Council meeting, were given a second public hearing. Fillmore County Deputy Kevin Beck reviewed updated photos of the properties from two we ..... 
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Floods dominate county board agenda

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners had only one item on the agenda listed pertaining to the recent flood at their August 28 meeting. However, the tentacles of the flood's effect reached into almost all of the issues for the day.
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Rushford Village assesses flood damage

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

Rushford Village Mayor Gordon Johnson acknowledged that the figure $4.66 million was the city's "best seat of your pants guess" at flood losses in Rushford Village. "It depends if we need to replace a bridge or in some cases relocate a road," Johnso ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston replaces squad car damaged in flooding

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Police Chief Matt Schultz briefed the Preston City Council at their August 27 meeting on the need to replace a squad car that was lost in the Rushford flooding.

Schultz said that an officer responded to the emergency in Rushford on ..... 
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