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County Board approves application procedure for demolition and debris removal


Fri, Oct 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

Fillmore County flood victims that need to have their condemned primary residence demolished and removed can apply for grant money from the state. The board approved the application form and criteria and the process at their October 2 meeting.

Fillmore County will administer the distribution of $500,000 grant money made available by the state. Commissioner Randy Dahl noted that the goal of the funds is to help assure that the debris is disposed of properly and that it doesn't end up dumped in ravines and ditches. The other six counties effected by the August flood will also receive grant money from the state.

Dahl added that affected home owners need to get a permit for demolition. They will receive guidelines on how to qualify for the funds available at that time. Applications and criteria are to be posted on the county website and also will be sent to each city and township that has FEMA applicants. Applicants will have to supply copies of FEMA, Small Business Administration (SBA), and insurance letters. Teske suggested that the required documents help assure that attempts at using federal or FEMA dollars and/or insurance have been exhausted. A copy of a paid invoice for the demolition and removal and a copy of a paid invoice from the disposal site are required. Dahl said that help is available if needed to complete the SBA application. Teske added that SBA acts like a bank for FEMA. Applicants are not required to accept an SBA loan. The grant money is to help pay for removal costs not covered by insurance or FEMA. Teske said that FEMA only covers removal of debris on the right of way. As of October 1, the city of Rushford is no longer picking up individual debris. Dahl commented that not all homes have removed interior debris, but most have.

County Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter expects that reimbursement money can be paid to the home owner within a couple of weeks of the receipt of the paid invoices and after receiving approval from the Application Review Committee. Each approved applicant will receive up to $6,000. If the cost is more than that, the application will be held back. If the county has funds left over after the application period, an additional pro-rated check will be sent to those applicants to help cover their additional costs.

County Attorney Brett Corson asked if rental properties were included. Boelter said that the grant money is for individuals in their primary residence. Dahl questioned whether pe .....
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Public hearing to vacate Southern Hills easement set

Fri, Oct 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Developer Gary Grebin came before the Lanesboro City Council at their Monday, October 1, meeting to discuss the possibility of re-platting Lots 9 and 10 of the Southern Hills development, on the backside of Maple Drive. The matter was re ..... 
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Rushford council sorts out aid issues

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Government

By Bonnie Prinsen & Tom Driscoll

RUSHFORD - "We've heard from so many entities about our unique unity as a community," said Council member Nancy Benson at the regular meeting of the Rushford City Council last Monday, Sept. 24. "Money should n ..... 
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Flood recovery dominates county board agenda

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Government



PRESTON - Fillmore County commissioners faced a full agenda at their September 25 meeting with most issues relating to the recent flooding in southeastern Minnesota. A group of people from several organizations and departments detailed their ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Reconstruction of Hudson Street set for public hearing

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council met Monday night September 24 and passed a resolution calling for a public hearing on a major improvement project. Bryan Holtz of Yaggy Colby Associates presented the Feasibility Report to the Council. ..... 
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Rushford struggles with bad wells and condemnations

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Looking a little weary nearly a month after flooding transformed Rushford into a disaster area, Mayor Les Ladewig and City Council members Nancy Benson, Laura Deering, Larry Johnson and Herb Highum met in special session on Monday Septemb ..... 
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Board of Adjustment turns down variance request

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board of Adjustment voted on Thursday, September 20, to reject an application for a variance in Harmony Township.

Roger and Rosella Peterson had asked for a 902 foot variance to build a house on property they o ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Lanesboro 20/20

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held before the regular city council meeting in Lanesboro on September 17. The topic to be discussed was the Lanesboro 20/20 plans for the future, and Carla Noack was present to answer any questions about the document entitled " ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston hires new librarian

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met Tuesday September 18 for their regular meeting. Council member Robert Sauer was absent. Bob O'Reilly who sits on the Library Board detailed the board's unanimous recommendation for the new librarian, Elizabeth Anderson. ..... 
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