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Preston council scales back sidewalk improvements


Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council worked through its agenda with barely a quorum at its June 18 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks and David Harrison were absent. Bill Cox, Public Works, told the council that a third quote had been received for the 2007 sidewalk improvements. The low quote from Legend's Concrete at $11,422 was accepted by the council. Cox explained that he had prioritized the recommended sidewalks in order to stay within the city budget.

Preston has a budget of $5,000 to pay for the city's half of new sidewalks in 2007. Cox related that the properties at 210 Washington and the south side of a corner lot at 417 Preston would be put off for another year. Also, the allies between Preston and North and near 208 Franklin NW would be eliminated from this year's plans. Even with the cuts in proposed work, the city would still be about $1200 over budget.

Cox suggested that it may help in making the sidewalk projects more attractive to contractors if the city planned to replace deteriorating sidewalks every other year. This would allow twice as much sidewalk area to be completed in one season and may interest more contractors.

TH 52 Resolution Approved

City Administrator Joe Hoffman related that Fillmore County and several surrounding city leaders and business people recently met in Chatfield to discuss the deteriorating condition of TH 52 from Fountain north to the I-90 Interchange. Many of the cities and the county have passed a resolution asking MNDot to consider the immediate reconstruction of that dangerous section of TH 52.

Hoffman noted that MNDot has moved that section from planned reconstruction to planned maintenance. In the future plans now the section from Fountain to Chatfield is scheduled to get a bituminous overlay in 2009 and the section north of Chatfield is to have an overlay in 2011. No other work on these sections is included in MNDot's long range plans. Hoffman called the overlay maintenance a "band-aid." Council member Robert Sauer commented that it is a dangerous road. Mayor Pro-tem Heath Mensink said that semi trucks have clipped their mirrors many times on the narrow, steep curves on Nelson Hill, between Fountain and Chatfield. Hoffman added, "Overlaying junk, just gives you junk." Bill Cox agreed that cracks would soon come through the overlay and make it very short lived. The council approved the resolution.

Two-Way Car

Council member Jon Haugan asked the council to accept a gift of t .....
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Rushford takes positive approach with police issue

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council isn't sure exactly what to do in the stand-off over police protection with the City of Rushford Village, but the members agree that they wish to remain proactive and positive.

Mayor Les Ladewig advised ag ..... 
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Commissioners Report: New campus for Zumbro Valley Mental Health

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

Patricia Carlson, Executive Director of Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center (ZVMHC), updated the Fillmore County Board at their June 12 meeting on the progress toward consolidating its programs onto one campus. The new campus is located at 343 Wood L ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council hears request for fire protection from York Township

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

Harmony - On Tuesday, June 12 the Harmony City Council opened with Harmony Fire Chief, Bill Hanlon reporting that York Township had approached the city fire department with a request to cover their area. Currently York Township receives fire protect ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council will request bids for solid waste contract

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

At the June 11 council meeting, the Spring Valley City Council decided to update the Solid Waste Contract by putting it out on a "Request For Proposal" this fall. This will permit the City to advertise for other companies besides Waste Management to ..... 
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County Board passes resolution on Hwy 52

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The county board passed a resolution in support of immediate reconstruction of the deteriorating Highway 52 Corridor from the I-90 Interchange to Fountain at their June 5 meeting. The resolution requests that MnDot move forward to "analyze ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Differences resolved

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

Well, at least three out of four differences were successfully resolved when the Lanesboro City Council met June 4. The council spent the majority of its time dealing with the three issues presented them at their May 21 meeting. Mark Brewster's requ ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston street improvement bids under estimate

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

Joe Palen of Bonestroo and Associates announced to the June 4 Preston City Council meeting that there were four bids for the 2007 Street Improvement Project and that the low bid from Rochester Sand and Gravel was 11% under the estimate and $175,000 ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council hears overview of 2006 audit and budget

Fri, Jun 1st, 2007
Posted in Government

"Overall the City did a very good job of watching the budget".

These were the words of the City's auditor, Lloyd Johnson who appeared before the Council Tuesday night, May 29. He gave the members an overview of the audit and the budget for ..... 
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