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Spring Valley looks at options for sewer rates


Fri, Mar 2nd, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Could Spring Valley residents and businesses be looking at a sewer rate increase? At the meeting of the City Council on Monday, February 26, Administrator Deb Zimmer said the city is looking at a rate increase that could come in three options. The first would be a percentage increase on the per 1,000 rate. That could range from 5.6 to 10 percent. The second would be a flat increase of the base rate for commercial and residential. The third would be a two tier rate or a combination of other options. The proposal will be discussed at the next council meeting on March 4th.

Stormwater Project

On the agenda was a review of the Stormwater Project. At six o'clock the council and interested members of the public saw the maps of the proposed project and were given a time line of how it will be accomplished. The project will result in storm water pipes being replaced by larger pipes with increased capacity to handle the increased volumes from the north end of Spring Valley. The project consists of removing the old pipes in three stages starting at Highway 63 and 16 and extending northwest to Tracy Road on the north. The work is expected to be finished late summer and it will result in some disruption to homeowners along the route but access will be maintained to property, according to Zimmer.

Emergency Management

Jim Cooper, Ambulance Director told the Council that Emergency Management worked with City Utilities, the Fire Dept., and the Sheriff's Department in dealing with power outages and communications difficulties during the recent snowstorm. Cooper said that he, along with Director Jeff Kappers, attended a meeting with the County Emergency Management Director the previous week. They are working on a document that would authorize mutual aid and to work on all levels during an emergency or disaster. He also said that he has received two applications for EMT's and that an interview has been accomplished with one person and another has been scheduled. Cooper also announced that the new ambulance should be arriving from St. Paul in the next few days as soon as the radio equipment is installed.

Leonard Leutink reported on the recent snow storms and the problems encountered with clearing the streets. He was complimented by the Council on the fine job that the Street Department did in making the streets passable.

Learn and Earn

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Council prefers further negotiations over eminent domain

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government



PRESTON - An overflow crowd packed the Preston City Council chambers on Tuesday, February 20, to argue against the imposition of "eminent domain" to acquire the final two properties for the Forestville Trail.

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Preston Council discusses Family Dollar and other issues

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government



A public hearing was held on the proposed vacation of the north end of Farmers Street. Richard Sorensen of Sorensen Development explained that the extra land was needed to build the Family Dollar, without it there will be no store. The city ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: City sales tax progresses

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

At the joint city council and public utilities meeting February 20, the council moved forward toward a 1/2 cent city sales tax. Passing a resolution approving a sales and use tax, the council detailed the items on which the money would be used. Whit ..... 
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County supports state workplace smoking ban

Fri, Feb 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County Health Director Sharon Serfling asked the county board to support a statewide smoke-free workplace ordinance at the February 13 meeting. She made note that about 80% of Fillmore County residents are non-smokers. She informe ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Hearing set for proposed Rushford FCHS home

Fri, Feb 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

Steve Fenlon of MHC, a nonprofit tax-exempt financing specialist, addressed the Rushford City Council at their regular meeting February 12. As transaction manager, Fenlon asked the council to set a public hearing in order for FCHS (Fillmore County H ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council tables action on sewer/street development

Fri, Feb 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

Harmony - On February 13 the Harmony City Council welcomed Devon Scrabeck and other Harmony residents to discuss sewer connection issues for the Jacobson Addition Development. Scrabeck explained that, under the current utility layout, in order to bu ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council approves garbage contract

Fri, Feb 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council voted unanimously at their Monday, February 5 meeting, to grant a new five year contract to Waste Management for solid waste and recycling pick-up. The contract is for a period from April 1, 2007 through March 31, 2012. [Read the Rest]

Preston City Council Report: Feasibility study approved for Preston streets

Fri, Feb 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

Joe Palen of Bonestroo and Associates reviewed a preliminary report for Preston City streets at the February 5 Preston City Council meeting. Public Works Director Bill Cox noted that the streets were classified in one of three categories including h ..... 
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