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Commissioners Report: Future airport project may be moved ahead


Fri, Mar 2nd, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Commissioners adopted an airport plan for future hangers at the county airport at their February 27 board meeting. Highway Engineer John Grindeland explained that it was just a 'floor plan' or a layout for how future hangars will be "aligned on the ground." The approximately six acres are now being rented out as farmland. Next year the land will be seeded down to grass, so that it is available to be leased to individuals who want to sign twenty year leases and build their hangar. Individuals leasing the lots are responsible for developing their lot.

Grindeland reviewed the many improvements to the airport grounds over the last four years at a total cost of about $600,000. Most of the improvements, including taxi-ways and roads in front of the existing hangars, were paid for with federal monies; 95% federal, 5% county. He suggested that the federal aid was drying up.

Commissioner Randy Dahl stated that 2009 plans for the airport include a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) building. Federal funds are not expected to be available to help with the structure in that year. Dahl maintained that it would not be realistic for the county to fund the project 100%. However, Grindeland said that the Office of Aeronautics recently had some money replaced by the governor that had been borrowed for other state needs in recent years. Therefore, there is a short window of opportunity when there is a possibility of receiving a 50-50 cost share from the state for the FBO project. The project would have to be done later in 2007 and since money was not budgeted for it, the county's share of the money would need to come from the general fund. Grindeland estimated that the total cost to the county would be about $60,000 to $65,000.

The county would own the structure and it would be used by individuals doing services and mechanic work. The county would make revenue off the tenant or tenants as a percent of the business revenue would go to the county. Grindeland acknowledged that there has been some interest from possible tenants. The county would be paid back for their input monies over the years from their share of the revenue. Dahl suggested that the state cost share funds may not be available in 2009.

Dahl said that on this day, they were just asking for permission to reserve funds from the state while they were still available. Grindeland stated that the county would need to have a plan and have funds encumbered by July 1. The board di .....
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Rushford approves tax exempt funding for residential home

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2007
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RUSHFORD - Neighbors of the proposed FCHS (Fillmore County Handicapped Services, Inc.) residential home turned out for the public hearing February 26 regarding potential tax-exempt funding for the home. Steve Fenlon, representing FCHS, reminded the ..... 
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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 thre ..... 
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Council prefers further negotiations over eminent domain

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2007
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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.

Mayor Pro-tem Heath Mens ..... 
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Preston Council discusses Family Dollar and other issues

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2007
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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
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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
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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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